Britain is being battered by lightning and torrential rain this week as raging storms strike all over the country and the miserable start to autumn co
Britain is being battered by lightning and torrential rain this week as raging storms strike all over the country and the miserable start to autumn continues.
Storms and downpours are set to continue sweeping across the UK over the next few days with flooding likely in places.
The storms are expected to disrupt some transport and cause sewage systems to overflow – dumping sewage in Britain’s rivers and beaches.
At least 71 beaches will be hit by sewage overflows as heavy rain floods the water system, according to figures from charity Surfers Against Sewage.
The Met Office has forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms across the country for the next few days.
This morning was dry and windy for many parts of the country, but the afternoon could see thunder and lightning across parts of Wales, the midlands and the south of Scotland.
Tomorrow, September 8, will see lighting and extreme weather in almost every part of the UK in the early afternoon as huge storms lash the country.
Dramatic footage showed the storm rocking boats and shaking a jetty in strong gales in Padstow Harbour in Cornwall.
One holidaymaker, who was visiting celebrity chef Rick Stein’s coffee shop in the town, said: ‘I can’t believe it. I came to Padstow for a Rick Stein pasty and I’m wet through.
‘The raindrops are literally the size of marbles. So much for summer!’
Padstow Harbour in Cornwall was rocked by a massive storm as boats were shaken and the town was lashed with rain
A huge lightning storm created a stunning spectacle in the skies over Liverpool yesterday afternoon as storms hit the UK
A photographer captured a stunning lighting strike at Freshwater Bay off the coast of the Isle of Wight yesterday
North Wales was also subject to lightning strikes and heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon, with more stormy weather expected throughout the week
The Met Office forecasts Thursday will see an ‘increasing risk’ of downpours, especially in north-east England and eastern Scotland.
The devastating storms are likely to subside by the weekend, although some thunder and rain is expected.
More than 36,000 lighting strikes were recorded in just 12 hours on Monday as storms raged across large parts of the UK, particularly in the north of Scotland.
A tornado was spotted in Scotland off the coast of Midlothian yesterday afternoon to the surprise of locals.
A Met Office yellow warning of thunderstorms was in force until 11pm on Tuesday for much of central, eastern and north eastern Scotland.
The Met Office said the tornado was a waterspout, a type of tornado that forms over open water.
Twitter user Aisling posted a video of it passing Rosewell, Midlothian and wrote: ‘Never seen anything like it. It went right by our house. The video doesn’t capture how intense it was.’
Others shared their surprise, with one person writing: ‘Never seen a tornado before in Midlothian’ while another tweeted: ‘Tornado in Midlothian. Crazy weather.’
The rain is expected to badly hit the UK’s sewage system, with overflows affecting bathing spots, nature areas and rivers.
Water companies have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks as details have emerged about the shocking volume of sewage being dumped.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas told ministers to ‘cut the c***’ as she accused the government of failing to prevent ‘literal s***’ being pumped into Britain’s waterways.
Thousands of gallons flooded into water off the coast of popular resorts Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – all of which have had a sewer overflow in the last 48 hours.
A spokesman for Wessex Water said that storm overflowers automatically operated in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas following intense rainfall.
Just a fortnight earlier the beaches were packed with tens of thousands of visitors cooling off in the sea as temperatures soared.
The water company spokesman said: ‘Storm overflows are permitted by the Environment Agency and operate automatically, releasing mostly storm water during or after intense rainfall to prevent flooding in people’s homes.
‘Wessex Water is the only UK water and sewerage company to provide overflow discharge alerts 365 days a year, with complete coverage of all bathing waters in our area and we notify Surfers Against Sewage ourselves.
‘Every month we are investing £3 million on storm overflows, starting with those that discharge most frequently or have any environmental impact.’
The beaches also faced overflows after heavy rainfall mid-August.
On August 17, the Wessex Water website confirmed sewage had been discharged at West Bay, Eypemouth, Swanage, Hengistbury Head, Avon Beach and Friars Cliff in Christchurch.
Some Conservative MPs suggested water company bosses should not continue to take their ‘huge salaries’ and bonuses when they cannot say their ‘house is in order’.
Water companies have dumped excessive amounts of sewage into rivers and seas in Britain. One place that has been affected is Lake Windermere (pictured) as raw sewage was pumped into the lake for 1,719 hours in 2020
Figures from charity Surfers Against Sewage suggest 71 beaches in England and Wales will be hit by sewage dumps after rain flooded water systems on Monday night. Pictured: Surfers protest against sewage dumping last year
Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government was working on a ‘scale never seen before’ to tackle the problem of sewage overflows.
Recent figures have shown a massive increase in the amount of sewage dumped by water companies in the last few years.
Environment Agency data shows the amount of raw sewage being pumped into the UK’s rivers and seas increased by a stunning 2,553 per cent.
From 2016 to 2021, sewage was spewed into waterways for almost 9.5 million hours – 1,076 years.
Many Brits have spotted sewage being pumped into the sea this summer, often close to beaches which have been popular during the hot weather.
Some have even been made ill after unknowingly swimming in raw sewage off the coast after it discharged by water companies.
The Department for the Environment said in August it would provide £56 billion over the next 25 years to stop raw sewage pouring into seas and rivers.
Water companies have until 2035 to improve sewage overflows next to bathing sites and improve 75 per cent of overflows at nature sites.
This will apply to all waterways by 2050.