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UK Lightning Map

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EUCLID Lightning Detection


Lightning is produced in thunderstorms when liquid and ice particles above the freezing level collide, and build up large electrical fields in the clouds. Once these electric fields become large enough, a giant "spark" occurs between them (or between them and the ground) like static electricity, reducing the charge separation. The lightning spark can occur between clouds, between the cloud and air, or between the cloud and ground. As seen in the photo above, cloud-to-ground lightning usually occurs near the boundary between the updraft region (where the darkest) clouds are, and the downdraft/raining region (with the lighter, fuzzy appearance). Sometimes, however, the lightning bolt can come out of the side of the storm, and strike a location miles away, seemingly coming out of the clear blue sky. As long as a thunderstorm continues to produce lightning, you know that the storm still has active updrafts and is still producing precipitation. The temperature inside a lightning bolt can reach 50,000 degrees F, hotter than the surface of the sun. Objects that are struck by lightning can catch on fire, but since the flash is so brief, objects can also show little or no evidence of burning at all.

  • No weather warnings have been issued for Gloucestershire at this time.

Minicast

    Today
Morning:Forecast Icon

7°C

Afternoon:Forecast Icon

11°C

Evening:Forecast Icon

10°C

Overnight:Forecast Icon

6°C

    Tomorrow
Morning: Forecast Icon

6°C

Afternoon: Forecast Icon

8°C

Evening: Forecast Icon

8°C

Live conditions
Cheltenham
Few Clouds
Few Clouds
8°C
Forest of Dean
Nearby showers, Partly cloudy
Nearby showers, Partly cloudy
8°C
Gloucester
Few Clouds
Few Clouds
9°C
North Cotswolds
Few Clouds
Few Clouds
8°C
Bristol
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
8°C
  Thursday's Extremes
High Temp: 7.4°C   at  8:13 AM
Low Temp: 4.7°C   at  6:25 AM
Solar High: 149 Wm/2;  at  8:14 AM
Rain Rate: 0.0 mm/hr  at  00:00 AM
Wind Gust: 17.3 mph  at  8:04 AM
Min Windchill: 2.1°C  at  5:39 AM
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