WITH VIDEO AND GALLERY: Storm creates spectacular light show over county - Met Office upgrades warning to amber for Saturday as more storms forecast

WITH VIDEO AND GALLERY: Storm creates spectacular light show over county - Met Office upgrades warning to amber for Saturday

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THERE were dramatic scenes across Dorset last night when lightning illuminated the skies.

The storm hit the county just before 11pm. Residents in the New Forest reported five ground strikes in rapid succession only 50m from houses.

Video by Steve Downes

A local weather enthusiast said Bournemouth experienced the hottest night for 11 years.

Jim Smith, who has been recording weather information at Springbourne since 1996, said the temperature was 20-21C all night before finally dipping below 20C at around 6am.

See all the pictures of the spectacular lightning show in our reader gallery

Bournemouth Echo: Jim Smith's weather graph Weather enthusiast Jim Smith’s graph for temperatures at Springbourne on the night of July 17-18

“The last time we had a night that warm was the night after the temperature record in the south east on August 10-11 2003,” he said.

But he said the rainfall during the spectacular lightning storms was relatively light.

“The storm only produced 1mm of rain here. It often looks worse on radar as a lot of the rain evaporates before reaching the ground,” he added.

Forensic meteorologist Richard Wild, of Bournemouth-based WeatherNet, confirmed the night's minimum temperatures had been the highest night-time minimums since 2003.

Official readings from the weather station at Hurn show a low for the night of 19.1C. That is higher than any minimum night-time temperature since August 5 and 11 2003, where the figure  was 20C on each occasion.

No figures are yet available for the King's Park weather station, but its previous records for the highest minimum night-time temperatures were 20.9C on August 11 2003, 20.7C on August 5 2003 and 19C on July 21 1989.

Dr Wild stressed that temperatures in cities were likely to have been much higher.

"Bournemouth will never get the warmest night ever in the UK because of its coastal location," he said.

"I would imagine there's probably somewhere that's been 23-24C.

"We had a superb flash of thunderstorms just before midnight. I think there's a risk of it again today but I think the greatest risk of a thunderstorm is probably going to be Saturday morning."

He said Saturday's temperatures were likely to reach around 23C with the risk of thundery showers in the morning, while the afternoon was likely to be muggy.

Next week's weather is also set to be hot, with temperatures expected to reach 27C on Tuesday.

A Met Office animation of last night's lightning strikes across the UK

Send your pictures and video footage to us by emailing digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk

According to the BBC, lightning struck more than 3,000 times in two hours around the country between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Readers have been sending their pictures and video footage of last night's dramatic scenes.

During this morning, the Met Office upgraded its earlier yellow 'be aware' weather warning for overnight and into Saturday to amber. 

The alert is valid from 12.15am until 11.45pm and covers Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

The warning says: "Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards during Saturday.

"Not everywhere within the warning area will see thunderstorms, and indeed some spells of warm sunshine are expected at times, but where thunderstorms do form, some torrential downpours are likely with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.

"Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses. The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption from any of these elements."

Bournemouth Echo: Lightning over Bournemouth. Picture by Rob Fleming. Photo by Rob Fleming

Penny Saunders captured the footage below last night from her son's bedroom window at their house in West Howe.

Bournemouth Echo: Lightning put on a spectacular show across Dorset on July 17 and 18, 2014.  Photo by Thomas Allcorn

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6:50am Fri 18 Jul 14

Caddington says...

Easily the biggest storms I've ever seen in 40 years, continuous lighting strikes for almost 15 minutes and a lot of noise, it was spectacular, I'm surprised the newspapers haven't picked up on it given it's magnitude
Easily the biggest storms I've ever seen in 40 years, continuous lighting strikes for almost 15 minutes and a lot of noise, it was spectacular, I'm surprised the newspapers haven't picked up on it given it's magnitude Caddington
  • Score: 5

7:04am Fri 18 Jul 14

joetheman says...

what parts of dorset
what parts of dorset joetheman
  • Score: -1

7:16am Fri 18 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Hear 2 claps of thunder that was it even missed the rain slept like a log.
Hear 2 claps of thunder that was it even missed the rain slept like a log. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 5

7:37am Fri 18 Jul 14

billy bumble says...

My dog was terrified
My dog was terrified billy bumble
  • Score: 1

7:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

simnic says...

we had loads of lightning, distant rumbles of thunder and probably the quickest heaviest rain ever...the rain lasted all of 30 seconds! Pretty spectacular lightning though...
we had loads of lightning, distant rumbles of thunder and probably the quickest heaviest rain ever...the rain lasted all of 30 seconds! Pretty spectacular lightning though... simnic
  • Score: 5

7:51am Fri 18 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

joetheman wrote:
what parts of dorset
The New Forest.
[quote][p][bold]joetheman[/bold] wrote: what parts of dorset[/p][/quote]The New Forest. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 0

8:25am Fri 18 Jul 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Fingersonthem wrote:
joetheman wrote: what parts of dorset
The New Forest.
Dorset, not Hampshire.
[quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joetheman[/bold] wrote: what parts of dorset[/p][/quote]The New Forest.[/p][/quote]Dorset, not Hampshire. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 3

8:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

A half hour of intermittent rain, a few claps of thunder and a few bolts of lightening, I've seen a lot better.
The light show was brilliant but nothing to write home about, the heatwave we were all warned about never materialized and today looks pretty cloudy at the moment so all the coloured alerts scaring people that we were all going to burn to death, get struck by lightening or drown were all a damp squib, lets hope the thunder and lightening on Saturday is worth staying up late for.
A half hour of intermittent rain, a few claps of thunder and a few bolts of lightening, I've seen a lot better. The light show was brilliant but nothing to write home about, the heatwave we were all warned about never materialized and today looks pretty cloudy at the moment so all the coloured alerts scaring people that we were all going to burn to death, get struck by lightening or drown were all a damp squib, lets hope the thunder and lightening on Saturday is worth staying up late for. Hessenford
  • Score: 6

9:08am Fri 18 Jul 14

MrPitiful says...

It gave my tomato plants a good watering - they are buzzing this morning!
It gave my tomato plants a good watering - they are buzzing this morning! MrPitiful
  • Score: 12

9:37am Fri 18 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Did not know there was a storm until my neice mentioned it on Facebook. Must have slept through the whole storm. Could not have been as loud as the baby downstairs waking me up at 4.30..............lo
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Did not know there was a storm until my neice mentioned it on Facebook. Must have slept through the whole storm. Could not have been as loud as the baby downstairs waking me up at 4.30..............lo l TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

10:14am Fri 18 Jul 14

funkyferret says...

I drove from Weymouth to Poole from midnight - following these awesome storms along the Purbeck coast with another from the Yeovil / Dorchester direction providing lightning every 10 - 15 seconds.
Being a photographer, I was gutted I didn't have my camera with me at the time.
I drove from Weymouth to Poole from midnight - following these awesome storms along the Purbeck coast with another from the Yeovil / Dorchester direction providing lightning every 10 - 15 seconds. Being a photographer, I was gutted I didn't have my camera with me at the time. funkyferret
  • Score: 12

10:28am Fri 18 Jul 14

beautifulcornwall says...

Down here in Cornwall Last evening, now that was a light show, absolutely magnificent, cant wait for tonight or tomorrow.
Down here in Cornwall Last evening, now that was a light show, absolutely magnificent, cant wait for tonight or tomorrow. beautifulcornwall
  • Score: 6

10:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

Vikki27 says...

It was an amazing electrical storm. Wish I'd managed to catch such good pictures on my phone. Beautiful sight.
It was an amazing electrical storm. Wish I'd managed to catch such good pictures on my phone. Beautiful sight. Vikki27
  • Score: 6

10:57am Fri 18 Jul 14

justme20092009 says...

oh my days some lightning
oh my days some lightning justme20092009
  • Score: -1

11:34am Fri 18 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
Fingersonthem wrote:
joetheman wrote: what parts of dorset
The New Forest.
Dorset, not Hampshire.
The storm hit the county just before 11pm. Residents in the New Forest reported five ground strikes in rapid succession only 50m from houses.

That the trouble with you late risers you are reading the late editions published in Southampton no county was mentioned

Thank you pointing out that the New Forest in Hampshire I would never have realised that unless driving up Roeshot Hill and saw the signage announcing that I had arrived in the county of my birth. There were other occasions that I knew that I was entering Strong Country but alas that is no more thanks to Whitbreads.
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joetheman[/bold] wrote: what parts of dorset[/p][/quote]The New Forest.[/p][/quote]Dorset, not Hampshire.[/p][/quote]The storm hit the county just before 11pm. Residents in the New Forest reported five ground strikes in rapid succession only 50m from houses. That the trouble with you late risers you are reading the late editions published in Southampton no county was mentioned Thank you pointing out that the New Forest in Hampshire I would never have realised that unless driving up Roeshot Hill and saw the signage announcing that I had arrived in the county of my birth. There were other occasions that I knew that I was entering Strong Country but alas that is no more thanks to Whitbreads. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 8

11:58am Fri 18 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?
I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 2

12:18pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?
As a couple of these things were blown down in Cornwall in February probably not very well.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?[/p][/quote]As a couple of these things were blown down in Cornwall in February probably not very well. Hessenford
  • Score: 2

12:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

ragdoll91 says...

Hessenford wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?
As a couple of these things were blown down in Cornwall in February probably not very well.
we lived in cornwall for a few years and you honestly get used to the wind turbines. Ive started to think they look quite graceful. they are alot less ugly than coastal towns half submerged when global warming causes sea levels to rise! :0 Ive not heard of any turbines falling over and we had cracking storms, winter gales and lighting , like we never see here. STUNNING pictures everyone. lets hope for another cracker tonight. rather our does the pier fireworks! hoping the gardens don't flood again on the first summer holiday weekend.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?[/p][/quote]As a couple of these things were blown down in Cornwall in February probably not very well.[/p][/quote]we lived in cornwall for a few years and you honestly get used to the wind turbines. Ive started to think they look quite graceful. they are alot less ugly than coastal towns half submerged when global warming causes sea levels to rise! :0 Ive not heard of any turbines falling over and we had cracking storms, winter gales and lighting , like we never see here. STUNNING pictures everyone. lets hope for another cracker tonight. rather our does the pier fireworks! hoping the gardens don't flood again on the first summer holiday weekend. ragdoll91
  • Score: -1

1:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

MngsMnr says...

If you're in the Longham area please keep a look out for this lost dog.
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If you're in the Longham area please keep a look out for this lost dog. http://www.doglost.c o.uk/dog-blog.php?do gId=71980#.U8kLtUC9Z mM MngsMnr
  • Score: 7

2:22pm Fri 18 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

Hessenford wrote:
A half hour of intermittent rain, a few claps of thunder and a few bolts of lightening, I've seen a lot better.
The light show was brilliant but nothing to write home about, the heatwave we were all warned about never materialized and today looks pretty cloudy at the moment so all the coloured alerts scaring people that we were all going to burn to death, get struck by lightening or drown were all a damp squib, lets hope the thunder and lightening on Saturday is worth staying up late for.
I bet you're fun at parties.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: A half hour of intermittent rain, a few claps of thunder and a few bolts of lightening, I've seen a lot better. The light show was brilliant but nothing to write home about, the heatwave we were all warned about never materialized and today looks pretty cloudy at the moment so all the coloured alerts scaring people that we were all going to burn to death, get struck by lightening or drown were all a damp squib, lets hope the thunder and lightening on Saturday is worth staying up late for.[/p][/quote]I bet you're fun at parties. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Shame the baloon in the gardens didnt take direct hit.
Shame the baloon in the gardens didnt take direct hit. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

3:16pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

ragdoll91 wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?
As a couple of these things were blown down in Cornwall in February probably not very well.
we lived in cornwall for a few years and you honestly get used to the wind turbines. Ive started to think they look quite graceful. they are alot less ugly than coastal towns half submerged when global warming causes sea levels to rise! :0 Ive not heard of any turbines falling over and we had cracking storms, winter gales and lighting , like we never see here. STUNNING pictures everyone. lets hope for another cracker tonight. rather our does the pier fireworks! hoping the gardens don't flood again on the first summer holiday weekend.
Coastal towns half submerged due to rising sea levels caused by global warming ? Natalie Bennett would be proud :)
[quote][p][bold]ragdoll91[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I wonder how a massive Navitus Wind Farm of the coast of Dorset will fair through such weather ?[/p][/quote]As a couple of these things were blown down in Cornwall in February probably not very well.[/p][/quote]we lived in cornwall for a few years and you honestly get used to the wind turbines. Ive started to think they look quite graceful. they are alot less ugly than coastal towns half submerged when global warming causes sea levels to rise! :0 Ive not heard of any turbines falling over and we had cracking storms, winter gales and lighting , like we never see here. STUNNING pictures everyone. lets hope for another cracker tonight. rather our does the pier fireworks! hoping the gardens don't flood again on the first summer holiday weekend.[/p][/quote]Coastal towns half submerged due to rising sea levels caused by global warming ? Natalie Bennett would be proud :) Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Understated says...

i recall a fantastic lightning display last year around march/april. went to the clifftops to watch it, there was a pink tint to the lightning and it was much more frequent lightning than last night, but not as many spectacular forks.
i recall a fantastic lightning display last year around march/april. went to the clifftops to watch it, there was a pink tint to the lightning and it was much more frequent lightning than last night, but not as many spectacular forks. Understated
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Fri 18 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

I have only exsperianced one Electric storm ,That was back in the 1970s .Continuous Flashes /Lightning ,Thunder,,The colour of the sky was a red /amber .
Very dangerous.That was in Parkstone,
I have only exsperianced one Electric storm ,That was back in the 1970s .Continuous Flashes /Lightning ,Thunder,,The colour of the sky was a red /amber . Very dangerous.That was in Parkstone, cromwell9
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Fri 18 Jul 14

aspie2 says...

billy bumble wrote:
My dog was terrified
Being a Geek and a Nerd I was terrified ! I thought the planets Electro-magnetic field was collapsing. For the longest time I couldn't see the moon, even though it was clear skies. Then when the moon finally showed itself I seemed to look bigger than normal, and I actually thought something like an asteroid or meteorite had impacted the moon knocking it in to a different (closer) orbit. I was so relieved when I saw the weather report this morning.
"From Wallisdown"
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: My dog was terrified[/p][/quote]Being a Geek and a Nerd I was terrified ! I thought the planets Electro-magnetic field was collapsing. For the longest time I couldn't see the moon, even though it was clear skies. Then when the moon finally showed itself I seemed to look bigger than normal, and I actually thought something like an asteroid or meteorite had impacted the moon knocking it in to a different (closer) orbit. I was so relieved when I saw the weather report this morning. "From Wallisdown" aspie2
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Fri 18 Jul 14

ScoobyVic says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
Fingersonthem wrote:
joetheman wrote: what parts of dorset
The New Forest.
Dorset, not Hampshire.
Bournemouth, Southbourne to be more precise.
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joetheman[/bold] wrote: what parts of dorset[/p][/quote]The New Forest.[/p][/quote]Dorset, not Hampshire.[/p][/quote]Bournemouth, Southbourne to be more precise. ScoobyVic
  • Score: 0

7:57pm Fri 18 Jul 14

beej22 says...

Hessenford wrote:
A half hour of intermittent rain, a few claps of thunder and a few bolts of lightening, I've seen a lot better.
The light show was brilliant but nothing to write home about, the heatwave we were all warned about never materialized and today looks pretty cloudy at the moment so all the coloured alerts scaring people that we were all going to burn to death, get struck by lightening or drown were all a damp squib, lets hope the thunder and lightening on Saturday is worth staying up late for.
probably best to head to Bournemouth pier for their fireworks if you want to see definite spectacular pyrotechnics:)
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: A half hour of intermittent rain, a few claps of thunder and a few bolts of lightening, I've seen a lot better. The light show was brilliant but nothing to write home about, the heatwave we were all warned about never materialized and today looks pretty cloudy at the moment so all the coloured alerts scaring people that we were all going to burn to death, get struck by lightening or drown were all a damp squib, lets hope the thunder and lightening on Saturday is worth staying up late for.[/p][/quote]probably best to head to Bournemouth pier for their fireworks if you want to see definite spectacular pyrotechnics:) beej22
  • Score: 0

8:24pm Fri 18 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

Fingersonthem wrote:
joetheman wrote:
what parts of dorset
The New Forest.
That's Hampshire!
[quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joetheman[/bold] wrote: what parts of dorset[/p][/quote]The New Forest.[/p][/quote]That's Hampshire! JemBmth
  • Score: -3

9:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Horridbloke says...

It was exactly like a 1990 music video.
It was exactly like a 1990 music video. Horridbloke
  • Score: 0

6:58am Sat 19 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

JemBmth wrote:
Fingersonthem wrote:
joetheman wrote:
what parts of dorset
The New Forest.
That's Hampshire!
Is it, well I never did as my old granny would say.
[quote][p][bold]JemBmth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joetheman[/bold] wrote: what parts of dorset[/p][/quote]The New Forest.[/p][/quote]That's Hampshire![/p][/quote]Is it, well I never did as my old granny would say. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 3

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