A HUGE thunderstorm lit up the skies over Dorset on Saturday night.

Buckingham Palace wasn’t the only place to enjoy an impressive light show as lightning flashed across the skies for several hours.

Heavy rain also brought disruption with flooding reported in Ringwood Road at the junction with Dale Road.

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Flooding was also seen in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, Poole Bus Station and Baiter Park.

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The storm came after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning of thunderstorms for much of the country, including Dorset.

The warning came into force at midnight and originally remained in place until 6pm today however this has now been lifted. 

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A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Thunderstorms and areas of rain are expected to develop over parts of England and Wales during the early hours of Sunday.

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"Torrential downpours are likely in a few places with parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and southeast England most at risk. Some places could see 15-20 mm in an hour, and perhaps up to 50 mm before storms fade, and hail may affect a few spots.

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“These thunderstorms will slowly spread into southern parts of northern England on Sunday morning before easing. Further south, drier conditions briefly develop on Sunday morning before further showers and thunderstorms develop over some parts of southern England, Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia later. These may give some heavy downpours with a further 10-20 mm possible in some places.”

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According to the Met Office forecast, today will be dry with sunny intervals between 11am and 1pm with the chance of a shower around 4pm and 5pm.

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The evening will be dry and bright.

The dramatic weather on Saturday night came just weeks after a thunderstorm which saw almost 4,000 lightning strikes recorded in Dorset in just a few hours.