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WEATHER WARNING: Rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightning as rain sweeps into Sheffield

Lightning.
Lightning.

Deep rumbles of thunder and lightning flashes can be seen and heard across Sheffield as the first storm in weeks sweeps over the city.

After spending weeks of basking in the sunshine, dramatic storms are expected today.

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The Met Office issued a weather warning for large parts of the north of England between 2pm and 11.45pm.

The warning states: "Whilst many places are likely to remain dry, there is the potential for thunderstorms to develop during Friday afternoon, lasting well into the evening.

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"Where these occur expect torrential downpours with a much as 30 mm of rainfall in 1 hour and 60 mm in 3 hours.

"Large hail and strong, gusty winds will be additional hazards."

The forecast for today states it will be very warm and humid, with the best of the sunshine this morning.

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Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and evening, bringing torrential rain and lightning.