Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office. For the latest information please go to http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map
The Met Office also has a wealth of advice including what to do during thunderstorms:
During the thunderstorm
- Avoid using the phone - telephone lines can conduct electricity.
- Avoid using taps and sinks - metal pipes can conduct electricity.
- If outside avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.
- Avoid activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating on a lake.
- If you find yourself in an exposed location it may be advisable to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground.
- If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately.
The call to take extra care comes as the Service resumes normal cover after a strike which took place on 19 July between 11am and 1pm. Our contingency crews attended a small number of incidents - a fire alarm in Hove, a house fire in Crowborough and two careline alerts.
Further industrial action dates can be found here: http://www.esfrs.org/about_us/industrialaction.shtml