An uncommon climate phenomenon resembling a twister has been noticed throughout the UK because the nation was battered by thunderstorms on Thursday.
Weather watchers shared sightings of funnel clouds – described by the Met Office as “extended, spinning fingers of cloud”.
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They attain in the direction of the bottom however crucially, by no means contact it – differentiating them from a twister.
Funnel clouds have been noticed in northern England and the Midlands, together with hovering above Humberside Airport and looming over south Lincolnshire, in addition to Bedfordshire and Peterborough.
Others noticed funnel clouds within the South East above Deal and Sandwich in Kent, in addition to Basingstoke in Hampshire.
Explaining the phenomenon, Sky News climate producer Joanna Robinson stated: “Funnel clouds are rotating columns of air that display a cone shape extending towards the ground from the base of a much larger cloud, often a cumulonimbus.
“In the UK they look a bit like a finger in the sky or a dangling piece of rope.
“They solely turn into a twister as soon as they attain the bottom, or a waterspout in the event that they attain water.
“They have been spotted over the last few days, particularly across eastern parts of England today.
“It’s not that uncommon to see funnel clouds in showery set ups like this and on common the UK sees 35 tornadoes a yr, however they’re normally weak and trigger little or no injury.”
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The sightings within the UK adopted the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for thunderstorms throughout massive components of the UK till 7pm on Thursday.
The forecaster stated showers and a threat of thunder will proceed all through the early night, doubtlessly inflicting troublesome journey circumstances.
However, the moist climate will give solution to drier however cloudier skies on Friday, earlier than drier, brighter and hotter circumstances are anticipated on Saturday, when temperatures might attain highs of 20C (68F).