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  1. Looks like more development to the south, maybe impacting more central parts of the region. Will have to see if it develops or fizzles out. Edit: Weird strobe lightning here. No rain or thunder but near constant elevated flashes. Very weird.
  2. It has certainly become very humid since those light showers passed through. Sun is out, temperatures increasing 27 - feels hotter though. Definitely 'feels' like it will go boom. It's been a bumper year for thunderstorms in the west and south of the region. Edit: Just to highlight Estofex' take on it too. Areas of risk match closely to met office and Nick F's as Jo posted above.
  3. No thunder but quite a hefty shower moving through with good old big convective rain droplets.
  4. Distant thunder now quite a lot from that cell that's popped up. I just want rain now the humidity is getting to me lol.
  5. Another storm, this week has been madness up here for thunder. I think I've had more since Saturday than in the previous few years put together. I hope the south does get lucky though the arome has been wrong many times!
  6. Thunder again - I've lost count now. I wish our weather here in the North West came from the East/South East more often! It's so much more interesting than usual. We've got the storm in the North West now which in a normal year would be extremely impressive, then my eye is on all that in the midlands moving northwest. My gut says it will dissipate before it gets up here but who knows in this set up I'm not ruling anything out.
  7. A lot of the North West has done well out of this spell - we haven't had a direct hit but Saturday's storm was pretty close and still produced the best lightning I've seen in a very long time. We've had lot's of convection and thunder every day now for 4 days. It feels like our usual crap climate has been replaced by an exciting tropical, thundery mix. I hope it lasts a bit longer I enjoy living on Merseyside-Florida.
  8. Shaping up to be a beautiful few days, low 20s and low humidity are my favourite, although I'm still waiting for a thunderstorm ??.
  9. School closures at last. Two weeks late but thank God they've seen sense.
  10. At least the government have realised the herd immunity strategy was reckless and have started taking this outbreak seriously. Hopefully they will learn lessons about giving clarity and next time something like this happens legislate against panic buying and hoarding. Frankly it should come with a prison sentence some of the scenes in shops have been a disgrace.
  11. Mate I've seen and heard a lot of worry about this disease and it isn't unwarrented. Remember that - for some reason- it always seems that the worst of us: panic buying, selfishness and bog roll - gate always gets splashed on the media BUT (no puns intended there) situations like this bring out the quiet best of us. All over the world communities are rallying to help each other via social media and traditional contact methods - no it won't make top of the tabloid rags very often but there's always that human spirit you can count on. We have our own little community here in a way - usually moaning about lack of snow or thunder - how this crisis is putting that into perspective but if anyone wants a chat I'm only a message away as I'm sure many others are here. As said earlier in the thread we need to look after our mental health during this time too.
  12. So don't go to the pub (my local usually has about 30 people in it) the pictures (maybe a couple of 100 people on a busy day) but let's keep schools open (potentially over 1000 students - we have 700 on roll.) It's just so disjointed. Half the pupils at our school rely on grandparents to pick them up anway it's not even shielding the elderly.
  13. This is interesting from the Guardian- I wonder how long the UK government can resist the pressure to lockdown. It's interesting that they suddenly trust in experts now when experts have been dismissed from a large range of other topics in the past few years. Our legal affairs correspondent Owen Bowcott has this from Northern Ireland: Lawyers acting for the mother of a child who has asthma and attends a primary school in County Armagh are planning to launch a judicial review of the Stormont government’s decision not to close schools in Northern Ireland. Darragh Mackin, a solicitor at Phoenix Law, said that the girl suffers underlying health problems, including severe asthma and is at a greater risk of harm should she contract the coronavirus. He added: “It is clear that the respective public bodies have each failed in their respective obligations to our client, and indeed all children, by continuing to require their attendance at school in circumstances in which they would be at an increased risk of contracting the condition. There is no time for any further delay. The necessary policies and decisions all need to be taken in a manner that recognises the real and immediate risk. “The wider international community has spoken. Their advice cannot and should not be ignored. “It is a deplorable situation when a mother has to initiate urgent legal proceedings to ensure that her child, and indeed children across the jurisdiction, are afforded the necessary protections and safeguards required under law.”
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