Thunderstorms powered up by a plume of warm continental air have begun to unload “hefty downpours” and flashes of lightning over south-east England.
The UK is set to be hit by more thunderstorms and rain as unsettled weather continues.
Stormy winds have uprooted trees, knocked over traffic lights and disrupted travel in Croatia, injuring two people and prompting authorities to advise people to stay indoors.
Soldiers have been drafted in to evacuate homes around a storm-battered bridge after it started to collapse, prompting fears of flooding and a gas explosion.
DRIVERS are being warned to take care on the roads tonight after reports of surface water and flooding around the North-east.