UK flights: Over 400 lightning storms have been recorded across Europe
Lightning strikes recorded across Central Europe could affect more flights from the UK.
According to lightningmaps.org, over 400 lightning strikes have been recorded in the last few hours across the region.
Germany and Switzerland appear to be affected the worst, with France and Italy also badly affected.
The UK saw amazing feats of lightning over the bank holiday weekend, which have since passed.
Up to 20,000 lightning strikes rolled across the country on Saturday
Flights have already been affected at London Stansted Airport
Flights have already been affected at London Stansted Airport.
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos when fights were delayed or cancelled over the weekend.
The lightning strike damaged fuel equipment needed to fill aircraft, meaning the first flights of the day were unable to refuel.
This delayed the rest of the day with other UK flights forced to divert to other UK airports.
Ryanair flights were badly affected, as London Stansted is the Irish carrier’s UK base.
UK flights: Lightning strikes could affect more flights
The airline apologised to customers in a statement and allowed full refunds or transfers for those affected.
A number of easyJet flights and Jet2 flights were also affected.
Along with the strikes, flood alerts have also been issued across the country.
Hundreds of homes across the Midlands were left without power while many regions saw severe flooding overnight.
What is causing the thunderstorms across the country?
UK flights: Lightning and flooding has affected the country after a sweltering bank holiday
The Met Office spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the bizarre weather conditions in the UK.
Spokesperson Grahame Madge explained: “The systems we’ve got coming in on Thursday are developing in continental Europe, travelling across from Belgium and Northern France, moving across south Britain tomorrow. They’ll be imported.
“But on Friday there will be a lot of homegrown systems with the heat and moisture that we have in the atmosphere over the UK.”
Due to the warm air mixing with the colder air, this causes clouds with the electrical charges.