Once the Met Office has told us that a thunderstorm is coming, there are some things we can do to help prepare.

When weather service issues a warning - whether its yellow, amber or red - it tells Brits what kinds of conditions they can expect.

For instance, the public can be told to prepare for some disruption including difficult driving conditions, possible flooded roads as well as a slight chance of power cuts.

The experts also share their advice by signposting guidance on dealing with the severe weatherdriving in these conditions and how to tell how far away a storm is from you. 

Oxford Mail: Here's what you should and should not during a thunderstorm at home ( Getty Images)Here's what you should and should not during a thunderstorm at home ( Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images)

Met Office issues tips on how to stay safe during a thunderstorm

One of the first things that the Met Office suggests you do in the event of a thunderstorm is to seek shelter - whether it's your home, office or somewhere else.

It has also outlined a number of things you can do before, during and after a thunderstorm to make sure you remain safe: 


  • Unplug any non-essential appliances (if not already using a surge protector)


  • Avoid using the landline, unless in an emergency
  • 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
  • Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning


  • Avoid downed power lines or broken cables

Should I watch TV during a thunderstorm?

No, you should avoid any non-essential appliances - including your TV - during a thunderstorm.

The reason being, our tech has not been created to withstand this kind of surge in electricity.

You should unplug your TVs, computers among other appliances to avoid damaging them.

Can I have a shower during a thunderstorm?

It is also advised not to shower during a thunderstorm since lightning can travel through plumbing. 

Many organisations, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have recommended that we should avoid all water during a storm including showers, baths, washing dishes and hands.

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How to protect your property from damage or others from injury

The Met Office has also shared some advice on the loose items you'll find outside your home that you should secure before a storm.

It is important to note that you should attempt to fix any damage during a storm.

The items you should secure due to high winds include:

  • bins 
  • plant pots 
  • garden furniture (bring inside or secure in place) 
  • trampolines (turn upside down or secure with tent pegs)
  • sheds (ensure doors are locked) 

For more guidance and the latest weather forecast, visit the Met Office website.