Incredible cloud formation over Milton Keynes signifies thunderstorms are on the way

This rare 'anvil cloud' was snapped by a 13-year-old Milton Keynes boy on his way home from playing football.

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 3:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 10:12 pm

The photo was taken last night (Tuesday) just before 8.30pm by Ryan Asryan.

He noticed the unusual cloud over MK as he was travelling along the M1 South, near junction 14.

Other photos of the cloud have been released on social media, prompting a response from BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker.

The cloud formation over MK

He said: "This is the queen of all clouds. Cumulonimbus Incus a.k.a. anvil cloud - what a beauty.

The anvil cloud signifies thunderstorms, said Tomasz, who added: "A thunderstorm of seven miles high or more, with ferocious, often hurricane force updrafts in its core."

Meanwhile, with temperatures sizzling at 33 degrees this afternoon, thunderstorms are expected tonight in MK between 6pm and 9pm.