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Winter Wonderland: 'Unbelievable' Hail Storm
A freak hail storm left part of a Cornish town looking like a winter wonderland.
After the hottest summer in the county for seven years, residents in Boslowick, Falmouth could have been left wondering if it was already nearing Christmas with the scenes in their streets.
Resident Tommy Matthews filmed the snowy-like conditions on Friday morning.
He said they were "the likes of which I don't think I've ever seen before".
Mr Matthews added: "You can see the hail just mounting up everywhere and there are rivers of water just pouring down between it.
"It's absolutely unbelievable".
The hail then thawed and coupled with torrential downpours brought flash flooding to the town on Friday night.
Fire crews were scrambled to help pump water away as roads turned to rivers.
Heavy rain and cooler temperatures have led to a major change from summer heat to autumnal weather across much of the UK.
Sky's weather forecaster Isobel Lang said: "Last week's mini heatwave came to an abrupt halt on Friday with heavy, thundery downpours.
"Durham recorded 63mm in just 24 hours which lead to the Environment Agency issuing two flood warnings on the River Esk.
"Parts of Falmouth in Cornwall were transformed into a winter scene after a thunderstorm left a blanket of hail which proceeded to thaw bringing local flooding.
"Storms of this nature are not unusual at any time of the year, although after the week's sunshine and heat, it was a bit of a shock."