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Freak UK rainstorms cause chaos

29 June 2012 Last updated at 17:04 BST

Freak storms, hailstones as big as golf balls, and major floods brought villages, towns and cities across the UK to a standstill on Thursday.

Schools were washed out with floodwater, and the famous Tyne Bridge in Newcastle was struck by lightning.

In Shropshire a man died after being swept away in a stream.

Weather experts are saying this could end up being the wettest June on record. But they also say that the most extreme weather is over for now.

Joe asked BBC weather expert Simon King to explain why the weather has been so extreme.