Rather than a winter phenomenon, hail is surprisingly common during the most intense summer thunderstorms.
Police officers who investigated the Great Train Robbery have been commended for their part in solving the "crime of the century"
The police investigation into the Great Train Robbery will be commemorated tonight, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the crime.
INFO: 15:51 London Victoria to Brighton has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions earlier.
Some train services have been delayed because of the heavy rain and storms across the south.
INFO: 16:12 Portsmouth Harbour to Victoria will be started from Portsmouth & Southsea at 16:16 due to poor weather conditions earlier
Freak weather has hit the south coast following the recent heatwave. Lightning and heavy rain caused flashfloods in the region.
Two weeks worth of rain fell in just an hour this morning, battering England's south coast and causing flash flooding and disruption on the roads and rail. The Met Office said a "deeply unstable airmass" caused the storms.
ITV News reporter Richard Pallot reports: