A young boy and an adult were reportedly struck by lightning at a school in Hertfordshire.

It happened at The Sele School in Hertford this afternoon during a district football tournament, with “several people” affected.

The school's headteacher Chris Quach posted on its Facebook page: “There was a district football tournament organised by an external body at The Sele School. Sadly, a young boy from another school and an adult was struck by lightning during this event.

“They have been taken to the hospital.

“Myself, the entire staff at Sele and wider community would like to thank emergency services, the community and our first aiders who were quick to respond whilst waiting for emergency services.”

In a separate message, the school wrote that “during the tournament there was a lightning strike which affected several people”.

“The entire staff of The Sele School, the wider school community and I would like to thank the emergency services, the parents and staff who were attending the match and were so helpful and our first aiders who did an amazing job while waiting for the emergency services to respond.

“Our good wishes and thoughts are with the people who were injured.”

It comes amid a yellow weather warning covering Hertfordshire for thunderstorms, which is in place until 2am tomorrow (October 3).