Heat is an important part of the creation of thunderstorms. In summer, the ground is usually warmer in the afternoon because the sun’s been beating down on it all day. But thunderstorms can and do occur at any time of day or night.
Two important factors influence whether or not a thunderstorm can form: Moisture and Lift. Lift is fast rising hot air. In the afternoons, especially in summers, the high humidity provides a high moisture content. In the afternoon, the sun heats the ground (different ground materials heat faster than others) and create warm air around it. As heat rises, so to does this warm air, which then creates optimum conditions for a storm.
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