In the UK we have a little rumble of thunder and occasionally Mr Lightning may decide to join in and this "meeting of elements" occurs approximately once a year
Dont know what part of the UK you are from but that isnt my experience especially during the flooding events in 2000 and 2007 and the storms of the late 80s. Massive storms lashing down rain, hail coupled with strong winds, thunder and lightning, not lasting a few hours but days. Lots of people with damaged property.
Last year we had a series of storms that were very heavy with torrential rain during the summer, lots of "drowned rat" tourists. Joys of living in Lincolnshire!