Brits soak up last of the hot weather before thunderstorms strike

BBC Weather: Humid conditions as thunderstorms hit UK

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Millions headed for parks and nature spots and the golden sands of beaches like Bournemouth to enjoy a dip in the sea or bask in the sun. A surfer showed off his skills at Folkestone, while the swans at Windsor weren’t social distancing as they cooled off in the Thames. The mercury soared to 83.48F (28.6C) at Heathrow airport in west London, beating 82.76F in Northolt, six miles away, two weeks ago. The glorious conditions will continue today, averaging 79F in the South and around 70F in the North, which may be affected by strong winds and some rain.

But railway firms have warned the series of scorching days may cause delays – as tracks in direct sunshine expand, resulting in speed restrictions.

The hot start to the week followed a stunning weekend where Britons flocked outside and to pub gardens to watch the European Football Championships.

But a kayaker in his 30s died on Saturday when he fell from his boat and was swept away at Caldy in the Wirral, Merseyside.

Flaming June will be momentarily extinguished tomorrow when intense thunderstorms sweep in from the South, bringing in fresher air from the West.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning until 6am on Friday, meaning there is the potential for travel disruption and flooding with “torrential rain, hail, frequent lightning and strong gusty winds”.

It warned: “There is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded, with damage to buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds.”

But there is “significant uncertainty” about the location and timing of storms.

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