BREAKING: Thunder and lightning to strike Britain tonight as Met Office issues warning

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An African scorcher has already delivered the UK its hottest day of 2019 today, and it’s set to get hotter.

But after the mercury tops 35C, a furious storm will move in and bring thunder, lightning and heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for northern England and Scotland where the explosive weather will hit.

Lightning in UK, Met Office warning map

WARNING: The Met Office has issued a weather warning for tonight (Pic: GETTY/MET OFFICE)

Met Office warning map

STORM INCOMING: Thunder and lightning is set to hit northern England and Scotland later (Pic: MET OFFICE)

Lightning in UK

LIGHT SHOW: Parts of northern England will see dramatic lightning tonight (Pic: GETTY)

It said in its warning for Scotland, issued at around 3pm: “Recent developments suggest another surge of frequent lightning activity until Saturday evening affecting parts of western and central Scotland short-term, and perhaps eastern Scotland by this evening.

“Although heavy rain is possible, perhaps with locally 10-15mm inside an hour later today, lightning strikes seem the more likely hazard.”

And in a separate warning of thunder for north and north-east England, it added: “Although many places will miss the worst, thunderstorms seem likely to develop across parts of northern England and southeast Scotland later on Saturday, perhaps focused towards eastern coasts.

Brighton beach

SCORCHER: Brits are basking in the hottest day of the year today (Pic: GETTY)

Glastonbury reveller pouring water over himself

SWELTERING: The heat was forecasted to hit 35C this afternoon (Pic: GETTY)

“Lightning strikes, hail and gusty winds are possible, while 20 to 30 mm of rain may fall within an hour in a few locations.”

The warning comes after the Met Office recorded a temperature of 33C at Heathrow airport earlier this afternoon as the heat continued to rise.

London could end up breaking the record for the hottest ever June in the UK, which was set at 35.6C in the capital on June 29, 1957.

Fans at Glastonbury

AFRICAN SIZZLER: The heat has been pushing up from Africa, resulting in a sweltering weekend (Pic: GETTY)

Fans at Glastonbury

RECORD BREAKING: Today could still turn out to be the hottest June ever in the UK (Pic: GETTY)

Daily Star Online reported yesterday how the weather is set to cool down tomorrow, with temepratures dropping by nearly 10C on Sunday.

But it will remain warm in the 20s before the hot weather makes a return in time for next weekend, nearing the 30s for a second week running.

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