UK weather forecast – Brits brace for thunderstorms after temperatures soared to 34C, Met Office warn

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BRITS are tonight bracing themselves for heavy thunderstorms after temperatures soared to 34C on what was the hottest day of the year.

On Saturday, people made the most of the sun by firing up BBQs and downing 31million pints, while others headed to the beach and gathered in beer gardens.

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Brits have already been soaking up the sun on beaches this morning before it was even 10am[/caption]

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British beaches are already packed today as Brits make the most of the heatwave[/caption]

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Sunbathers get their tan on in Green Park, London[/caption]

The mercury hit 34C today in Northolt, Middlesex, and the mercury may even top 36C tomorrow – which would be the hottest June day EVER.

However, parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and even as low as Leicester experienced thunderstorms as the Met Office issued a warning for tonight from 6pm to midnight.

On Saturday night, 15.8mm of rain fell in Edinburgh during a thunderstorm while thunder was heard as low in Leicester.

Craig Snell, a forecaster at the Met Office, told The Sun Online that storms will continue to hit northern parts of the UK tonight.

He said: “We’ve had quite a few thunderstorms today. They started in Northern Ireland and moved across to parts of Scotland and northern England.

“But a lot of the rain is evaporating before it reaches the surface because it’s high up in the atmosphere and because it’s been so warm today.”

He added: “People will be hearing thunder and seeing lightning but some won’t reach the surface.

“We’ve even had reports of people hearing thunder in Leicester.

“This band of thunderstorm is heading eastwards at the moment and by the time we get to tomorrow it should be into the continent.”

A “tongue of fire” – the 1,500-mile wide heatwave scorching Europe – has already seen France endure its hottest day ever at 45.8C, and has finally now reached the UK.

The hot weather has seen UK’s beaches packed with sunbathers and swimmers today, as Brits tried to cool off from the high temperatures by taking a dip.

Others opted for a boozy day in the sun and headed to pubs and bars to down cold drinks in the heat.

BBQs have today been a popular choice for Brits in hot weather, a lot of burgers and hotdogs were thrown on the grill and washed down with a pint.

BOOZY WEEKEND

Brits are expected to sink 31million pints this weekend to quench their thirst as hordes pack out pub beer gardens.

Pubs across the country are in for a for a massive boost with almost eight million heading for their local boozer, figures from Greene King reveal.

Supermarkets today experienced an early morning rush as millions stocked up with food and drink.

Tesco is expecting to see a million sausages, 650,000 burgers, 400,000 steaks and a million packs of bread rolls fly off shelves by the end of this weekend, according to The Mirror.

This weekend shoppers will be purchasing four million lollies and ice cream tubs, more than 3.5 million bottles and cans of beer and four million bottles of wine.

Asda predicted ice cream sales would rocket 160 percent with beer, wine and spirits up “significantly” compared to last weekend.

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Festival goers struggle to deal with the heat at Glasto where temperatures have topped 30C[/caption]

This map shows the rain hitting northern parts of the UK during storms on Saturday night
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Glasto-goers tried their best to cool off in rising temperatures this morning[/caption]

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The scorcher has even driven revellers to strip[/caption]

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Cold water and less clothing were some of the top cooling down options for Glasto revellers this morning[/caption]

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Festival-goers wearing bikinis pour buckets of water over each other during day four of Glastonbury Festival[/caption]

Brits try to keep cool whilst out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge
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The heat map shows the'tongue of fire' from Europe's heatwave and how it is extending to Britain
The heat map shows the ‘tongue of fire’ from Europe’s heatwave and how it is extending to Britain

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SAHARAN BUBBLE

The hot weather is a result of a bubble of Saharan air which has brought scorching heat across the continent this week.

June records are set to be broken in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The Saharan bubble heatwave has claimed its fifth victim when a man died after being pulled out of the water off the Isle of Wight.

A 63-year-old, pulled from the sea off the coast of Yaverland on the Isle of Wight at just before 7pm last night, was the latest person to die enjoying the hot weather.

Meanwhile another holidaymaker died after he got into difficulty around 12.50pm at nearby Prussia Cove, Cornwall, between Helston and Penzance.


Temperatures are forecast to reach up to 35C in some parts of the UK today, with emergency services issuing warnings and advice to the public to take care in the hot conditions.

And there is a chance today could be the hottest June day for 178 years, which is when the Met Office records began in 1841.

Forecasters said there is a 50 percent chance of breaking the June 35.6C record – set on June 29, 1957, in London and on June 28, 1976 in Southampton.

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Day four of Glastonbury is set to be a scorcher, with temperatures increasing throughout the day[/caption]

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Brits take a plunge at Southend Beach in Essex[/caption]

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A festival goer pictured posing during the heatwave[/caption]

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London’s Hyde Park sees pedalos in action[/caption]

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Revellers slap sun cream on to combat the 36C heatwave[/caption]

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This lad is getting himself through the heatwave two pints at a time[/caption]

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People flock to Southend beach on the hottest day of the year[/caption]

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The crowd watch the British group the Proclaimers perform on the Pyramid Stage on day four of the Glastonbury Festival[/caption]

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Sun worshippers pictured today enjoying the cooling waters of Bournemouth beach[/caption]

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Beach goers opted for Bournemouth as the weather forecast warns of temperatures this weekend[/caption]

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Participants get a soaking as over a thousand take part in the Cancer Research UK Pretty Muddy event[/caption]

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These Brits have chosen the cooling waters of Bournemouth beach instead of sweating it out at the landlocked Glastonbury Festival[/caption]

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These girls look giddy about the Sahara Bubble hitting the UK[/caption]

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