BRITS are set for a heatwave this weekend, tiping the mercury to 33C from a 2,000-mile wide Saharan plume after thunderstorms drenched the country.
A week’s worth of rain fell in a hour in some areas, causing flood misery for many parts of the UK.
Overnight, Hastings saw 13millimetres of rain fall in an hour, while 10mm was recorded at Sandhurst, the Met Office said.
Violent thunderstorms came to the UK’s shores by a plume of warm air from North Africa which drifted to continental Europe, and threatens to smash temperature records in France, Spain and Belgium.
Craig Snell, a Met Office forecaster, told The Sun Online: “The heat at the end of this week can be traced back to North Africa, but that heat has seeped into Spain and France, which will see record-breaking temperatures.
“That will then seep into the UK as we go into Friday and Saturday.”
Warm weather is on its way for the UK tomorrow as temperatures could reach 27C but some will experience a muggy start to their day.
Brits in Scotland, Northern Ireland and South East England are in for a sunny treat tomorrow.
Mr Snell: “Starting tomorrow we are looking at much drier weather across the board. A few showers in the South West but overall dry.
“It will be a dry day across many parts of the isles.
“There will be muggy start in the morning but it will gradually begin to break through the clouds.
“In Scotland, Northern Ireland, and South East England there is plenty of sunshine to be had.
“Temperatures on the South coast will reach 26C or 27C.
“However, along the North Sea coast the clouds will linger there and places like Norwich will see temperatures in the high teens.”
As the weather gets warmer, pollen and UV levels will also rise.
Mr Snell added: “Pollen levels will be very high across the UK.
“UV levels will also be high, so take sensible precaution if you are out in the sun.”
Thursday will see the temperature go up a notch to 28C giving Glastonbury festival-goers some reprieve after some people arriving early were caught in the mud today.
That trend will only continue into Friday.
Mr Snell said: “It will be a great start to Glastonbury, with a little breeze to the far South West.
“We are looking temperatures in the high 20s, I imagine down towards the South West temperature will go up to 27C or 28C.
“On Friday temperatures will continue to climb with another sunny day across the board.
“Temperatures will go up a notch in North Somerset and Wales as it could tip to 30C.
“It will be a hot day for Glastonbury.”
The hottest day of the week will be Saturday as the mercury will comfortably go above 30C in some places – but it won’t reach the record temperature of 35C.
Mr Snell said: “The heat will move towards the East and by that stage London towards Lincolnshire will reach 31C or 32C.
“Some places may possibly reach 33C, but as of now we are safe from hitting the June record of 35.6C.
“It will still certainly be the hottest spell of weather this year.”
Rain storms and flooding caused chaos around Edinburgh yesterday as cars and buses were almost submerged by the torrential downpour. Similar conditions were seen again in parts of England and Wales today[/caption]
Millions in the South, East and Central parts of England were battered by monsoon showers this morning with frequent lightning as well as hail and high winds.
Localised flooding was reported across the South East as commuters set off to work.
Rail operator Southern reported that all lines from Brighton through Haywards Heath were temporarily blocked due to the heavy rain and flooding on the tracks, and some passengers were delayed by more than an hour.
Coastal areas were the worst hit by the downpour, but some 7mm-8mm of rain in the capital caused minor flooding on some roads, according to Transport for London, and it was a wet morning commute for many.
Met Office figures show that June this year has been wetter than usual.
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