BRITAIN is set to enjoy another day of sun and sizzling temperatures today, but some areas will be lashed by thunderstorms.
Temperatures could reach 28C again in the south of the UK, while the east of England will likely be hit with heavy rain.
Sun seekers flocked to beaches and beauty spots across the UK yesterday as England, Scotland and Wales all had their hottest days of 2020 so far.
Across the country, sunbathers made the most of their new-found freedom following the easing of lockdown restrictions – but many forgot about coronavirus social distancing.
The hottest spot in the UK on Wednesday was Santon Downham in Suffolk, which saw temperatures climb to 28.2C.
Scotland also saw its warmest day of 2020, with 24.2C recorded in Aviemore in the Highlands.
Yesterday's scorching temperatures are set to carry over into today.
Most of the UK will enjoy temperatures in mid-20s, with areas around London most likely to reach 28C.
But the South East, East Anglia, Kent and London may also see thundery showers, heavy rain and thunder and lighting this afternoon.
A Met Office spokeswoman said: "One or two showers could break out through the morning into the afternoon, and again with the risk of thunder.
"And yes, through the afternoon you could see the odd isolated heavier bursts."
On Friday, a deep area of low pressure is due to arrive on the North West of the UK, bringing heavy rain and the risk of severe gales, with highs of 23C towards the South East.
Scotland should see temperatures in the high teens, with similar temperatures in the east and north east of England on Friday.
Over the weekend, the weather will be drier, with winds towards the north and blustery further south on Saturday, and temperatures rising to around 19C in Birmingham.
But by Sunday most southern parts will have a fine day, with Monday set for more sunny weather.
The Met Office said: "By Monday temperatures should start to rise again.
They added: "There will be high or very high levels of UV at times over the weekend.
"If you do have to go out for whatever reason, do be aware you may have to protect yourself from the sun."
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