Thunderstorm warning issued as Preston swelters in heatwave

Thunderstorm warning issued as Preston swelters in heatwave

Edinburgh hour-by-hour weather forecast: This is when 26C temperatures and thunderstorms will hit todayThe Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for thunderstorms across most of the United Kingdom, in place between 6pm on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday.

The mercury could hit 37C in London - beating the record for July - but will be much cooler in the West Country with temperatures in the 20s.

Temperatures will increase as the week progresses, according to forecasters, from a high of 33C (91.4F) on Tuesday to 34C on Wednesday and rising up to 37C before the end of the week, which would be a July record.

Surrey Police posted a video of what it called "a great lightning show" and some Twitter users posted to say they had been woken up by the thunderstorms.

Matthew Box, a spokesman for the Met Office, based in Exeter, said temperatures had been hottest in the United Kingdom around Heathrow where 33.6C has been recorded today.

He said there was a 60% chance Thursday's weather might surpass the July record of 36.7C set at Heathrow in 2015 and a 30% chance of beating the all-time United Kingdom temperature record of 38.5C (101.3F), recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

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"It's normally 13 or 14 degrees at this time of year, so that's 10 degrees above average".

Ms Smith said there is a possibility this will be beaten on Thursday night into Friday.

When in direct sunshine, the metal rails can get as hot as 50 degrees, Southeastern rail said.

He added the coolest areas will be in western England.

And it said people should avoid the sun between 11am to 3pm but, if they do go out, they should walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat.

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