Sweat-tember continues (but not for much longer)! Britain’s record-breaking heatwave is set to will keep going today with temperatures warmer than the Mediterranean – but a stormy end is in sight as the Met Office issues thunderstorm warnings

  • Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far in record-breaking heatwave
  • Britain has now sweltered through six days of temperatures above 30C 

Britain’s Sweat-tember will continue today for most people, but thunderstorms could bring it to an abrupt end for some.

Thunderstorms are set to hit parts of the UK on Sunday amid a record-breaking September heatwave. 

The UK has now sweltered through six days of temperatures above 30C in September for the first time. 

While Saturday was named the hottest day of the year so far, with 32.7C recorded in Heathrow., smashing a record set just 48 hours earlier.

Forecasters predict that Sunday could be the seventh day in a row that temperatures reach above 30C. 

Saturday’s hot weather saw Brighton beach packed with parasols as 150,000 visitors flocked to the Sussex coastal resort

A dog takes a dip to escape the heat in Greenwich, south London

A woman in the sea in Brighton, east Sussex. Britain could be set for a seventh consecutive day of temperatures over 30C today

But the heatwave could soon come to an abrupt end for some, as the Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for Northern Ireland and parts of northern England and Wales for today

Yesterday saw Brighton beach packed with parasols as 150,000 day-trippers flocked to the Sussex resort, while Blackpool pulled in 100,000 visitors.

This week’s hot weather has triggered a fresh wave of health warnings, amid fears the NHS will come under pressure, as those with heart conditions or breathing difficulties are put at most risk.

Some events have also been cancelled, including Dogfest, which was due to take place this weekend at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire but was called off after the weather conditions were deemed ‘not in the best interests of dogs’.

But the hot spell could come crashing to an end with a yellow thunderstorm warning spanning Northern Ireland, northern parts of England and Wales as well as southern Scotland issued by the Met Office from 2pm until 11.59pm on Sunday. 

The warning means some people could be in store for flash flooding, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds – with possible interruptions to road access and public transport if such circumstances were to occur. 

Beachgoers enjoy the hot weather in Weymouth, as Saturday was named the hottest day of the year so far

Temperatures in Britain this week have exceeded parts of the Mediterranean

The hot weather has seen a fresh wave of health warnings and fears that the NHS could be put under pressure

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said: ‘As we go into the start of Sunday those showers across the South West will make their way north-eastwards into Wales and the Midlands and later on into northern England, Northern Ireland, and southern Scotland. 

‘Now these showers could be heavy and thundery too. So we do have a yellow thunderstorm warning out for those northern regions that I mentioned.’ 

She said that things will start to ‘brighten up a little’ into Sunday afternoon, with the best weather seen in the South East. 

‘It is (in the South East) that we will see those highest temperatures once again reaching into the low 30s, with 31-32C the forecast high for Sunday,’ she said. 

‘And that would make it the seventh consecutive day that we’ve seen 30C recorded somewhere in the UK this September.’ 

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