UK records hottest day of the year - but thunderstorms to hit parts of the UK

Record high temperatures are set to continue into the week – but thunderstorms may hit some parts of the country.

Tuesday (June 2) saw the highest temperature of the year recorded in a row after record temperatures on Monday (May 31) afternoon.

The sunny weather brought a welcome change for Brits after a May which was the fourth wettest on record, and the high temperatures are set to continue on Tuesday (June 1) across most of the country.

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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Lots of fine, sunny weather around – if anything, temperatures up a degree or so on Monday.”

Crowds flocked to beauty spots across the UK during the sunny spell.

Areas in the Midlands, western England, north and west Wales and western parts of Scotland could see similarly high temperatures on Wednesday.

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However, while Wednesday is expected to be another fine day for many, thunderstorms are likely across parts of south-west England and south-west Wales, leading the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for these areas.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “The thunderstorms could bring lots of lightning, some hail, as well as some heavy rain, and with the half term there is an increased number of tourists in this area.

“The thunderstorms do then push north-eastwards into the Midlands and across more of Wales, but they also ease and break up, so these places will see some showers but they won’t be as intense.”

The Met Office’s yellow thunderstorm alert from 5am to 11am warns there could be some short-term loss of power and other services, while delays to train services and poor road conditions are possible.

Additional reporting by PA