UK weather LIVE – Scorching 28C heatwave will dramatically end this week with plunging temperatures and thunderstorms

THE MERCURY is set to climb even higher today, with highs of 29C predicted, according to the Met Office.

However, thunderstorms are likely across parts of south-west England and southwest Wales, leading the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for these areas.

We’ll all be basking in a mini-heatwave over the next fortnight, with thousands heading to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine.

Coral now makes this month just 6-4 to become the hottest June since records began.

Read our weather live blog below for the latest updates...

  • Hana Carter

    PARTS OF UK TO MISS OUT ON OFFICIAL HEATWAVE

    Parts of the UK will just miss out on an official heatwave despite temperatures remaining high, the Met Office has said.

    To meet the definition of a heatwave, areas must see three consecutive days of high temperatures – ranging from around 25C to 28C – depending on location.

    Although temperatures around the country are expected to stay in the twenties on Thursday, most places will not "tick the box" for a heatwave.

    It comes as temperature records for the year were smashed on Wednesday, with the mercury climbing to almost 30C in some places.

    Northolt in west London peaked at 28.3C on Wednesday afternoon, surpassing Tuesday's record of 26.1C in Cardiff, and meaning the UK recorded its third successive warmest day of 2021.

    Parts of Surrey and Kent also saw temperatures of between 27 and 28C, while the village of Hawarden in Flintshire reached 26.5C to become Wales' own warmest day of the year.

  • Hana Carter

    HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL IN HOT WEATHER

    With temperatures of 27 degrees reported to be reached in the UK this week, temperature specialists Stelrad have put together some tips on how to keep your home as cool as possible:  

    Put a bowl of ice in front of a fan: Simply put a bowl bucket or even tupperware filled with ice water directly in front of a fan.

    As the ice melts the breeze from the fan will pick up the cool air coming from the ice’s surface.

    This will recreate a cool breeze, similar to an air conditioning unit. Alternatively, a wet flannel or small, damp towel placed over a fan works just as well.

    Keep curtains and windows closed during the day: On a gorgeous sunny day it’s natural to want to want to see the sun and have it shining in through your windows, but it will heat up your surroundings similar to a greenhouse!

  • Olivia Burke

    POSSIBLE THUNDER NEXT WEEK

    Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, has said while temperatures will rise again tomorrow, thunderstorms could be on the way.

    “There will potentially be some thunderstorms by midweek,” she said.

    “The first bout of showers will come into parts of the south-west.

    “There’s a chance of some thundery breakdowns in the south-east.

    “We could have some quite intense storms there.

    “There’s still a lot of uncertainty but with the warm and humid weather we are having we have the key ingredients for thunderstorms.”

  • Olivia Burke

    HYDRATION HACK

    AFTER roasting in the heat this Bank Holiday weekend, Brits can now find out if they’re dehydrated with this clever new hack.

    With temperatures expected to continue to soar after hitting a scorching 25C yesterday, a new scale can indicate if we’re dehydrated based on the colour of our pee.

    Devised by colour experts Pantone and Highland Spring, the five colour chart shows different shades of “yellow” to show if we need to drink more water.

    The colour names range from “Spring in Your Step” for the lightest shade to “Drink Up” for the darkest.

    It comes after new research by OnePoll has found 40 per cent of Brits are unsure of how much water to drink.

    Check out the chart here.

  • Olivia Burke

    JUNE 7/4 TO BE HOTTEST ON RECORD

    Next month could be the hottest June EVER, according to Ladbrokes.

    Having been a 4/1 shot last week, the bookies have now cut odds to just 7/4 on next month going down as a record-breaking hot June.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like the British weather has finally taken a turn for the better, with a record-breaking hot June potentially on the way.

  • Olivia Burke

    FORTNIGHT OF HEAT FOR THE UK

    Britain's heatwave shows no signs of slowing down, as forecasters have predicted it will continue over the next fortnight.

    The peak of the summer sunshine is expected on June 15, when the mercury is expected to hit 29C during the afternoon.

    England and Wales will see temperatures hit the high-20s, according to temperature charts from WXCharts.

  • Olivia Burke

    MET FORECAST FOR TODAY

    Today:

    Fairly cloud with a little rain over parts of north England, south and west Scotland and at first Northern Ireland. Either side brightening up with some good sunshine at times and feeling pleasant despite temperatures for many down on Wednesday.

    Tonight:

    Clear spells for many. Chilly in southwest with some fog. Cloudier in Northern Ireland with a little rain. Another warm night in the southeast with some heavy rain possible later.

  • Hana Carter

    MAKE SURE TO STAY HYDRATED IN THE SUN

    AFTER roasting in the heat, Brits can now find out if they’re dehydrated with this clever new hack.

    With temperatures expected to continue to soar after hitting a scorching 25C yesterday, a new scale can indicate if we’re dehydrated based on the colour of our pee.

    Devised by colour experts Pantone and Highland Spring, the five colour chart shows different shades of “yellow” to show if we need to drink more water.

    The colour names range from “Spring in Your Step” for the lightest shade to “Drink Up” for the darkest.

    It comes after new research by OnePoll has found 40 per cent of Brits are unsure of how much water to drink.

    Check out the chart here.

  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE WARNS OF HIGH UV – EVEN WHEN IT'S CLOUDY

  • Hana Carter

    SPLASHING AROUND TO COOL DOWN

    Ziggy Starkey, 16-months-old, swims with his mother Clem Malpas in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde ParkCredit: Reuters
    A swimmer leaves the Serpentine Lake in Hyde ParkCredit: Reuters

     

  • Hana Carter

    VET WARNS OF HEAT RISKS

    A TOP vet has issued a heatwave warning amid concerns pet owners don’t do enough to protect their four-legged friends from heatstroke, sunburn and even skin cancer.

    As Britain enjoys a Bank Holiday heatwave, fears are growing that our pets are suffering from excess exposure to sunshine, especially with many of us becoming first-time pet owners during lockdown.

    Aimee Labbate, veterinary surgeon at PocketVet, revealed her top tips to protect cats and dogs from serious problems during hot weather.

    Aimee said: “As a general rule of thumb, when temperatures exceed 19C, caution should be taken when exercising your dog. It is not just heatstroke that we need to worry about with pets, but also burnt pads and even sunburn, particularly in cats.

    “It is really important to remember that your pet’s skin can burn, just like ours. Please remember to keep them protected with an appropriate sun cream, particularly on noses and ears. 

    “Pets can get skin cancer if left to burn, unfortunately we see this fairly commonly in pets that aren’t protected, particularly cats. If you notice any changes in your pet’s behaviour, it is best to seek advice from a vet.”

  • Hana Carter

    THIS AFTERNOON'S WEATHER

  • Hana Carter

    SNOW TUNNEL DISCOVERED IN NORTHUMBERLAND

    While Britain sizzles in a 29C heatwave, one walker was stunned when he stumbled across a bizarre SNOW tunnel in Northumberland.

    Paul Carr, 62, was trekking up the 1,600ft (500m) high Cheviot Hills on the border between England and Scotland when he came across a large snow drift.

    A stream had caused the inside of the 5ft-deep drift to hollow out, creating a natural igloo-type archway big enough to stand under.

    Paul, a printer from Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, captured amazing pictures of himself standing inside the snow tunnel last Saturday.

    He said: "My friend and I were walking up the Cheviot Hills and following the stream which was trickling down from the top.

    "As we reached the back of the summit we saw this large snow drift.

    "It was a blazing hot day but there was an area where the sun didn't reach so the snow was still really thick.

    "When we got to it, we saw that it was a tunnel either side of the stream.

    "We think that last month when it snowed quite heavily, the snow drift was eroded from the inside out by the stream."

    Paul Carr, 62, and his snow tunnelCredit: SWNS

     

  • Hana Carter

    SMELL THE DAISIES

    A man plays guitar in the sunshine in Minster on Sea, KentCredit: Alamy
    Morning strolls beside the beach in Minster on SeaCredit: Alamy

     

  • Hana Carter

    SUNSHINE ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE

  • Hana Carter

    SUNSHINE FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS

  • Hana Carter

    ODDS CUT ON 30C OR HIGHER BEING RECORDED THIS WEEK IN THE UK

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 1-2 (from 6-4) on 30C or higher being recorded in the UK before the end of the weekend.

    The firm is offering 4-5 that this month ends as the hottest June on record, while it is 4-6 that this summer is the hottest ever in the UK.

    “It has been a sweltering week so far and things could still get hotter. We have slashed the odds on 30C or higher being recorded before the end of the weekend,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “This week could be a taste of what is to come over the next few months as our betting suggests we may be set for the hottest summer ever in the UK,” added Hill.

  • Hana Carter

    SAND, SEA AND SUN FOR MANY TODAY

    Holidaymakers enjoying the hot afternoon sunshine on the beach at Sandbanks at Poole in Dorset during the half term holidaysCredit: ©Graham Hunt

     

  • Hana Carter

    WARM WEATHER COULD SPARK A RISE IN BEE NUMBERS

    The change to warm weather could have a sting in the tail for staycationers out in the countryside.

    Bee keepers warned the sticky, humid heat has sparked a leap in the number of swarms – and things could turn nasty.

    Some swarms contain up to twenty thousand bees, clinging to house walls, shrubs in the garden, even lamp posts and cars parked in the street.

    This spring's weird weather, with a hot, dry April, a soaking wet May and the hot sun start to June, has sent the bees into a tailspin and the heat could make them short-tempered.

    One beekeeper, Daniel Thomas, of Dedham Vale Honey in Suffolk, says there are more bee swarms around this spring because of the weather.

    He said he was called to collect around 12 bee swarms this weekend alone.

  • Hana Carter

    SWIMMING TRAGEDY

    A man has died after swimming in the Great Ouse at Olney near Milton Keynes on Bank Holiday Monday.

    He was pulled from the river close to East Street at around a quarter past five and died a short time later in hospital.

    Philip Geach, the Mayor of Olney, said: “Please, please, if you are swimming in the river here, or indeed any open water do take extra care.

    “There are hidden dangers for even experienced swimmers.

    “Our thoughts go out to all involved.”

  • Hana Carter

    SUN SCAR WARNING

    A FAMILY have issued a heatwave warning after a 10-year-old boy suffered gruesome burns when he walked on sand scorched by a BBQ.

    Will Tyler had been enjoying a day out with his parents Toby, 51, Claire, 44, and sister Lily, 12, on Formby Beach, Merseyside, when the horror unfolded.

    The youngster was left screaming in agony after treading on the sand where a disposable BBQ had been smouldering for hours.

    Will was rushed to hospital with severe wounds on both feet and was even left wheelchair-bound during last June’s heatwave.

    He can now walk unaided after a eight night stint in hospital but still wears compression socks 23 hours a day to protect the scars as well as a splint at night. The brave schoolboy has now shared pictures of his horror injuries in a bid to warn others as temperatures rise to 26.6C across the country today.

    Read more here.

  • Hana Carter

    TALE OF TWO HALVES

  • The Sun

    HYDRATION HACK

    AFTER roasting in the heat, Brits can now find out if they’re dehydrated with this clever new hack.

    With temperatures expected to continue to soar after hitting a scorching 25C yesterday, a new scale can indicate if we’re dehydrated based on the colour of our pee.

    Devised by colour experts Pantone and Highland Spring, the five colour chart shows different shades of “yellow” to show if we need to drink more water.

    The colour names range from “Spring in Your Step” for the lightest shade to “Drink Up” for the darkest.

    It comes after new research by OnePoll has found 40 per cent of Brits are unsure of how much water to drink.

    Check out the chart here.

  • The Sun

    WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS

  • The Sun

    THURSDAY MORNING FORECAST

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