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Brits flock to the beach as mercury hits 35C – before more thunderstorms tonight

BRITS are flocking to the beach for the fifth day in a row as temperatures reach 35C – before another night of thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms and lightning are expected across the UK following the weekend’s heatwave – however, Brits in the south of England are enjoying the scorching weather today.

Temperatures are set to scorch – with highs of 37C expected around London and the south-west.

The last four days have seen temperatures exceeding 34C – and if tomorrow’s forecast comes with the same scorching weather, it will be the most days in a row above 34C we’ve ever seen in the UK.

The Met Office, so far, has recorded a top sweltering temperature of 35C today at Heathrow.

Today, the majority of England and Wales will see temperatures in the low 30Cs and high 20Cs as the UK experiences the fifth day in a row of sunshine and warm weather.

Last Friday was the hottest August day for 17 years, with the highest temperature recorded at 38.5C at Faversham in Kent.

Beaches across the coastline are rammed – as sun-seekers flock to Bournemouth and Lyme Regis to soak in the sunshine.

This comes as huge thunder and lightning storms battered the UK overnight, reaching from North Wales to Scotland, following the scorching weekend heatwave.

Last night’s downpours, stretching from Birmingham to Cumbria, will be followed by more storms today, continuing until late Thursday.

BBC Weather Watchers said that there were a staggering 50,000 lightning strikes in 24 hours across the UK following the weekend heatwave.

The lightning strikes lit up the skies across the UK – causing mesmerising purple and blue hues.

Despite the electric weather last night – sun-seekers have made the most of the five-day sunshine.

However, angry local residents in Bournemouth have vented their fury at the lack of social distancing on their beaches – as well as at visitors who camped overnight on the beach or on clifftops in their cars.

Kara-Jade Haywood, who lives in Bearwood, just a few miles from the popular resort and went to the beach early on Sunday to see the sunrise, said: “I think it’s an absolute disgrace, with all the mess and sleeping wherever like it is a free campsite.”

She said that she had spotted many tents on the sand as well as people sleeping in cars near the beach.

A group of people had even slept out in the open air on an inflatable mattress.

Despite the soaring temperatures, thunderstorms are expected to lash Britain until Thursday.

Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: “There are risks of severe thunderstorms across most of Britain. 

“We are concerned that there may be flash flooding in low-lying areas. 

“But it will be sudden torrential downpours, not long sustained periods of rain.”

The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings across the UK between today and Thursday.

The warning states: “Some places are likely to see severe thunderstorms early next week – but there is significant uncertainty in location and timing.”

According to the Met Office, the warnings mean: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes and large hail.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”

One of the first places to suffer from the sudden change of weather yesterday was Aberystwyth in Wales.

The town in west Wales was hit with torrential rain as a deluge of water flooded the town at 3 pm yesterday.

The west coast market town was badly hit with the downpour blocking roads.

About 250 homes were left without power in the area because of the storms. 

Hailstones the size of golf balls also rained down on Capel Curig in North Wales yesterday – stunning locals as temperatures reached 34C elsewhere in the UK.

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