Forecasters warned of a “severe weather event”, with thunderstorms and torrential downpours hitting a large swathe of the country.
The UK will pay for today’s heatwave, when temperatures are set to reach 81F (27C) from southern England up to the Midlands. The Met Office predicted the “severe event” would affect eastern England and eastern Scotland during tomorrow.
It said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out during the day. There are likely to be some very heavy downpours in places during the afternoon and evening. The wet summer could end with a bang. Up to 30mm – more than an inch – of rain could fall in a short time in some areas, with the potential for local flooding.”