UK weather forecast – 27C temperatures today as heatwave continues but Met Office issues thunderstorm warning

THE mercury is set to climb even higher today, with highs of 27C 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...

  • Sarah Grealish

    AVERAGE 18C FROM JUNE 2-11

    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.

    After a thoroughly miserable May, summer finally seems to be on the way – and it’s hoped the glorious weather will stick around into June.

    In extremely welcome news to fed-up sun-worshippers, the mercury will remain at an average of 18C between June 2 and 11.

  • Sarah Grealish

    MET OFFICE FORECAST

    Today:

    Very warm with a good deal of sunshine for most. Eastern coasts cooler with an onshore breeze and low cloud in the northeast. Cloudier in the south with showers and some thunderstorms possible, these moving into some central areas later.

    Tonight:

    Thundery showers moving north, followed by clear spells, but also low cloud and coastal mist in the south. A warm night, except in the north-east.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HOTTEST DAY

    Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far – But will today out-do the top temperature of 26.1C?

  • Sarah Grealish

    PICTURED: LONDON SUNRISE

    A cyclist makes his way through Richmond Park earlier this morning on what is set to be the hottest day of the year.

    Temperatures are set to reach up to 27C in the capital later today

    Credit: Rick Findler
  • Sarah Grealish

    THUNDERSTORM WARNING

  • Debbie White

    THUNDERSTORMS, HAIL & HEAVY RAIN FOR JUNE 2

    Thunderstorms are likely across parts of south-west England and southwest Wales on Wednesday.

    This has led 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.

  • Debbie White

    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.

    She added: “There will potentially be some thunderstorms by midweek. 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.”

  • Debbie White

    29C AND STORMS FOR WEDNESDAY

    On Wednesday, conditions in the UK could reach 29C as the late spring sunshine finally arrives.

    However the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday morning, with thunderstorms potentially developing across southwest England and Wales from 5am to 11am.

  • Debbie White

    CLIFF WARNING

    A woman has been hit on the head by falling rocks as she walked along a Dorset beach, leading to renewed calls to holidaymakers to take care.

    She was walking along East Beach at West Bay on Monday when she was struck by the rocks and was rushed to hospital.

    A spokesman for Lyme Regis Coastguard said: “The lady had been walking along the beach and was struck on the head by falling debris from the cliff above.

    “On arrival at the scene, immediate casualty care was given until the ambulance arrived.We wish her a speedy recovery.

    “Please do not walk under the cliffs. They are very fragile after the all the rain and storms. There is a likelihood that there will be further falls with no warning.”

  • Debbie White

    AVERAGE 18C FROM JUNE 2-11

    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.

    After a thoroughly miserable May, summer finally seems to be on the way – and it’s hoped the glorious weather will stick around into June.

    In extremely welcome news to fed-up sun-worshippers, the mercury will remain at an average of 18C between June 2 and 11.

  • Debbie White

    MERCURY COULD CLIMB TO SCORCHING 28C-29C ON WEDNESDAY

    Wednesday is likely to be hotter than Tuesday, with the possibility of a sizzling 28C or 29C in some areas, predicts the Met Office.

  • Debbie White

    25C ON TUESDAY – HOTTER THAN PORTUGAL

    Temperatures remained balmy on Tuesday with a high of 25C for London and the South East.

    Meanwhile in the North West a top temperature of 24C was recorded.

    The bank holiday mini-heatwave means that Brits have been enjoying warmer weather than tourist hotspot Portugal, which had a high of 20C today.

  • Debbie White

    BRITAIN ON A COVID KNIFE EDGE

    Government adviser tells sunbathing Brits to follow social distancing rules as the UK is on a ‘knife edge’.

    As many flock to the UK’s beaches and beauty spots in the warm weather, the country’s top scientists have warned the next two week are crucial for the way out of the pandemic.

    Susan Michie, a professor of health psychology at University College London who sits on government advisory group Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B)​, told Sky News: “We’re on a knife-edge.

    “We could go either way with this new variant.

    “Either it could run away as it did before Christmas, which would be extremely serious and we’d have to have more restrictions, or potentially it could be contained. But that does mean everybody needs to be cautious right now."

  • Debbie White

    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.

  • Debbie White

    LOSS OF POWER 'LIKELY' ON JUNE 2

    Wednesday's thunderstorm warning is from 5am to 11am, says the Met Office.

    It warns that there could be some short-term loss of power and other services, while delays to train services and poor road conditions are possible.

  • Debbie White

    HOTTER THAN PORTUGAL

    Brits basked in 25C sunshine on Tuesday after a scorching Bank Holiday – and it’s going to get even hotter today.

    The mercury soared to 25.1C on Bank Holiday Monday, making it the hottest day of the year so far, and forecasters say even warmer temperatures are on the way.

  • Debbie White

    28C FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 2 – MET OFFICE

    The Met Office has updated its temperature forecast for June 2 – and Wednesday’s mercury looks set to climb to 28C in the south.

  • Debbie White

    FLOWER POWER

    These puppy pals enjoyed the warm sunny weather as they posed with daisy flowers on Tuesday

    The trio of pooches were seen on the beach at Herne Bay, Kent.

  • Debbie White

    OUTLOOK FOR WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY

    Another very warm day for many on Wednesday, though showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop from the southwest.

    Drier from Thursday with showers or thunderstorms confined to the southeast.

  • Debbie White

    THUNDERSTORMS ON THE WAY

    Days of sunshine leading up to the warmest days of the year so far are set to be interrupted by thunderstorms forecast to hit parts of the UK.

    A balmy 25.7C was recorded at Heathrow Airport at 2pm on Tuesday, making it the hottest day of 2021 so far – toppling a top temperature set just the day before.

    Bank holiday Monday's maximum temperature was 25.1C in Kinlochewe, Scotland, as sunseekers enjoyed the long weekend and newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown restrictions.

  • Debbie White

    MINI-HEATWAVE CONTINUES FOR UK

    Today, Wednesday, conditions in the UK could reach 29C as the late spring sunshine finally arrives.

    However the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday morning, with thunderstorms potentially developing across southwest England and Wales from 5am to 11am.

    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.

  • Debbie White

    ODDS TUMBLING ON HOTTEST JUNE

    Bank Holiday Monday was the hottest day of the year so far in the UK and bookmaker Coral now makes this month just 6-4 to become the hottest June since records began.

    The odds have been cut from 4-1 over the last week as the wet spring fades into a distant memory.

    "Summer is coming and the sun is shining down on us now. We have slashed the odds significantly on this June going on to become the warmest we have ever had," said Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral make it 2-1 that this summer is the UK's hottest ever, whilst it is 11-8 that the highest ever recorded temperature is surpassed at any point in 2021.

    "We could see a number of weather records tumble if the temperatures continue to soar as we exit spring and head into summer," added Aitkenhead.

  • Debbie White

    RECORD TEMPERATURES SET TO CONTINUE AFTER BALMY BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "We're looking again at some very warm sunshine around for many northern and eastern parts of the UK.

    "But thundery showers will start to push in across south-west England and Wales by Wednesday morning."

    He said the unsettled conditions will start to feed north and eastwards across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, although temperatures could still top 27C or 28C across parts of the Midlands and East Anglia on Wednesday.

    There is a continued risk of thundery showers across the east and south-east England on Thursday and Friday, with conditions beginning to turn fresher from the west heading into the weekend.

    "There will be a bit more cloud around to end the week, with temperatures coming back down to average, the high teens for most," Mr Petagna said.

     

  • Debbie White

    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.

  • Debbie White

    RAIN AND STORMS THURSDAY & FRIDAY

    Late on Thursday and overnight into Friday there could be some heavy showers, says Netweather TV.

    There could even be thunderstorms "working their way northwards over eastern Britain", it adds.

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