As temperatures hit up to 36C this weekend, sun-seekers have flocked to beaches up and down the country to get the most of the beautiful weather despite concerns over the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
But the heatwave could soon come to an end as thunderstorms batter Britain, with the Met Office warning some places could be hit with up to 80mm of rain.
Dan Harris, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “We’ve issued a broad thunderstorm warning for Monday and Tuesday for all parts of the UK, since although the ingredients are there.
“It’s just too early to pinpoint the details of exactly where and when thunderstorms will occur.
“As such, we will be monitoring the developing signals closely and I urge people to keep a close eye on Met Office warnings and forecasts over the coming days.”
They also warned the storms could affect all parts of the UK at some points from Tuesday to Wednesday next week.
The Met Office has even issued a “danger to life” warning for a number of areas across the UK starting from tomorrow.
Some homes and businesses are likely to be destroyed by incoming flood, lightning and hailstones, forecasters have warned.
They wrote: “Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to public transport.”
However, despite the upcoming thunderstorms, it appears the hot weather will continue until at least the middle of September according to the latest long-range forecast.
According to AccuWeather, temperatures highs until the end of August will remain in the 20s.
The forecaster also predicts the warm temperatures will stick around until September 11.
It suggests that from August 23 the UK will experience mostly sunny conditions, right up until September 9.
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AccuWeather also predicts a slight dip in temperatures between September 11 and September 13 with highs of 19C, before thermometers return to reaching highs of 21C from September 14 to 17 with the forecast, once again, mostly sunny.
During the current heatwave, Public Health England and the Met Office issued a warning to look out for others as temperatures soar.
Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, a consultant at Public Health England, said: “This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to COVID-19.
“A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.”
News the weather will remain sunny well into September comes just hours after experts warned a second lockdown could be implemented next month.
Sir David King, a former scientific adviser to the government, warned a second national lockdown may have to be imposed next month.
He warned another UK wide shutdown could be needed in September unless the Government sorts out its ‘Test and Trace’ policy this month.
He said the reopening of schools is likely to boost the R rate, the number of people each COVID-19 patient infects, by 0.5.
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