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Floods warning with heavy storms set to return

After basking in the year's hottest temperatures at the end of the week, Britain is now braced for torrential downpours and storms that could cause flash flooding across large parts of the country.

The Environment Agency has warned almost every county in England and Wales is at "medium" risk of flooding, and has issued dozens of flood alerts, the majority of which are in the Midlands, South West and South East.

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Temperatures soar to highest level in parts of UK

Britons basked in the sunshine as temperatures soared to the highest level of the year today. Temperatures peaked at 29.1C (84.4F) in London, while much of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also saw highs of 20 to 27C.

Forecasters have warned tomorrow could get hotter as an Iberian weather pattern is expected to descend overnight.

People enjoy the weather in Parliament Square, Leeds, as temperatures are tipped to soar to record levels Credit: PA

Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said: "We would expect to get into the early 30Cs tomorrow so this is likely to be a short-lived record."

People jump off the sea defences into the water in Brighton, East Sussex as temperatures soar across the country. Credit: PA
People make the most of the warm weather on the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Credit: PA

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