Storms set to follow scorching temperatures in UK

A day of scorching temperatures is set to be followed by thundery downpours in the UK, forecasters have warned.

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Torrential rain is set to follow the scorching temperatures today. Credit: PA Wire

Britons have been told to expect heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds by Friday night.

Temperatures are expected to top 33C today, before a new weather pattern bringing wet and humid conditions arrives.

The Met Office warns of "frequent lightning, large hail and strong gusts".

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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.