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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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Weather warning: Heatwave and then heavy rain

Britons will enjoy hot and sunny weather across the UK today. But people planning trips to parks and beaches this weekend are advised to pack umbrellas, as thunderstorms and torrential rain are on the way.

People jump into the water in Brighton. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Weather experts have issued two warnings for the public - one for a heatwave today and the other for heavy rain, lightning strikes and localised flooding tomorrow.

Temperatures across many southern parts of England are expected to top 30C today - ousting yesterday's 29.2C in London as the hottest of the year - with some parts of the South East reaching at least 32C, perhaps higher.

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