Temperature passes 30C for first time this year with heatwave risk within days

This weekend has brought the warmest temperatures of the year so far, ITV News' Vincent McAviney reports

Temperatures in the UK have passed 30C for the first time this year, bringing warnings of an imminent heatwave.

Parts of the country are also set to be battered by thunderstorms, following the roasting conditions.

Highs of 32.2C were recorded in Surrey on Saturday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.Most of the UK will meet heatwave criteria within days, a Met Office meteorologist said.

Thunderstorm warning in place

A yellow thunderstorm warning, highlighting potential disruption to travel, power cuts and localised flooding, has been issued for Wales and a large part of southern and central England until 9pm on Saturday.

A second yellow warning for thunder is in place for Sunday from midday to 9pm for Wales, Northern Ireland and most of western and central England and Scotland.

Parts of east and northern Scotland are likely to avoid the most extreme conditions.

Dan Stroud, meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “On Sunday there will be a little bit more cloud, temperatures down a smidgen, but still 28C or 29C, sparking off a few showers and thunderstorm warnings.

“Early next week will be a continuation of hot weather. Monday there will be thunder, showers, but then the weather will try and settle down on Tuesday and mid-week.

“But it will maintain this well-above-average temperature. Most of the UK will meet heatwave criteria.”

Boats on the river at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Heat health alert in place

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued an amber alert for hot weather until 9am on Tuesday in the West Midlands, East Midlands, east of England, South East and South West.

It means the impact of the heat is “likely to be felt across the whole health service… and the wider population, not just the most vulnerable”.

A further yellow alert, which is less serious and warns that there may be some disruption to services due to weather conditions, is in place for the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions of England, as well as London.

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