UK Weather – Thunderstorms to lash balmy Britain TOMORROW on 29C hottest day of the year

THUNDERSTORMS are set to lash balmy Britain tomorrow on the hottest day of the year so far.

The mercury soared to 25C today, and forecasters say even warmer temperatures are on the way – with a scorching high of 29C expected on Wednesday.

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The Met Office is predicting that the mercury will rise to nearly 30C tomorrow.

Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day of this week's mini-heatwave – however the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms will develop across southwest England and Wales from 5am to 11am.

After a thoroughly miserable May, summer finally seems to be on the way.

The UK had its fourth highest amount of rainfall on record for the month, with an average of 120mm falling.

Wales had wettest May since records began in 1862, with 245mm of rainfall, while England had its fifth wettest May ever, and its wettest since 1967, with 111mm of rain.

Temperatures have remained balmy today with a high of 25C for London and the South East.

Meanwhile in the North West a top temperature of 24C is predicted.

The bank holiday heatwave means Brits are enjoying warmer weather than tourist hot spot Portugal, which has a high of 20C today.

Brits are expected to be basking in warmth over the next week or so, with thousands heading to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine.

In extremely welcome news to fed-up sun-worshippers, the mercury will remain at an average of 18C between June 2 and 11.

Kinlochewe in Scotland was the hottest place in the UK yesterday, reaching 21.5C, according to the Met Office.

Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said just one place appears to be missing out on all the gorgeous sunshine.

The east coast of England has been noticeably cooler than anywhere else, she said.

“There is quite a lot of low cloud, mist and fog in east coastal areas and that will stay for the next few days, so highs of between 12C and 16C there – quite a lot lower than elsewhere," she said.

And while temperatures will rise again tomorrow, she warned Brits to make the most of the weather – as thunderstorms could be on the way.

“There will potentially be some thunderstorms by midweek," she said.

"The first bout of showers will come into parts of the south-west.

“There's a chance of some thundery breakdowns in the south-east.

"We could have some quite intense storms there.

"There's still a lot of uncertainty but with the warm and humid weather we are having we have the key ingredients for thunderstorms."

But some forecasters say June is set to be gorgeous.

Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook said it'll be all change from a mostly miserable May.

"Probability forecasts look dry and warm – a few of the runs turbocharge the heat towards mid-June," he said.

"What a massive U-turn this is becoming."

And bookies have slashed the odds on this month being the hottest June ever.

Having been a 4/1 shot last week, Ladbrokes has now cut odds to just 7/4 on next month boasting record-breaking heat.

Alex Apati of the chain said: "It looks like the British weather has finally taken a turn for the better, with a record-breaking hot June potentially on the way."

Many of us enjoyed the long weekend with trips to the beach.

The sand in Bournemouth, Dorset was rammed with visitors throughout the weekend.

Brighton's bars and restaurants were also heaving with guests making the most of the stunning weather.

But residents of one plush London development had a completely different kind of experience on their bank holiday.

Daredevil swimmers with a serious head for heights took a cooling dip in the world's first floating sky pool – 115 feet above the ground.

Architects fitted the pool between two blocks of luxury flats in Nine Elms.

And anyone brave enough to take a swim would have had uninterrupted views to the ground from the 10th floor.

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