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BBC Weather: UK warned of 'extreme heat' and thunderstorms

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For some Brits, the latest heatwave has been brought to an abrupt end with spells of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Whilst some parts of Britain are still basking in the heat, thunderstorms are due to roll in for many parts of the UK. So which areas are currently being blasted by these storms?

Earlier this week Brits were baking in temperatures as high as 33C.

The Met Office even issued its first-ever warning for “extreme heat” as temperatures soared across the UK.

Forecasters are warning Britons high temperatures will be replaced for many this weekend by intense rain and thundery showers.

The Met Office warns this sudden shift in conditions could result in flooding as well as disruption to travel.

Thunderstorms are currently striking parts of north-western France. Brest and Brittany were in the middle of thunderstorms on Friday afternoon.

These thunderstorms were forecast to move to the UK from Friday evening. West Wales is predicted to be the first to receive these storms.

Friday evening will see further thunderstorms rolling in across parts of the UK.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning covering all of the South of England, parts of Wales and even stretching into the Cotswolds.

What to expect when a yellow warning is issued

The Met Office issues warnings to alert the public to the potential dangers posed by severe weather.

When it issues a yellow warning, it means Brits should expect spray and sudden flooding, which could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

Homes and businesses could be flooded and this could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail could occur.

Where flooding or lightning strikes, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

Power cuts could happen and other services might be temporarily lost.

Meteorologist Tom Morgan said some areas within the warning zone could see a month’s worth of rain.

But he added these storms are unlikely to be as bad as those seen for some parts on Tuesday.

Parts of the country, such as in Leicestershire, saw some unusual weather, with reports of hail in some areas.

The Environmental Agency has had in place 17 flood alerts as of Wednesday morning.

These warnings cover parts of London, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

This week looks set to be a week of contrasts, with extreme temperatures for many on Monday and Tuesday, whilst many areas are in for heavy downpours this weekend.

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