Weekend weather forecast as record-breaking heatwave comes to thunderous end

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We can all go out again without starting to sweat instantly because the heatwave is ending.

Many of us struggled yesterday after the second highest temperature ever in the UK (38.1C ) was recorded in Cambridge.

Things will cool down today with temperatures ranging from mid-20s to the low 30s, with a possible high of 31C in south-east and East Anglia.

But the rain will be a problem over the next few days so you may need an umbrella.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: ‘The thunderstorms could continue on and off through the course of the day.

‘There is enough energy in the atmosphere to keep it going.’

There were thunderstorms in the south-east of England overnight, with the lightning producing some brilliant images over Claremont Pier in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

The weather will become less settled as the weekend progresses, with an increased chance of rain for many eastern and north-eastern areas.

A severe weather alert has been issued for those areas by the Met Office that starts tomorrow at 3pm and finishes Sunday.

It has warned of potential flooding.

A Met Office spokesman added: ‘Heavy, thundery downpours have pushed across parts of northwest England and North Wales, with strong gusts.’

The Met Office said a new record temperature for the month was set at 38.1C in Cambridge on yesterday afternoon, beating the previous record of 36.7C set in Heathrow in 2015.

Commuters were still feeling the effects of the blistering heat this morning when train services were disrupted.

The train companies affected were Great Northern, Thameslink and East Midland Trains and people were advised to avoid travelling unless the journey was essential.

The weather was also causing difficulties to flights.

British Airways announced that ‘severe thunderstorms are causing significant delays and cancellations to our operation in and out of London’.

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