UK weather – thunderstorms and 10C plunge to bring heatwave to an end TODAY

THUNDERSTORMS and temperatures plunging by 10C across Britain are set to bring a soggy end to the heatwave.

Air from the Arctic Ocean is expected to send temperatures plummeting from today after hot spots like Bournemouth and Brighton have been seen heaving with sun-seekers.

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Bournemouth beach was heaving yesterday as sunbathers ignored the 2m rule[/caption]

Weather map shows rain falling across the country at 1pm

Today’s conditions will be a stark contrast to the balmy weather we have seen in the last week.

It brings a chilly end to the sunshine which has seen Britain bask in some of the hottest days of the year.

The UK is currently experiencing its hottest spring on record, with Cromdale in Scotland recording 28C last Friday.

Yesterday, Southampton and Gosport logged the warmest temperatures, with the rest of the south coast basking in some of the balmiest weather.


Forecasters say we’ve now seen the best of the heat, with a cold and stormy spell being sent from the Arctic Ocean today.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles told the Sun Online: “We’ve got used to it being very warm but the feel of the weather is going to change over the next few days.
“We’ve had a lot of warm air coming from Europe but the pressure patterns will change in the next few days.
“Whereas we have been having air coming from the warm continent it will now come from the Arctic Ocean.”

Thunder storms are expected to hit western parts of England today, with Bristol likely to catch the worst of it.

Highs of just 18C are expected – 10C down from last Friday.

According to the Met Office, the chilly spell will continue until the weekend, with temperatures only set to rise again next week.

Cooped-up Brits made the most of the sunshine over the weekend – and began enjoying their latest freedoms.

Friends and families are now allowed to meet in socially distanced groups outside – although this is unlikely to be possible as the weather worsens.

Pictures show packed parks and beaches as Brits soaked at the sun, all under the ongoing threat of a second wave.


Sun-seekers pack Bournemouth beach despite social distancing rules[/caption]

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A group of friends soak up the sun on Bournemouth beach[/caption]

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Swimmers take a dip at Warleigh Weir on the river Avon near Bath in Somerset[/caption]

Revellers made use of rubber rings and inflatables at the beauty spot
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A man rides a bike along the coastal path from Saltdean towards Rottingdean near Brighton[/caption]

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