Hottest day of the year 2018

Parts of the River Tyne have vanished thanks to the heatwave

A Met Office spokesperson said: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail, or strong winds".

A Met Office spokesman said: "Whilst many places are likely to remain dry, there is the potential for thunderstorms to develop during Friday afternoon, lasting well into the evening".

After weeks without rain there is a chance of flooding on Friday, with as much as 30mm expected to fall in just an hour.

Meanwhile, 6/4 says the UK's all-time high United Kingdom temperature record is broken this summer.

"Stay out of the sun".

Large hail and strong, gusty winds are additional hazards.

It has warned people in Reading, Berkshire and the south east to stay out of the sun and keep their homes as cool as possible.

Nurses have warned that some hospital wards have reached more than 30C, leading to patients and relatives passing out or vomiting.

Nobby the polar bear cools off at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Nobby the polar bear cools off at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Danny Lawson Press Association

There is also a 30% chance that the record for the hottest July day of 36.7C (98F), recorded at Heathrow in 2015, could be broken.

"Things are looking very settled until we get through to the weekend, with dry, hot weather continuing through until Friday night", he said.

Rail journeys are being disrupted by the hot weather as train speeds are reduced to stop tracks from buckling, with trains on Chiltern Railways between London and Oxford are being rescheduled because of high track temperatures.

A Met Office spokesman said: "It's the driest first half of the summer since 1961".

Meanwhile, the heatwave has also seen a day's play lost in the India warm-up match against Essex.

Although there is no official definition of a "heatwave" in the United Kingdom, the term can be used to describe an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year.

Met Office is warning that there is a 90 per cent probability of heatwave conditions across Portsmouth and Hampshire over the coming days.

Conditions this week have been nearer normal for the time of year in Northern Ireland and western Scotland, which are seeing lower temperatures and rainy spells.




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