Hottest day of the year to follow four days of rain and thunder

Britain is set to be battered by four days of rain and thunder before a mini heatwave comes in next week with highs of 34C.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for heavy showers and thunderstorms in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which will see localised flooding and travel chaos – with a risk of lightning, hail and sudden downpours.

Areas along the south coast will also face downpours, with Sussex and Kent likely to be the hardest hit.

Saturday will see a mix of sunshine and showers, with a band of rain pushing from west to east over the course of the day.

Areas th\t miss the downpours will instead experience sunshine, warmth and humidity with the temperatures sitting between 25C and 26C.

Saturday will be cooler than recent nights as the showers clear up.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "Sunday will be a little bit drier with a few showers here and there and temperatures again reaching 25C to 26C.

"Across Northern Ireland and western Scotland it's going to be wet and windy later."

He continued: "Monday will be wet and windy across northwestern parts of the UK, elsewhere there will be one or two showers but temperatures will be rising – we're looking at highs of 29C.

"On Tuesday the rain and strong winds in the North West will have eased and it will turn drier, elsewhere there should be lots of sunshine with highs of 33C or higher."

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