Heatwave havoc in Britain as 'extreme' temperatures set to climb to 37C

Friday could be the UK's hottest day on record the Met Office has said

The Met Office said: "There is the potential for thunderstorms to develop during Friday afternoon, lasting well into the evening and perhaps developing into larger areas of heavy rain".

The UK heatwave is set to dial up a notch on Friday, with the Met Office forecasting 37C (98.6F) and issuing a yellow warning for "severe thunderstorms".

But parts of England are experiencing heavy rainfall and thunderstorm warnings are in place.

The Met Office said that while Britain is expected to see some rain on Saturday and Sunday, the hot spell will continue next week with temperatures rising to over 30 deg C.

The all-time British record is 38.5 degrees Celsius set in August 2003 near Faversham in Kent, south east England, while the highest July temperature was 36.7 deg C in 2015 at Heathrow airport.

"Large hail and strong, gusty winds are also likely and combined could lead to hard driving conditions as a result of spray and sudden flooding", Mr Ramsdale said.

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The Met Office says temperatures could peak until the very end of the week. "The risk of more significant thunderstorms increases later in the afternoon, turning locally torrential with hail and briefly gusty winds".

"Lots of people heading out and away for the weekend, roads lie the M11, the A1, the M1, the M18 - a lot of surface water and spray on those roads, so allow some extra time for your journey".

The amber, or level three, warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30C (86F) during the day, and 15C (59F) at night, for at least two consecutive days.

Fire brigades also called for a ban on barbeques in parks, and drivers were urged not to throw rubbish following a string of grassland fires in recent weeks.

Some areas will see a more than 10C drop between Friday and Saturday, Mr Deakin added.

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