Thunderstorms are expected in many regions (Image: Loz Newman/Instagram)
Get email updates with the day’s biggest stories
Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign upWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice
Fierce storms are expected to strike the UK today after days of soaring temperatures and balmy weather all over the country.
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for large swathes of England over the coming three days with thunderstorms and flooding expected in some parts of England.
Rain had already began to fall on Wednesday, which fell short of becoming the hottest day of the year so far when a high of 29.2C (84.56F) was recorded at Heathrow.
The soaring temperature narrowly fell behind the 29.7C (85.46F) peak felt in Teddington, Middlesex, on Monday.
On Thursday forecasters predict 'heavy and thundery rain' to start before clearing by the late morning, leaving scattered showers into the afternoon.
The UK has basked in soaring temperatures this month
Temperatures will be lower than has been felt in previous days but still largely warm with peaks of about 24 C in the south east.
There are also warnings of thunderstorms meaning people could see flooding to homes and businesses, communities could become cut off, power cuts could be seen and delays to public transport are warned.
Strong winds and hail could also pose problems while the Met Office said lightning strikes could cause delays to train and bus services.
Forecaster Simon Partridge said: "The rain will be pretty heavy with up to 30mm falling in quite a short timeframe.
Best outdoor staycation holidays in the UK for the family whether camping or glamping
Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen’s son ‘heartbroken’ over sheep death
"It will be a horrible night for many, especially when you're trying to get some sleep, remaining quite hot and humid in London and the South East, at around 17-18C, combined with the damp weather."
It brings to an end days of sunshine in which the public has revelled, with thousands flocking to parks and beaches to soak up the rays.
The thunderstorms are expected to continue until the weekend.
A large area of England is warned to expect thunderstorms today
They are the result of a small, low-pressure system moving in from Europe, with warmer surface-level air meeting colder upper air.
England's much-anticipated Euro 2020 clash with Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Friday night could be hit with bands of "heavy thundery showers", forecasters say.
But most of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern parts of Wales are expected to escape the wet weather, with these areas avoiding the yellow weather warnings.
UK Weather Forecast Today:
Sunny spells and a few showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Rather cloudy start for most of England and Wales. Sunny spells then developing for many away from the east, but also some showers over southern, eastern and central England.
Late afternoon showers fading away this evening leaving most areas dry with clear spells overnight. Rain may return to parts of southern England and East Anglia during the early hours.
Fine and dry across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Cloudier and breezy for much of England and Wales with spells of heavy rain developing over eastern, southern and central England.