Thunderstorms have been predicted for parts of the UK on Sunday amid a record-breaking September heatwave.
The UK has sweltered through six days of temperatures above 30C in September for the first time on record.
Saturday was named the hottest day of the year so far, with 32.7C recorded in Heathrow. Forecasters predict that Sunday could be the seventh day in a row where temperatures reach above 30C.
Amid the hot weather, a yellow thunderstorm warning spanning Northern Ireland, northern parts of England and Wales as well as southern Scotland has been issued by the Met Office, from 2pm until midnight on Sunday.
The warning means possible flash flooding, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds – which in turn could interrupt road access and public transport.
The Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said: “As we go into the start of Sunday those showers across the south-west will make their way north-eastwards into Wales and the Midlands and later on into northern England, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.”
She added: “Now these showers could be heavy and thundery too. So we do have a yellow thunderstorm warning out for those northern regions that I mentioned.”
She said things would start to brighten up a little into Sunday afternoon, with the best weather seen in the south-east.
“It is [in the south-east] that we will see those highest temperatures once again reaching into the low 30s, with 31-32C the forecast high for Sunday,” she said.
“And that would make it the seventh consecutive day that we’ve seen 30C recorded somewhere in the UK this September.”