Thunderstorm warning issued for Lincolnshire

Portsmouth residents warned to ‘stay out of sun’ as Met Office issues heatwave alert

Motorists have been warned that lightning, flash flooding and large hailstones could hit eastern parts this afternoon, with a thunderstorm warning in place from about 2pm until just before midnight.

It's not just the United Kingdom that has been treated to some record breaking temperatures this summer.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: "The outlook for the next 30 days is more of the same".

The dry spell has been most prolonged in East Anglia and south-east England where the last day of very widespread rainfall was seen on May 29.

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In its ten day forecast the Met Office says the jet stream will return to the south of Britain and Ireland early next week bringing "changeable weather" with rain, cloud and cooler temperatures.

Thursday night is likely to be hot and humid, with a few thundery showers possible and the lowest temperatures predicted to range from 16C to 20C, they said.

"One or two, nonetheless, across parts of Wales and western England".

Tony Wafer, RNLI community safety manager, said: "If you are heading to the coast this weekend, please find out where your nearest lifeguarded beach is and ask the lifeguards for advice on conditions, especially if you are going in the water".

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The RAC said it was expecting breakdowns to be about 15-20% higher than they would normally expect for late July, adding that breakdowns were already up 25% in London.

In the capital, London Fire Brigade called for a temporary ban on barbecues in public parks after a spate of grass fires, while Highways England demanded drivers refrain from throwing rubbish from their vehicles following a surge in fires by busy roads.

Children, the elderly and people with lung or heart problems have been advised to reduce strenuous exercise and physical exertion.

One nurse was admitted to A&E with dehydration after working three 12-hours shifts in a row during the heatwave.

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The Met Office is advising people to stay out of the sun and keep drinking fluids.

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