UK heatwave: Final day of 'extreme' heat with thunder on way

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Much of the UK has been experiencing another day of high temperatures – but the spell of extreme hot weather is due to come to an end with thunderstorms.

Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland had rain and lower temperatures on Sunday, spreading into parts of England and Wales on Monday.

A Met Office amber warning for extreme heat remains in place until midnight.

Experts have warned a lengthy period of rain would be needed to end the drought declared in parts of England on Friday.

A lot of land has been left parched and hard by the heat, so rain is likely to hit the ground and run off – as it would on concrete – which could lead to flash flooding.

The extreme heat warning has been in place for a large part of England and Wales for four days – making it the lengthiest alert since the system was introduced last year.

It has not been as high as July’s heatwave – when recorded temperatures in the UK topped 40C for the first time – but the extreme heat has lasted longer.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 33C in southern and central England on Sunday.

Dan Stroud, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We’ve had high pressure dominating, now we’re having low pressure dominate, so the air is becoming more unstable.

“As we’ve had some very high ground temperatures, it doesn’t actually take too much for the air to become even more unstable and for thundery showers to develop quickly.”

Lincolnshire Police confirmed a teenage boy died on Saturday after getting into the sea at Skegness as temperatures prompted many people to flock to the beaches.

The hot weather has also led to wildfires around England, from the North York Moors National Park to Dorset on the south coast…

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