Britain to be hotter than Egypt today in 36C scorcher as thunderstorms hit

Temperatures are set to scorch the UK on Wednesday, with predicted highs of 36C, making parts of the country hotter than Egypt's capital Cairo.

Today's weather will be 4C warmer than the 32C expected in the Egyptian city, and will also mark the first time since records began that the UK has experienced six days over 34C in a row.

Tuesday saw highs of 35C at Heathrow Airport, as sun-worshippers flocked to beaches and parks again.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms remains in place for most of the UK until Thursday evening.

Storms have been developing across northern Scotland over the past 24 hours.

Thunderstorms will strike many parts of the UK on Wednesday, but despite that, Met Office meteorologist John Griffiths warned the record-breaking heatwave is here to stay.

The weather agency said the storms haven't been accompanied by much rain, and so are unlikely to lower temperatures significantly.

Instead, Griffiths explained the short storms have added to the already humid weather and warned Brits to expect another "uncomfortable night of sleeping" in 20C temperatures.

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He told The Sun: "If anything, on Wednesday, we're expecting to see a bit more scattered heavy showers and thu8nderstorms across northwest England to Wales to the Midlands."

But aware from these short rainy spells will be "plenty of hot sunshine".

Wednesday night will see more sporadic thunderstorms across southern Britain, but the heatwave will continue into Thursday with highs of 31C.

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Friday will see temperatures cool slightly to around 27C, with the heatwave to be officially over by Saturday.

Brits can expect cooler temperatures over the weekend, but the respite from the scorching sun will be brief.

Next week, the mercury will start to climb again, but it's too early to say whether we can expect a second heatwave.

It comes as the UK experienced its hottest August day since 2003 last Friday, with the highest temperature recorded at 38.5C at Faversham in Kent.

Beaches across the country have been rammed with millions of Brits foregoing foreign holidays in favour of staycations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

But scientists fear the packed coastlines have made it impossible to stick to social distancing guidelines, as a number of localised spikes are reported.

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