Thunderstorms forecast for the weekend after Britain basks in record temperatures

David Harding
Two women enjoy the sunshine (PA)

After the sun comes the rain.

Forecasters have warned that thundery showers are on the way after large parts of Britain basked in the hottest temperatures of the year for the past two days.

Although it will remain humid, temperatures are set to drop for most, though corners of the south east are still likely to experience a hot weekend.

And for some it could turn wet.

Thousands are expected to visit the beach over the weekend, despite warnings of some rain (PA)

‘Saturday looks likely to be another promising day for many us,’ said forecaster Helen Willetts.

‘A lot of dry, sunny weather to start with. There will be a little more cloud as we go through the day and certainly through Northern Ireland and north-west England and Scotland we’ll see a little more cloud and some outbreaks of rain.

‘There is a potential across England and Wales for a few thunderstorms to break out through the later stages of the afternoon.

Someone takes advantage of the sun on the River Cam (Rex)

‘Temperatures will peak around 20 to 24C.

There’s a great deal of uncertainty about East Anglia so you need to keep listening to the forecasts but if you’re planning any outdoor activities, dare I say even barbecues related, it looks as if we could see some sharp showers.’

After an excruciatingly long winter, temperatures have reached as 84 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts, making it the hottest recorded in April for 70 years.’


After an excruciatingly long winter, temperatures have reached as 84 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts, making it the hottest recorded in April for 70 years.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to head to the beach at the weekend, with warnings that roads to the south coast could be very busy.

Up to 50,000 are expected to descend on Brighton alone, according to one estimate.

How this year compares to other Aprils (Rex)

Another claimed that 25,000 people would choose the sands of Bournemouth.

A similar number are expected to go to Blackpool at the weekend.

Bookies have slashed the odds to 4/5 for it to be the hottest April ever in Britain – and many are expected to get out the BBQ at the weekend despite the threat of rain.

Forecasters have warned that the weather could take a turn for the worse over the weekend (PA)

There were many speculating on social media that the good weather on Friday had forced many to forget about going into work and have a long weekend instead.

Some questioned whether people forget the desk job and take an impromptu ‘duvet day’ because of the hot spell.

There were also reports that many had overdone it – and got sunburn after rushing out to the get the first rays of the summer.

It is not just the roads which are affected.

Network Rail has even told trains to slow down on some stretches in case of the track buckling.

There have been warnings to those taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday not to wear fancy dress costumes because of the heat.

With the temperatures remaining high for parts of the UK, forecasters also warned about high pollen counts