UK weather: Met Office issues yellow warnings for thunderstorms as UK records hottest day of year so far

The Met Office has issued two separate thunderstorm warnings for parts of the country, as the UK recorded its hottest temperature of the year so far.

The first yellow warning, in place across the whole of Northern Ireland from midday until 9pm this evening, warns of "some damage" to buildings and some flooding.

The weather service said the heaviest showers are most likely in the east.

A separate thunderstorm warning is in place across parts of southwest Scotland, including Glasgow.

"Heavy showers, some perhaps thundery with a chance of hail in a few spots, are expected to move eastwards across parts of Scotland this evening," the warning read.

It is in place from 5pm this evening until 11pm.

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The warning suggests a risk of heavy showers, with a chance of thunderstorms, which may lead to localised disruption as well as power cuts and hazardous driving conditions.

Though, temperatures are to remain mild in both the affected regions despite the conditions - with Belfast to hit highs of 19C (66F) and Glasgow highs of 16C (60F).

The rest of the UK will be mostly on the cloudy side with outbreaks of rain moving eastwards.

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It comes as the UK recorded its hottest temperature of the year so far on Monday.

The Met Office said temperatures hit 21.6C in Helens Bay in Northern Ireland, on Monday afternoon, making it the warmest day of the year so far.

As the coronation was in full swing, the street parties also capitalised on the good weather.

Despite drizzle dominating the Saturday skies, thousands flocked to the Mall to watch the proceedings.

Looking ahead, the Met Office has forecast more showers and thunder amid the sunshine, with the weather settling down by Friday 12 May.