Weather forecast UK LIVE – Hay fever HELL on 29C hottest day of 2021 so far but Met Office issues thunderstorm warning

THE MERCURY is set to climb even higher today, with highs of 29C predicted, according to the Met Office.

However, thunderstorms are likely across parts of south-west England and southwest Wales, leading the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for these areas.

We’ll all be basking in a mini-heatwave over the next fortnight, with thousands heading to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine.

Coral now makes this month just 6-4 to become the hottest June since records began.

Read our weather live blog below for the latest updates...

  • Olivia Burke

    THUNDERSTORMS ON THE WAY

    Days of sunshine leading up to the warmest days of the year so far are set to be interrupted by thunderstorms forecast to hit parts of the UK.

    A balmy 25.7C was recorded at Heathrow Airport at 2pm on Tuesday, making it the hottest day of 2021 so far – toppling a top temperature set just the day before.

    Bank holiday Monday’s maximum temperature was 25.1C in Kinlochewe, Scotland, as sunseekers enjoyed the long weekend and newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown restrictions.

  • Olivia Burke

    CONTINUED:

    Open windows once the day gets cooler: Once it gets towards the evening, temperatures will start cooling down, which means it’s time to open your windows – and definitely have one open whilst you sleep (if it’s safe to do so).

    Windows should be kept closed when the day is at its hottest, but once the heat starts to drop they can be opened to let in the cool evening breeze.

    Temperatures fall considerably at night, so opening a window in the evening will allow cool air to circulate around the house – it should help you sleep better, too.

    Treat yourself to some new houseplants: 2021 has been the year of the houseplant, and now the hot weather will give you even more excuse to add to your collection.

    Indoor plants can help cool a house in warm weather, as they consume hot air for their natural processes.

    When an atmosphere heats up, plants will often release excess water into the air from their leaves – as a result they cool themselves and the surrounding environment.

    Some of the best ones include rubber plants, Chinese evergreens, palms, mother-in-law’s tongues and ficus benjaminas.

    Turn off the lights: As you might remember from your secondary school science classes, light bulbs give off heat.

    It’s best to avoid any sort of extra light or heat sources when the temperature is already scorching!

    Plus, you’ll save money on the electric bill – it’s a win win!

  • Olivia Burke

    HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL IN HOT WEATHER

    With temperatures of 27 degrees reported to be reached in the UK this week, temperature specialists Stelrad have put together some tips on how to keep your home as cool as possible:  

    Put a bowl of ice in front of a fan: Simply put a bowl bucket or even tupperware filled with ice water directly in front of a fan.

    As the ice melts the breeze from the fan will pick up the cool air coming from the ice’s surface.

    This will recreate a cool breeze, similar to an air conditioning unit. Alternatively, a wet flannel or small, damp towel placed over a fan works just as well.

    Keep curtains and windows closed during the day: On a gorgeous sunny day it’s natural to want to want to see the sun and have it shining in through your windows, but it will heat up your surroundings similar to a greenhouse!

  • Sarah Grealish

    MET OFFICE FORECAST

    Today:

    Very warm with a good deal of sunshine for most. Eastern coasts cooler with an onshore breeze and low cloud in the northeast. Cloudier in the south with showers and some thunderstorms possible, these moving into some central areas later.

    Tonight:

    Thundery showers moving north, followed by clear spells, but also low cloud and coastal mist in the south. A warm night, except in the north-east.

  • Sarah Grealish

    PET SAFETY

    A TOP vet has issued a heatwave warning amid concerns pet owners don’t do enough to protect their four-legged friends from heatstroke, sunburn and even skin cancer.

    As Britain enjoys a Bank Holiday heatwave, fears are growing that our pets are suffering from excess exposure to sunshine, especially with many of us becoming first-time pet owners during lockdown.

    Aimee Labbate, veterinary surgeon at PocketVet, revealed her top tips to protect cats and dogs from serious problems during hot weather.

    Aimee said: "As a general rule of thumb, when temperatures exceed 19C, caution should be taken when exercising your dog. It is not just heatstroke that we need to worry about with pets, but also burnt pads and even sunburn, particularly in cats.

    "It is really important to remember that your pet's skin can burn, just like ours. Please remember to keep them protected with an appropriate sun cream, particularly on noses and ears. 

    "Pets can get skin cancer if left to burn, unfortunately we see this fairly commonly in pets that aren't protected, particularly cats. If you notice any changes in your pet's behaviour, it is best to seek advice from a vet."

  • Sarah Grealish

    THUNDERSTORM WARNING

  • Sarah Grealish

    SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE

    BRITS are set to sizzle in 29C heat as the UK is hotter than Australia today – and the scorching weather isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

    The heatwave is said to be sticking around for another two weeks as the country is warmer than ten countries on the Government's green list.

    Our cousins on the other side of the world are seeing highs of 17C today in Canberra, although it is technically winter for Australians.

    Other green list spots include Portugal (20C in Lisbon), Gibraltar (25C) and Israel (25C in Jerusalem).

    St Helena (21C in Jamestown), the Faroe Islands (10C) and Falkland Islands (3C) – are all chillier than the British Isles today. 

  • Sarah Grealish

    LOSS OF POWER

    The Met Office's yellow thunderstorm alert from 5am to 11am warns there could be some short-term loss of power and other services, while delays to train services and poor road conditions are possible.

    After a thoroughly miserable May, summer finally seems to be on the way.

    The UK had its fourth highest amount of rainfall on record for the month, with an average of 120mm falling.

    Wales had wettest May since records began in 1862, with 245mm of rainfall, while England had its fifth wettest May ever, and its wettest since 1967, with 111mm of rain.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HEAVY THUNDER

    The warmth has sparked heavy thunder in South Wales and South West England this morning.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert from 5am to 11am as it warns of power cuts and train delays and dangerous road conditions are possible.

    Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "The thunderstorms could bring lots of lightning, some hail, as well as some heavy rain, and with the half term there is an increased number of tourists in this area.

    "The thunderstorms do then push north-eastwards into the Midlands and across more of Wales, but they also ease and break up, so these places will see some showers but they won't be as intense."

    But Mr Burkill said that today was likely to be hotter than yesterday with the possibility of a sizzling 28C or 29C in some areas.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HOTTEST DAY THIS YEAR

    Today is offically the hottest day of 2021 so far according to the Met Office.

  • Sarah Grealish

    ODDS CUT ON 30C OR HIGHER BEING RECORDED THIS WEEK IN THE UK

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 1-2 (from 6-4) on 30C or higher being recorded in the UK before the end of the weekend.

    The firm is offering 4-5 that this month ends as the hottest June on record, while it is 4-6 that this summer is the hottest ever in the UK.

    “It has been a sweltering week so far and things could still get hotter. We have slashed the odds on 30C or higher being recorded before the end of the weekend,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “This week could be a taste of what is to come over the next few months as our betting suggests we may be set for the hottest summer ever in the UK,” added Hill.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TURBOCHARGING HEAT IN JUNE – FORECASTER

    Some forecasters say June is set to be gorgeous.

    Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook said it’ll be all change from a mostly miserable May.

    “Probability forecasts look dry and warm – a few of the runs turbocharge the heat towards mid-June,” he said.

    “What a massive U-turn this is becoming.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    JUNE 7/4 TO BE HOTTEST ON RECORD

    Next month could be the hottest June EVER, according to Ladbrokes.

    Having been a 4/1 shot last week, the bookies have now cut odds to just 7/4 on next month going down as a record-breaking hot June.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like the British weather has finally taken a turn for the better, with a record-breaking hot June potentially on the way.

  • Sarah Grealish

    BRITAIN ON A KNIFE EDGE

    Government adviser tells sunbathing Brits to follow social distancing rules as the UK is on a ‘knife edge’.

    Today is expected to ring the warmest weather of the year so far with highs of 28C.

    But as many flock to the UK’s beaches and beauty spots, the country’s top scientists have warned the next two week are crucial for the way out of the pandemic.

    Susan Michie, a professor of health psychology at University College London who sits on government advisory group Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B)​, told Sky News: “We’re on a knife-edge.

    “We could go either way with this new variant.

    “Either it could run away as it did before Christmas, which would be extremely serious and we’d have to have more restrictions, or potentially it could be contained. But that does mean everybody needs to be cautious right now.

  • Sarah Grealish

    AVERAGE 18C FROM JUNE 2-11

    We’ll all be basking in a mini-heatwave over the next fortnight, with thousands heading to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine.

    After a thoroughly miserable May, summer finally seems to be on the way – and it’s hoped the glorious weather will stick around into June.

    In extremely welcome news to fed-up sun-worshippers, the mercury will remain at an average of 18C between June 2 and 11.

  • Sarah Grealish

    MET OFFICE FORECAST

    Today:

    Very warm with a good deal of sunshine for most. Eastern coasts cooler with an onshore breeze and low cloud in the northeast. Cloudier in the south with showers and some thunderstorms possible, these moving into some central areas later.

    Tonight:

    Thundery showers moving north, followed by clear spells, but also low cloud and coastal mist in the south. A warm night, except in the north-east.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HOTTEST DAY

    Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far – But will today out-do the top temperature of 26.1C?

  • Sarah Grealish

    PICTURED: LONDON SUNRISE

    A cyclist makes his way through Richmond Park earlier this morning on what is set to be the hottest day of the year.

    Temperatures are set to reach up to 27C in the capital later today

    Credit: Rick Findler
  • Sarah Grealish

    THUNDERSTORM WARNING

  • Debbie White

    THUNDERSTORMS, HAIL & HEAVY RAIN FOR JUNE 2

    Thunderstorms are likely across parts of south-west England and southwest Wales on Wednesday.

    This has led the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for these areas.

    Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "The thunderstorms could bring lots of lightning, some hail, as well as some heavy rain, and with the half term there is an increased number of tourists in this area.

    "The thunderstorms do then push north-eastwards into the Midlands and across more of Wales, but they also ease and break up, so these places will see some showers but they won't be as intense.

  • Debbie White

    POSSIBLE THUNDER NEXT WEEK

    Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, has said while temperatures will rise again tomorrow, thunderstorms could be on the way.

    She added: “There will potentially be some thunderstorms by midweek. The first bout of showers will come into parts of the south-west.

    “There’s a chance of some thundery breakdowns in the south-east.

    “We could have some quite intense storms there.

    “There’s still a lot of uncertainty but with the warm and humid weather we are having we have the key ingredients for thunderstorms.”

  • Debbie White

    29C AND STORMS FOR WEDNESDAY

    On Wednesday, conditions in the UK could reach 29C as the late spring sunshine finally arrives.

    However the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday morning, with thunderstorms potentially developing across southwest England and Wales from 5am to 11am.

  • Debbie White

    CLIFF WARNING

    A woman has been hit on the head by falling rocks as she walked along a Dorset beach, leading to renewed calls to holidaymakers to take care.

    She was walking along East Beach at West Bay on Monday when she was struck by the rocks and was rushed to hospital.

    A spokesman for Lyme Regis Coastguard said: “The lady had been walking along the beach and was struck on the head by falling debris from the cliff above.

    “On arrival at the scene, immediate casualty care was given until the ambulance arrived.We wish her a speedy recovery.

    “Please do not walk under the cliffs. They are very fragile after the all the rain and storms. There is a likelihood that there will be further falls with no warning.”

  • Debbie White

    AVERAGE 18C FROM JUNE 2-11

    We’ll all be basking in a mini-heatwave over the next fortnight, with thousands heading to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine.

    After a thoroughly miserable May, summer finally seems to be on the way – and it’s hoped the glorious weather will stick around into June.

    In extremely welcome news to fed-up sun-worshippers, the mercury will remain at an average of 18C between June 2 and 11.

  • Debbie White

    MERCURY COULD CLIMB TO SCORCHING 28C-29C ON WEDNESDAY

    Wednesday is likely to be hotter than Tuesday, with the possibility of a sizzling 28C or 29C in some areas, predicts the Met Office.

    Source: Read Full Article