The Easter heat wave in Britain ends today with thunderstorms and hailstorms across the country.
Sudden heavy showers, lightning and gusts of wind will break out in central and northern England from this afternoon, with the Met Office alerting a thunderstorm from 1:00 am amid concerns about power outages.
Forecasters warned of damage to buildings and structures due to lightning strikes and train delays – adding that driving conditions are affected by spray water, stagnant water or hail, leading to longer travel times by car.
Sun loungers and loungers are stacked on a deserted Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the rain this morning
People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach on Saturday (left) but today it is deserted in the rain (right)
Bournemouth beach is full of sun worshipers on Saturday, but today only seagulls can be seen (right)
Beachgoers enjoy the scorching Easter weather in Bournemouth on Saturday (left) but it is wet and miserable today (right)
Dozens of people go to the Bournemouth paddle on Saturday (left) but nobody wants to defy the water (right)
People hide from the rain as they walk along the coast of Bournemouth beach with a dog this morning
Up to an inch of rain could fall within an hour, with the weather expected to remain restless until the weekend – and the Met Office has also warned of possible 60 mph gusts of wind leading to the eighth name storm of the season.
Floods from homes and businesses are also possible, with warnings ending the burning weather, with temperatures reaching somewhere above 73F (23C) in the UK six days in a row until yesterday.
Top British temperatures in the last six days
- Yesterday – 76.6F / 24.8C (Porthmadog, North Wales)
- Easter Monday – 77F / 25C (Northolt, West London)
- Easter Sunday – 76.3F / 24.6C (London Heathrow)
- Saturday – 77.9F / 25.5C (Gosport, Hampshire)
- Good Friday – 76.1F / 24.5C (Wisley, Surrey)
- Thursday – 73.9F / 23.3C (Wiggonholt, West Sussex)
Days of glorious sunshine on the holiday ended with the hottest Easter Monday, with Britain warmer than Marrakech and Ibiza when millions of people flocked to beaches and enjoyed garden barbecues.
Temperatures peaked Monday at 77F (25C) in West London and Wisley, Surrey, making it the hottest Easter Monday since the recordings started in 1910. The previous record of 75F (24C) was set in Hampshire in 2011.
It comes after the hottest Easter Sunday ever for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Temperatures reached 74.1F (23.4C) in both Cardiff and Edinburgh on Sunday, while Helen's Bay in County Down reached 69.8F (21C).
In England, a high of 76.3F (24C) was recorded at London Heathrow on Easter Sunday – just withdrawn from the record of 77.5F (25.3C) achieved in 2011.
The pollen level is usually moderate nowadays, but high in parts of Scotland (left), while the UV index is also moderate (right)
Temperatures will be considerably cooler this Saturday (right) compared to last weekend's heatwave weather (left)
Emma Smith of the Met Office said: & # 39; The storms are coming off the continent on Wednesday morning and moving rapidly from south to north, reaching Scotland & # 39; in the evening.
The Met Office has issued a storm warning starting at 1 p.m.
& # 39; There will be very heavy rain with the risk of sudden flooding, but also thunder and lightning. The thunderstorms hit almost the entire country, and there will be sudden heavy showers.
& # 39; From Wednesday it will be much cooler and the temperatures will stay in the middle of the teenage years, which is about the average at this time of the year.
& # 39; By the end of the week it will be very restless, with a lot of wind and heavy showers. There can be 50 to 60 mph wind on the weekend, which can lead to a named storm. & # 39;
Millions of Britons left towns and cities to go to the coast during the Easter holidays. Approximately 750,000 vacationers visited Cornwall while 300,000 went to Brighton beach.
In the meantime, supermarkets saw a BBQ kick when people got the most out of the sun. Asda sold nearly 750,000 hamburgers and 350,000 sausages, and Sainsbury & # 39; s said the sale of ice lollies was broken.
The hottest Easter temperature in the UK was the 84.9F (29.4C) that was recorded in London on Easter Saturday in 1949.
The other hottest Easter weekend are the 80.4F (26.9C) recorded in London on Good Friday in 2011 – when the mercury also reached 77.5F (25.3C) on Easter Sunday and 75F (24C) on Easter Monday, both in the Solent.
A man goes swimming this morning in an almost deserted beach of Bournemouth while the weather changes
An abandoned Bournemouth pier in the rain today, as the Met Office warns of possible 60 mph gusts of wind leading to a named storm
Deckchairs are ready for use – but without buyers – on a deserted beach of Bournemouth in Dorset this morning
Sun loungers are stacked today in Bournemouth, while forecasters warn that the weather will remain restless until the weekend