THUNDERSTORMS and lightning hit the UK overnight – bringing the record-breaking August Bank Holiday heatwave to a miserable end.
The Met Office warned we could be in for more heavy rain over the next three days in stark contrast to the scorching weekend.
Forecasters say there could be travel chaos and flooding amid reports that nearly a month’s worth of rain fell overnight in some eastern areas.
Tuesday saw the third day in a row of sunshine and sweltering temperatures of more than 33C in in southeast England.
But elsewhere it turned fresher, and thunderstorms developed in the east of the country through the evening.
Dramatic photos show forks of lightning striking near the Humber Bridge in Yorkshire last night.
The thunderstorms mark an end to the heatwave which saw records smashed for Bank Holiday weather.
A high of 33.2C at Heathrow Airport made it the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday on record.
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During Monday’s record-breaking temperatures, Bala in Snowdonia National Park was the warmest place in Wales, with a top temperature of 25.5C.
Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, reached 25C and Helen’s Bay in Northern Ireland saw the mercury rise to 21.9C.
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The previous best August Bank Holiday temperatures before this weekend were 31.5C at Heathrow in 2001, 27.3C in Velindre, Powys, in Wales, and 27C in Knockareven, Co Fermanagh, both in 2003, and 26.7C in Aviemore, Scotland, in 1984.
Today we are expected to see more rain as a cold front moves east from western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The north-west is due for a significant amount of rain.
The south-east is also expected to be significantly cooler as clouds sweep in.
The top temperature today is expected to be around 24C, significantly down on the temperatures in the past few days.
It will be more of the same for Thursday and Friday with western Scotland and Northern Ireland bracing for rain and winds.
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