UK weather – Britain hits scorching 34C for sixth day in a row for first time in 60 YEARS

BRITAIN hit a scorching 34C for the sixth day running today, the first time the milestone has been met in 60 years.

The Met Office said temperatures reached 34.6C in central London today – marking the first time since at least 1961 that there had been six consecutive days of 34C and above.

Temperatures were expected to hit 36C in the south east today, along with highs of 32C in Norwich and 30C in South Wales.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box told the Sun Online: "This is perhaps the final day of this particular run. Tomorrow will still be hot in the south east but temperatures are less likely to be above 34C.

Today is probably the last day of that. It's not out of the question though, temperatures might get to around 32C."

Beachgoers in Lyme Regis took to the sea to cool down, while Londoners paddled down the Thames on their stand up paddle boards.

And the scorching heat is set to continue through the week.

Forecasters at the Met Office said: "The hot weather will continue as we head towards the end of the week, with heatwave conditions persisting for many in the southern half of the UK.

"Temperatures today are expected to reach as 35C or 36C in parts of southern and central England, 34C on Thursday, before dipping slightly to the mid to high 20’sC for Friday and the weekend."

It comes after thunder and lightning hit South Wales, Manchester, Herefordshire, Cumbria and Lancashire overnight.

This morning, cars in Perth and Aberdeen were submerged in Water and a major incident was declared in Fife as flash floods hit.

But the Met Office warned the extreme conditions won’t do enough to bring temperatures down – expecting today's weather to be hotter than Cairo (32C).

Met Office Meteorologist John Griffiths warms the heatwave – which is unusually long running in comparison to what the UK normally experiences – is here to stay.

The daily high temperature comes with a thunderstorm warning – although the Met Office say the rainfall has been sparse and does little to lower the temperatures.

Mr Griffiths explains that the short storms seen today add to the already humid weather, and that Brits should brave for another “uncomfortable night of sleeping” in sticky, 20C temperatures.

However away from these short rainy spells will be “plenty of hot sunshine.”

Tonight into Thursday will see more outbreaks of heavy, sporadic thunderstorms across southern Britain.

The heatwave is expected to continue again tomorrow, however moderator slightly with an expected temperature of 31C.

Friday will cool again further to around 27C.

The Met Office say the heatwave will be officially dropped by Saturday, with Brits enjoying some much cooler conditions over the weekend.

Villagers in Mid Sussex left without water for five days

Villagers have been left without water for five days during Britain’s hottest heat wave on record.

Around 300 homes in Mid Sussex have not had running water since August 7 due to low pressure caused by more people and businesses running their taps.

Specialist water tankers have had to be brought in, along with bottled water stations to help the desperate residents.

Six villages including Bolney, Bolnore Village, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Slaugham and Warninglid were affected by the outage with others in the area suffering from "intermittent supplies".

Neil Davies, who lives in Warninglid, West Sussex, said: "It is a ridiculous situation.

"Everyone in the village is calling up South East Water and is being given a different story."

"The water board is offering no timeline as to when the service might be restored. It is the second time in three years we have had this."

Steve Andrews, head of central operations at South East Water, apologised yesterday (Tues) for the problems and pledged to restore the service, urging residents to use water cautiously.

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But the start of the working week will see the temperatures climb back high, although it is too soon to say whether the heatwave category will again be achieved.

It comes as the UK experienced its hottest August day for 17 years last Friday, with the highest temperature recorded at 38.5C at Faversham in Kent.

Beaches across the coastline have been rammed all week, with scientists fearing it may be impossible for sun seekers to stick to social distancing guidelines.

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