UK weather: Rain warnings in force ALL WEEKEND after record-smashing heat

On Thursday, temperatures hit 38.1C (100.6F) in Cambridge beating the previous record of 36.7C (98.1F) set in Heathrow four years ago. The temperature was just under the record for the hottest day ever recorded for the UK of 38.5C (101.3F) set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003. The heat caused widespread travel disruptions with trains and flights cancelled.

On the back of the intense heatwave, a cooler spell will bring reprieve for many.

However, the UK could see some heavy rainfall along with the cooler temperatures, with the issuing a yellow alert for rain on Saturday and Sunday.

The warning advises that “heavy rainfall may lead to flooding in a few places and travel disruption.”

The agency warned of “a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing dangerous conditions”.

The yellow warning, which is in place from Saturday at 9am and expires on Sunday at 3pm.

A large patch of the UK is likely to see this heavy rainfall, with the warning encompassing much of the British Isles.

The Met Office said: “While some places within the warning area may see very little others could see several hours of heavy rain.”

The statement added that accumulations of up to two inches (40 to 60mm) are possible, with as much as four inches (80 to 100mm) possible in higher regions.

BBC Weather forecaster Simon King said: “Friday is the day where the heatwave will break down.

“Fresher conditions coming in from the west will change where the wind is coming from.

“With that southwesterly wind, temperatures will come down.”

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said the weekend’s weather will be “hit and miss” due to a band of rain moving in from the South West.

He said: “That will still be clearing eastwards through Saturday morning, particularly along the East coast.

“In its wake there will be periods of brightness but there is a mixture of heavy, potentially thundery showers as well.

He added: “In the sunshine it could feel quite pleasant, with temperatures potentially up to 24C (75.2F).

“But there are those heavy, potentially thundery showers across the UK that people may see.”

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