UK storms mapped: Where lightning is set to strike Britain TONIGHT as extreme weather hits

It comes after the country was scorched by extreme heat over the past few days, with temperatures exceeding 40C degrees in several areas across the country, breaking the highest temperature records.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst explained this breakdown in weather conditions is expected after such severe, unusual temperatures.

He told Express.co.uk: “After the exceptionally high temperatures across the UK through the past few days, we are now seeing a change to some cooler air.

“As that cooler air starts moving in it can interact with a lot of energy in the atmosphere and we can see a bit of interaction with the residual heat.

“It was still 30C degrees across the east and southeast of England this afternoon, so it is still hot in a few places, and therefore we are seeing some heavy showers develop as the hot trend moves away.”

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