BBC Weather: UK set for cooler conditions and cloud

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As sun worshippers packed beaches across Britain, the weather forecasters warned the heatwave was set to end with a bang for some. Overnight thunderstorms were predicted for the West, Wales and the Midlands. However, the threat of fierce thunder and lightning was short-lived. After a brief and partial cooling-off period, most parts of the UK should be back into the 70Fs by the weekend.

The Met Office’s Greg Dewhurst said: “While the heat may have peaked, temperatures will remain above average for the rest of the week.”

Yesterday, a sizzling 83F (28.3C) was recorded in Northolt, west London, to make it officially the third day in a row that temperatures soared to their highest in 2021.

It was four degrees higher than the day before – when Welsh capital Cardiff notched up 79F (26.1C).

That followed a baking Bank Holiday Monday, when 77.1F was recorded at Kinlochewe, Scotland. 

It was also the seventh day in a row that maximum temperatures were above 70F somewhere in the UK.

Many coped by heading for water – it seemed the only way in Essex. Beaches and proms were packed in Southend and Walton-on-the-Naze.

On Merseyside’s Formby beach, youngsters kept cool with ice cream and up in Durham, people queued for rowing boats on the River Wear.

While temperatures will fall in all parts to the mid-60Fs today and tomorrow, they will be back up to 73F with a day full of sunshine on Saturday and around 72F with some cloud on Sunday.

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