Thunderstorm warning but temperatures still set to soar to 36C

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As the heatwave is set to continue in the United Kingdom...

After weeks without rain, torrential downpours are forecast to hit parts of the United Kingdom, with as much as 30mm expected to fall in just an hour.

The Met Office is advising people to stay out of the sun and keep drinking fluids.

The Met Office is warning of the possibility of torrential downpours, strong winds and thunderstorms for Derbyshire on Friday.

Monday was the hottest day of 2018 so far, with the Met Office recording 33.3C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, and temperatures overnight breaking 24C in some areas.

An amber "heat health watch" warning remains in place for parts of England, with people being warned to try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Whilst many places are likely to remain dry, there is the potential for thunderstorms to develop during Friday afternoon, lasting well into the evening".

Temperatures will be very warm or hot, locally very hot in the east.

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Mr Burkill also said that temperatures above 34C "can't be ruled out".

A spokesman said: "It's the driest first half of the summer since 1961".

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "The heatwave conditions will continue across much of England, with temperatures into the mid to high-30s Celsius in many places from the Midlands eastwards on Thursday and Friday and it's possible that we could break the all-time United Kingdom record of 38.5 C if conditions all come together".

There is now a 90% chance of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England.

The Met Office has issued a Heat-Health Watch warning ahead of the scorching hot temperatures, which will see temperatures averaging 30C on weekdays.

The hottest July day on record is 36.7C (98F), which was reached at Heathrow on July 1 2015.

The longest dry spell this year is Brooms Barn, near Bury St Edmunds, where there hasn't been a drop of rain for 45 days.

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