THUNDERSTORMS and floods are set to batter parts of the UK today in a miserable start to the school holidays.
The Met Office has issued a “severe” Yellow warning for thunder in Scotland and Northern Ireland, saying the deluge could spark travel chaos.
Rain will continue to batter Scotland for the following three days, with severe warnings in place from Sunday to Tuesday.
But the outlook is not so dreary for the rest of the country, with forecasters predicting a mini heatwave next week that could see highs of 34C.
After an unsettled weekend of showers and thunderstorms, temperatures are set to rise from Monday.
If temperatures stay high in the same spots for three consecutive days, the Met Office deems it a heatwave.
But before the sunshine, the UK is facing a wet weekend.
Saturday will be a mix of sunshine and showers, with a band of rain pushing from west to east over the course of the day.
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Heavy showers and thunderstorms will pound Scotland and Northern Ireland, potentially sparking localised flooding.
The Met Office warned flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible and said there may be some damage from lightning strikes.
“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus,” a spokesman said.
It will stay warm in the rest of the country, however, with temperatures sitting between 25C and 26C.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "Sunday will be a little bit drier with a few showers here and there and temperatures again reaching 25C (77F) to 26C (78.8F).
"Across Northern Ireland and western Scotland it's going to be wet and windy later."
He continued: "Monday will be wet and windy across northwestern parts of the UK, elsewhere there will be one or two showers but temperatures will be rising – we're looking at highs of 29C (84.2).
"On Tuesday the rain and strong winds in the North West will have eased and it will turn drier, elsewhere there should be lots of sunshine with highs of 33C (91.4F) or higher."
London and the South East have the greatest chance of getting to 33C (91.4F), he said.
Wednesday could reach 34C (93.2F) in the East and South East – equalling this year's record high which was set at Heathrow and Northolt on June 29.
The hottest July day on record is 36.7C (98F) – a record which looks unlikely to be beaten next week.
Mr Burkill said: "There's a risk of some thundery showers developing through the rest of the week, there's a bit of uncertainty.
"We could see some wet weather coming in from the west so things could turn a bit fresher, or the hot and sunny weather could continue.
"But it doesn't look like temperatures will get much hotter than 34C (93.2F)."
He added: "The hot weather could last through much of the next week and into next weekend or it could break down much earlier – there's a lot to play for."
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