UK weather forecast: THUNDERSTORMS to blitz Britain as heatwave comes to ABRUPT end

Britons have been enjoying glorious conditions over the Bank Holiday Weekend, as hundreds of thousands of people pack out parks and beaches across the UK. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have seen the hottest Easter Sunday on record, with a chance England could still follow suit. But temperatures are expected to dwindle from Tuesday onwards, with hail and thunder expected. Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Easter Monday could well break its temperature record, with beautiful sunny conditions for most.

“27C is possible on Monday and potential for 28C on Tuesday.

“It’s a nice change to be talking about good weather and not rain for a Bank Holiday.

“But thundery showers are expected from Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday in the South and Midlands, with the end of the warmest temperatures with 23C on Wednesday.”

The Met Office said: “Tuesday will be mostly dry and warm, however, showers are possible in the southwest later.

“Wednesday and Thursday will be cooler, with showers and the risk of hail and thunder.”

Today’s scorcher comes after yesterday saw the mercury reach its highest point of the year, hitting a scorching 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire.

The hot weather is believed to have started a huge fire on Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire on Saturday evening.

Fire crews from across Yorkshire scrambled to the blaze which spread across 50 acres of moorland.

They used beaters, leaf blowers and portable pumps in an attempt to extinguish the fire.

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on the hottest ever Easter weekend temperature being recorded this Bank Holiday weekend to just 5-4 (from 2-1).

The current record stands at 29.4C, set back in 1949 in North London.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We’ve had plenty of brilliant weather this weekend already and the sun shows no sign of relenting.

“Monday could be particularly warm and there’s every chance now of it toppling the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded over an Easter weekend.”

Coral has also cut the odds on this summer going down as the hottest on record, now making it just evens (from 6-4).

It is now 11-8 that 2019 also brings the warmest ever UK temperature with the current hottest standing at 38.5C.

Mr Aitkenhead added: “This belting weather is getting everybody excited for summer and we think one of the hottest ever is on the way. We’ve slashed the odds on the warmest summer since records began and also on the hottest temperature ever being recorded.

“It’s going to be one to remember.”

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