UK braced for hottest day of year as 27C scorcher ‘only hours away’

The UK is braced to enjoy its hottest day of the year as the mercury jumps once again within hours, weather forecasters have claimed.

Temperatures could reach highs of 27C in London and 24C in the north of England later today (May 17), according to the Met Office, easily beating 2022's current record of 23.6C recorded in Faversham, Kent on May 6.

But the national forecaster also warned that the same weather front would also bring widespread rain in the evening, with these even turning to storms in some areas.

Met Office forecaster Richard Miles told the Daily Mirror: "Today will be dry, fine and warm, particularly in the south east which will be very warm, but in the coming week it will be sunny spells and heavy showers.

"Everyone will see a shower. It's looking like more stable conditions are coming by the weekend as we start to see high pressure build again.

"We'll also see more average temperatures [around 16°C] by the weekend."

Meteorologist Jo Farrow from Netweather meanwhile warned that flooding could even strike across the UK today, writing in her latest blog post: "A band of cloud and damp weather will be over Wales, the Irish Sea and Northern Ireland to start Tuesday with heavier rain developing near to SW Britain."

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"This is a cold front with less humid air following but still anywhere seeing sunshine could feel warm. However this front will develop during the day with the heat ahead of it and there will be torrential rain in places by the end of Tuesday."

"This brings the risk of localised flooding and will need watching as it has been so dry for some parts of England."

Five hours of stunning lightning storms could be seen over the English Channel at the weekend, with one observer in Dorset describing it as "biggest storm in years".

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