A historic heatwave has seen temperatures exceed 34C for the sixth day in a row for the first time since 1961.
The high temperatures have lasted well into the evening, creating “tropical nights” which are uncomfortable for many as temperatures do not fall below 20C as we sleep.
But in other parts of the country, heavy rainfall has already caused some flooding in Lancashire, where 10 properties were affected on Tuesday.
The Environment Agency said rainfall caused the Burrow Beck waterway in Scotforth, south Lancaster, to rise by nearly a metre in less than three hours.
Further heavy showers could cause more flooding in “mostly urban areas” of England until Friday, said the agency. Yellow thunderstorm warnings issued by the Met Office remain in place for all of England and the eastern half of Scotland.
A more serious amber warning was issued across much of England, Wales and parts of Scotland, which resulted in flash flooding amid warnings of possible building damage from lightning strikes and hailstones.
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