The UK is bracing itself for the second day of severe thunderstorms and showers today as a 27C heatwave is due to strike later this week.
Parts of the country are set to be hit with a gorgeous hot spell due to a tropical North African blast sweeping from the south.
Although the warm air will be creating higher temperatures, it is likely the sunny spells will be broken up with potentially heavy showers.
Thunder and lightning is forecasted until 10pm on Monday night, with a yellow warning in force for a large part of the country.
The warning runs from Northern Ireland to Oxford, as well as Manchester and the Midlands.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "During the early part of next week it’s possible to see low to mid 20s fairly widely, and high 20s around the South East if we get sunshine associated with this plume.
"However, as I mentioned, it does bring the threat of thundery outbreaks at the same time."
Netweather predict highs of 26C at around 4pm on Tuesday (May 17), meaning that it will be the hottest day of the year so far.
The previous hottest day of the year so far was April 15, when a hot 23.4C was recorded in St James's Park, London.
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Netweather also reckon that the mercury will hit 26C again on Wednesday, with humidity and wind conditions making it feel more like 29C in places.
In their long range outlook for the week, BBC weather say: "We expect high pressure to be centred across Scandinavia while deep low pressure moves across the central north Atlantic that will drive a series of fronts across the UK.
"By Tuesday the high centre could be across eastern Europe. This pattern should bring a warm, southerly airstream across the country with some windy conditions."
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