Picture: Storm erupts over St Albans district in heatwave

The thunder and lightning storm over the M1 near Redbourn. Picture: Rob Ellingham

The thunder and lightning storm over the M1 near Redbourn. Picture: Rob Ellingham - Credit: Archant

Scorching summer weather gave way to a thunder and lightning storm over St Albans district overnight.

This photo was taken by Rob Ellingham over the M1 near Redbourn in the thick of the downpour.

Despite a seemingly crisper morning after the storm, Met Office forecasters are not predicting any break in the heatwave and temperatures are expected to rise to the late 20°Cs today.

Tomorrow, the Met Office experts believe it will reach 36°C by 4pm - although they say it will only feel like a marginally milder 35°C.

Over the next few days, the UK might beat its record temperature of 38.5°C from August 2003. The all-time July record of 36.7°C, from 2015, is also likely to be overturned.


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The NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group has issued safety advice in the sweltering weather, which includes using suncream, carrying water, and looking out for others - especially older people, young children and babies.

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