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Parts of Leicestershire and Rutland are due to be hit by thunderstorms this afternoon and a warning has been issued.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for thunderstorms which are set to ruin today’s blistering heat.
The temperature is expected to reach 34C making the county hotter than Ibiza where the mercury is predicted to top off at 32C.
But in the more easterly parts of the county such as Melton and Market Harborough and over in Rutland the heat is due to give way to storms from 4pm onwards.
The warning about the storms, which might see travel disruption and damage to buildings, lasts up until midnight.
A Met Office spokesman said: “ There will probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes and some short term loss of power and other services is likely.
“Delays to train services are possible and there may be some flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.
“There is a small chance that driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.”
The Met Office says it expects Friday to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures even nudging into 35C (95F) in Greater London.
Popular tourist spots on the continent including Ibiza, Lisbon and Berlin fall short of the UK high, reaching 33C (91.4F), 30C (86F) and 25C (77F) respectively.
But the good weather is expected to be short-lived and will not extend into the three-day “heatwave territory”.
“We’ve not seen a temperature anywhere above 30 so far or even with a three in it, that is quite unusual for July,” a Met Office spokesman said.
“In terms of shifting the overall weather stats for the month, it’s not going to do much to the average.”
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