Brits have flocked to parks and beaches throughout the UK on the ‘hottest day of the year’ just before ‘danger to life’ thunderstorms are set to ensue later today.

The Met Office has issued three yellow thunderstorm warnings for the majority of Wales, parts of southwest and northwest England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

But despite the weather warnings, Britons have headed outdoors to bathe in temperature highs of 27C (80.6F) before the blissful weather is brought to a thundering halt.

Although the Sun may still be shining in some parts of the UK, thunderstorms are due to arrive in the afternoon after a warm and humid morning.

Thunderstorms are predicted to batter parts of Wales and England between 12pm and 10pm today.

DORSET:  People enjoying the sunny weather on Bournemouth Beach this morning

DORSET:  People enjoying the sunny weather on Bournemouth Beach this morning

DORSET:  A swimmer diving off the Cobb harbour wall in to the sea while enjoying the scorching hot spring sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis

DORSET:  A swimmer diving off the Cobb harbour wall in to the sea while enjoying the scorching hot spring sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis

Thunderstorms are predicted to hit the majority of majority of Wales, parts of southwest and northwest England, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Thunderstorms are predicted to hit the majority of majority of Wales, parts of southwest and northwest England, Northern Ireland and Scotland 

The second downpour is expected to rain down on western Northern Ireland between 11m and 7pm, whilst parts of Scotland will be hit between 2pm until 4am the next day.

Although the hottest temperatures of the year were recorded on Sunday, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge, predicts today will be even hotter.

He added: ‘The difference [on Sunday] is that it is not likely to be as warm for Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland.

‘The really warm air will probably be confined to southern and eastern parts of England, with temperatures expected to peak in central parts of the country at around 27C.’

Noting that yellow thunderstorm warnings has been issued in several parts of the UK, Mr Partridge said more significant rainfall is expected. 

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People in areas with a yellow warning should expect some disruption, especially to travel.

Spray and sudden flooding could cause difficult driving conditions and an increased likelihood of power cuts, the Met Office reports.

This comes shortly after temperatures peaked at 25.9C in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, whilst Cassley, northern Scotland recorded a blistering temperature of 25.7C on Saturday.

LONDON:  A woman relaxing with headphones in the spring sunshine on Wimbledon Common today

LONDON:  A woman relaxing with headphones in the spring sunshine on Wimbledon Common today

DORSET: A woman relaxing in the shade of a bright orange umbrella in the blistering spring sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis

DORSET: A woman relaxing in the shade of a bright orange umbrella in the blistering spring sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis

DORSET: Hundreds of beach-goers enjoying the warm weather on Bournemouth beach today

DORSET: Hundreds of beach-goers enjoying the warm weather on Bournemouth beach today

Gogerddan in Wales saw temperatures of 25.1C, whilst the heat in Northern Ireland hit highs of 23.8C in Magilligan.

Temperatures climbed steadily over the week, as temperatures shot up to 24.6C in St James’s Park, London, as thousands delighted in the warm sunshine on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of Brits also reported seeing the Northern Lights from their windows on Friday night thanks to a severe geomagnetic storm that threatens to disrupt the world’s power grids.

Pictures shared on social media showed large swathes of the country draped in a spectacular light display known as an aurora.

Amazing shades of green and purple were captured in the skies above the UK including in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Tyne and Wear, Essex, Berkshire and Kent.

Scientists previously raised concerns that the geomagnetic storm – the first to strike Earth in almost 20 years – has the power to disrupt power grids, mobile networks and GPS satellites.

On Friday Deputy Chief Meteorologist Tony Wisson said: ‘Many places will start fine and warm on Sunday, though it is likely to become cloudier from the west or southwest during the day.

‘This will be accompanied by scattered showers, which could be heavy with thunder.

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‘On Monday we’re likely to see more widespread and longer-lived spells of rain, some of which will be heavy and thundery.

MERSEYSIDE: A dog plays with a ball on New Brighton Beach on the Wirral on Sunday

MERSEYSIDE: A dog plays with a ball on New Brighton Beach on the Wirral on Sunday

MERSEYSIDE: Two women walking their dogs on a beach in Wirral on May 12

MERSEYSIDE: Lifeguards set up New Brighton Beach this morning

MERSEYSIDE: Lifeguards set up New Brighton Beach this morning 

‘This will also lead to a much cooler feel to the day.’

The warm weather brings an increase in UV levels.

Weather conditions are expected to return to a more unsettled pattern heading into next week.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said: ‘Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out on Sunday morning, most likely across southwest England and Wales, but possibly also across western Northern Ireland too. 

‘They’ll track steadily north through the afternoon whilst probably growing into larger clumps of rain before clearing Scotland overnight.

‘Some intense downpours are possible in a few places, giving up to 30mm in less than hour and perhaps 40-50mm over two to three hours. Hail, frequent lightning strikes and strong wind gusts will be additional localised hazards.’

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