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  • 18 July 2014, 15:38

Weather: Britain Burns On Hottest Day

Heavy rainfall is expected to cool temperatures tonight after another scorching day saw some parts of Britain reach 31C.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain across England and eastern Wales, with the wet weather expected to continue into Saturday.

There are also warnings of flash flooding for some areas overnight.

"Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards during Saturday," the Met Office said.

"Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses.

"The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption from any of these elements."

The temperature rose to 31C at London City Airport by 1pm today, beating Thursday's high of 29.2C.

The hot and humid conditions across the country follow overnight storms that saw heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Forecasters predict tonight's rainfall is likely to be even heavier than those experienced late on Thursday night.

The hot, humid conditions have brought health warnings from Public Health England (PHE).

It urged people to drink plenty of fluids, keep out of the sun while it is at its hottest, and to wear at least factor 15 sun cream for skin protection.

It has also called for people to look out for children and the elderly, who are most at risk.

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