BRITAIN is braced for four days of thunderstorms next week – with lightning strikes and floods set to batter the country.
Homes and businesses could be damaged by heavy rainfall and strong winds and there is a small chance of danger to life, forecasters have warned.
The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings across the UK between Monday and Thursday – after a heatwave sent temperatures soaring this weekend.
The warnings apply to the whole of the UK between Monday and Wednesday, while England and Wales are also thought to be at risk on Thursday.
The warning states: "Some places are likely to see severe thunderstorms early next week – but there is significant uncertainty in location and timing."
According to the Met Office, the warnings mean: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes and large hail.
"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
"There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life."
Dan Harris, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said some places are likely to be hit with up to 80mm of rain in just a few hours.
He said that "the ingredients are there" for them to strike, but "it's just too early to pinpoint the details of exactly where and when thunderstorms will occur".
It comes brings an end to four days of scorching sunshine as Brits packed beaches up and down the country this weekend.
Early-rising sunseekers raced to the coast to bask in the 32C heat – sparking traffic gridlock on the third day of the UK's heatwave.
Beach-goers packed onto coastal roads with gridlock queues of more than two miles at Bournemouth and Camber Sands seeing car parks full by midday.
On Saturday afternoon, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's beach check app showed 18 of its beaches on red alert, warning people to avoid the areas because safe social distancing was not possible.
And further west in Dorset, police turned furious drivers away from Durdle Door as roads in Lulworth shut because of the volume of visitors.
Friday was the hottest August day for 17 years, with the highest temperature recorded at 38.5C at Faversham in Kent on August 10, 2003.
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