UK weather: Temperatures set to drop after last week’s record heatwave, Met Office says | UK News

After a record heat wave last week, temperatures will be much cooler this week, according to the Met Office’s five-day forecast.

Coningsby in Lincolnshire hit a record high of 40.3C (104.5F) on Tuesday, the first time the UK has exceeded 40C (104F) ever.

The sweltering temperatures have not only caused massive disruption to the transport network, but have also been linked to fires in parts of England.

London firefighters said Tuesday was their busiest day since World War II, with the fire in Wenningtoneast of London causing extensive damage to homes.

Sunday will be largely unsettled in many parts of the country and it will be warm in the south east, with heavy rain expected in northern Scotland.

However, warm conditions will continue in some areas with highs of 30C (86F) forecast in Norwich for later on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a yellow rain warning is in place for Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland until 9pm on Sunday, with experts predicting possible flooding.

On Monday, the Met Office said it would be windy and changeable with a mix of clouds, bright or sunny spells, with rain in Scotland and northern England.

Although it is set for much of the week, there will be isolated showers each day and temperatures will be average for this time of year.

Looking ahead to next weekend, there are signs it could be hot and stormy.

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It wasn’t just the UK that faced unprecedented temperatures last week – Portugal, France and Spain also suffered from scorching heat and wildfires.

The fire season hit parts of Europe earlier than usual this year after an unusually dry hot spring left the ground parched, which authorities blamed on climate change.

A popular resort on the Greek island of Lesbos was also engulfed in flames on Saturday, after a fire broke out in the island’s forests, prompting mass evacuations, while Athens firefighters also dealt with huge blazes.