Thunderstorms begin in the UK after heatwave

Thunderstorms have started to hit the UK as a spell of extreme hot weather draws to a close.

There is a risk of torrential downpours, causing travel disruption and some flooding, the Met Office says.

Three days of alerts have been issued for most areas, ending on Wednesday.

Temperatures topped 34C in parts of the UK at the weekend. Experts say a lengthy period of rain is needed to end the drought declared in parts of England on Friday.

These areas include Devon and Cornwall, Kent and south London, East Anglia and the East Midlands.

Heavy rain is unlikely to ease the drought because rainwater struggles to permeate dry ground, meaning it will run off the dehydrated surface and lead to flash flooding in some areas, the Met Office said.

A Tesco supermarket and Vue cinema in Inverness have been closed after their roofs collapsed following an intense downpour at Inshes Retail Park on Monday morning.

Warm temperatures are still projected across England, with highs of 29C forecast for…

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