Heavy rain in the north west has left people stranded, blocked roads and rail lines, and caused damage to properties. Thundery downpours have also caused flooding and transport problems across parts of western Scotland.
Many parts of England and Wales will see BBQ weather this weekend, as temperatures soar into the mid-to-high 20s and even low 30s in some central and southeastern parts. The warm, humid air from the tropical Atlantic will bring glorious weather over the weekend and possibly into next week.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-30°C's next week and while this is very hot weather for the UK, it's not technically a heatwave as theWeather Club explains.
Here in the UK, there is no official definition of a 'heatwave'. Instead, the definition comes from the World Meteorological Organisation who define a heatwave as "when the daily maximum temperature exceeds the average by 5°C for more than five consecutive days."
Photo: Water shortages caused fields to dry up, siginificantly reducing yields that year.Source: Deposit Photos
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 drought; the driest 16-month period in over 200 years across the UK and one of the most severe droughts on record.