Published on : Thursday, May 3, 2018
The blast of sunny weather will be all the more welcome after torrential rain and high winds worn out some parts of the country.
One man died after being washed into a harbour in Ramsgate, Kent, along with two other people as conditions the RNLI described as “atrocious” hit the south east.
The fallen trees blocked roads in Kent, East Anglia and parts of London, while rising flood water left some drivers needing to be rescued from their vehicles by emergency services.
In some areas, the huge torrential rainfall happened within 24 hours, with the largest amount, 57mm, being recorded in Lenham, Kent.
The yellow weather warnings were also put in place across parts of England, with gusts of 54mph seen in Langdon Bay, Kent, and 48mph in Donna Nook, Lincolnshire.
The temperatures hovered between 2C and 4C overnight on Tuesday, but the frigid weather looks set to transform in time to drench the UK in bank holiday sunshine by the weekend.
The Grahame Madge, from the Met Office, said weekend temperatures are likely to rise above May averages, but it was difficult to predict exactly how hot it would get.
The temperature had soared high 27.9C in Wilsey, Surrey, on April 19th, beating the previous record of 27.8C from 2001, while the London Marathon later that week was the hottest on record.
The heatwave meant Britain was warmer than a host of usually temperate locations, including Athens, Ibiza and Kingston, Jamaica.