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Weather: Northern Ireland records new ‘highest temperature’ after mercury hits 31.3C – as UK heatwave set to break up

Northern Ireland has recorded what is thought to be its highest-ever temperature – just days after breaking the previous mark.

But the heatwave that has baked the UK for several days is set to break up, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain this weekend.

Many parts of the country will be hoping it won’t be a repeat of the torrential drenching seen sporadically in the South East in the past fortnight, or the thunder and hail that hit parts of Kent yesterday.

The mercury hit 31.3C (88.34F) at Castlederg in County Tyrone on Wednesday afternoon.

This is just above the 31.2C (88.16F) that was reached in Ballywatticock last Saturday.

A Met Office tweet said: “Northern Ireland has for the second time in 5 days provisionally broken it’s all-time temperature record.

“Castlederg in County Tyrone recorded a temperature of 31.3C at 2.37pm this afternoon.

“This exceeds the 31.2C that Ballywatticock recorded last Saturday.”

The Met Office said: “A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued as the current heatwave for much of the UK breaks up into more unsettled weather over the weekend.

“The yellow warning for rain covers central and southern parts of England and Wales and will be in force from early on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

“Across the warning area, heavy thundery showers are expected to break out over the course of the weekend, especially on Sunday when these could be widespread and torrential in places.

“Whilst rainfall totals will vary considerably from places to place, up to 100mm of rain could build up in some locations with potential impacts including the chance of some flooding as well as poor travel conditions due to surface water. Lightning and hail are expected to be additional hazards.”

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