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Torrential rain and hail brings heatwave to an end in apocalyptic scenes

A balmy heatwave in the UK has been brought to a shuddering halt in parts of London when hailstones and torrential rain hit this afternoon.

The Met Office currently has most of Great Britain under yellow and amber weather warning for storms, but some people have already had their fill in the boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow, in the southwest of the city.

A dramatic video, recorded at around 5pm tonight, shows buckets of rain lashing the streets in Twickenham as people struggle to walk and drive through the downpour.

Trees are battered by the wind and rain and the person filming is heard gasping in shock as they marvel at the carnage.

The video was uploaded on twitter by Charlotte Hatfield and was re-tweeted more than 150 times, with more than 300 likes.

A viewer joked: "Pretty sure that's Kansas."

But many residents in southwest London were delighted by the freak weather, having endured working in the muggy heat for three consecutive days, and shared their joy on social media.

Sharing a video of the hail in their garden, one person tweeted: "I am so confused! I had to record it to check I wasn’t hallucinating from the heat!!"

Another said: "So grateful for the thunderstorm that’s clearing the air in SW London but I could do without the 45-degree hail that’s setting off car alarms #Isleworth #London."

Someone else tweeted: "Those of you who dealt with rain and hail in your section earlier, South West London thanks you for this coooooooool breeze we’re chillin’ in right now."

But many Londoners have yet to enjoy the refreshing change in humanity and urged on the storms.

One person tweeted: "Hailstones in London. come this way please."

A second said: "All these videos of rain and hail in London… WHERE??? I'm so jealousss our rain isn't forecast until 11pm."

The Met Office warned people to be "aware" in a statement on social media.

It said: "With those high temperatures comes the risk of severe #thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, becoming mainly focused across central and southern areas overnight. Warnings are in force."

The UK was hotter than Egypt today, with highs of 36C and humidity of 60%.

Today was the first time since records began that the UK has experienced six days over 34C in a row.

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