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UK weather: Homes, businesses and lives at risk as severe thunderstorms set to hit

The heatwave currently sweeping the UK is due to continue towards the end of next week, as the country’s beaches brace themselves for another wave of day-trippers.

Temperatures are expected to hit over 30 degrees over the weekend and well into next week, particularly in the South, according to the Met Office.

Yesterday Heathrow and Kew Gardens reached a high of 36.4 degrees – making it the hottest day in August since 2003, and the fifth hottest on record.

In Bournemouth, visitors were said to have arrived at the beach as early as 3am to bag the best spots.

As many as 70 coastguard callouts were made before midday as thousands headed to the coast to make the most of Britain’s beaches.

This included 14,000 people packed on the sandy beach at Perranporth in Cornwall where 15 rescues launched were launched.

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