Met Office warn of lightning hailstorms despite mini-heatwave and 21C scorcher

The UK is set to be battered by lightning and hail this week despite a mini-heatwave bringing 21C temperatures, according to the Met Office.

The national weather agency has predicted a "lively" outlook, with Brits experiencing a range of different conditions.

Unfortunately, those conditions aren't expected to get any better as the week progresses.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "There will be hail and thunder, and they will be quite lively things.

"Where we get sunny spells, it will feel quite warm and there will be a noticeable difference in the east.

"As warmth from the southwest makes its way towards the UK… we could get 21C towards the south and the southeast."

He went on to say that things will be damp tomorrow as a band of rain "makes its way from the northwest to the southeast".

The rain is expected to last for at least "a few hours".

Luckily, the unsettled conditions shouldn't last throughout the whole month with bookmakers slashing odds on this being the warmest May ever.

Coral are now offering 3-1 from 5-1 and Ladbrokes 6-4 from 2-1.

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Coral spokesperson Harry Aitkenhead told the Express: "There is every chance that this month now will enter the record books as the warmest May we have ever had, with temperatures to soar above 20 degrees towards next weekend and the UK to be warmer than Ibiza."

Ladbrokes' Alex Apati said: "Temperatures are set to soar in the coming days, and the latest odds suggest this could go down as a record-breaking hot May as a result."

The Met Office has also teased a "very warm" next week with temperatures set to smash their yearly average.

In their long range forecast spanning from Sunday (May 8) to Tuesday (May 17), they write: "Temperatures are likely to rise above average through the first few days, except nearer to the coast and perhaps in the far north, which may see slightly cooler conditions and it is expected to become warm, perhaps very warm, later by the weekend."

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