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02/07/2018 11:54 BST | Updated 02/07/2018 12:38 BST

UK Weather Forecast: Thunderstorms Possible As UK Enjoys Hot Spell

Ladbrokes has the UK at 4/6 to see 35C during the week.

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Parts of England could be hit by thunderstorms and heavy rain later today; a lightning strike over the capital is seen above in May 2018

Parts of England could be lashed by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall today as most of the UK enjoys more sunshine and highs of 30C.

Parts of Devon and Cornwall could see “a few heavy showers bubbling up” on Monday afternoon with the chance of “torrential downpours”, Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said.

Elsewhere, temperatures are widely into the mid-20s, with a maximum of around 30C possible in southern areas, meaning tennis lovers should see plenty of action as the Wimbledon championships begin.

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The hottest July 1 on record was 36.7C in Heathrow, London in 2015

The Met Office issued its first weather warning for thunderstorms on Sunday after heavy downpours hit parts of southern England, but no warnings were in place on Monday.

Mitchell said: “There’s a lot of sunshine on offer, a bright and warm start to the day.

“Perhaps one or two showers affecting some central areas and stretching down towards the South East as well but they are very isolated.

“Later into the afternoon though towards Devon and Cornwall we will start to see a few heavy showers bubbling up. Some of these could be thundery and locally some torrential downpours too.

“But otherwise it’s a dry day on the cards, a little bit more in the way of cloud for the North East.”

Any showers in the South West are expected to clear out by the evening, she added.

Ladbrokes has the UK at 4/6 to see 35C (95F) during the week.

For the rest of the week, Mitchell added: “High pressure is largely in charge, we’ll see a lot more in the way of dry weather.

“Strong sunshine does mean temperatures will regularly get into the mid-to-high 20s for quite a few spots across the UK.

“This does mean though there is a risk of thundery showers still, they’ll be very hit-and-miss I think most places this week will stay largely dry.”

Meanwhile, Wimbledon’s head groundsman Neil Stubley has denied the grass is longer at the All England Club this year and is confident the courts can handle the heat, after Rafael Nadal said he thought the grass was longer than in previous years.

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Rafael Nadal, seen above practising ahead of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships, has raised questions about the length of the grass on the courts

Stubley, the head of courts and horticulture, said: “Still 8mm, that’s the height we’ve played for many years now and it’s exactly the same this year.”

Last year the state of the courts during a hot first week of play was criticised by a number of players, with France’s Kristina Mladenovic branding them dangerous.