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Temperatures drop after hot spell

There is set to be a fresher feel in the air over the weekend for Britons who have basked in the hottest temperature of the year.

Thermometers hit 26.7C in Frittenden in Kent recorded 26.7C on yesterday, beating the previous 2015 high at nearby Faversham on April 15.

They are set to drop to about about 16-20C in the south and around 12-16C in the north.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: "It will be a fresher feel for the day but it will be OK if you can get out in the sunshine."

Regions to the south of Liverpool and the Humber are set to have "the best of the sunshine", he said and it should be a "pleasantly warm and sunny" weekend.

The Met Office said people should expect it to be cool and blustery across Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, with a mix of sunshine and showers while it will be dry, warm and breezy with a good deal of sunshine further south.

The warm air that swept over the South East also brought violent storms.

The Met Office confirmed it has recorded 4,900 lightning strikes and heavy downpours in some areas.

A repeat of such dramatic scenes is unlikely but there may be odd rumble of thunder and showers over Scotland, according to the Met Office.

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