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In Pictures: Nice while it lasted – heatwave gives way to torrential rain

At least it gave people the chance to cool off…

The heatwave basking Britain in record temperatures came to an abrupt end on Friday, with the sunshine giving way to torrential downpours.

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The rain failed to dampen the spirits of these new Met Police recruits when the weather turned during their passing-out parade in north London (John Stillwell/PA)
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Rain also took the shine off day two of the Specsavers Second Test match at Lord’s (Adam Davy/PA)
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Umbrellas galore at Lord’s (Adam Davy/PA)
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Caught in the rain on London’s Victoria Street (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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These girls didn’t seem to mind (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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Tourists and shoppers seemed less impressed in Westminster (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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No umbrella handy? Then improvise… (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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These visitors will stay nice and dry (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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You can stand under my umbrella – potential Rihanna fans in the background (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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