Met Office issues first ever thunderstorm warning

Britain is set to bask in another day of sunshine today as the country enjoys its longest heatwave since 1976. 

But it comes at a price with warnings of up two inches of rain could fall within an hour later today.

The glorious weather as unintentionally sparked a wine boom at the nation's vineyards, with wine makers in Surrey and Exeter revelling in the unusually warm month of June.  

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for thunderstorms - the first such advisory since the service was introduced.

Forecasters said storms may develop and bring torrential rain, hail and lightning to places in south-west England and Wales on Sunday.

The yellow warning runs from 6am to 10pm, while the heatwave is set to continue for the rest of the weekend.

Temperatures reached a high of 29.5C (85F) on Saturday and the Met Office said there were no reports of rain, while Otterbourne in Hampshire was the UK hotspot.

Pictured: A packed-out Bournemouth beach on Saturday afternoon as s afternoon as thousands descended on the coast to sit in the heat by the pier

Pictured: A packed-out Bournemouth beach on Saturday afternoon as s afternoon as thousands descended on the coast to sit in the heat by the pier

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The heatwave has sparked a boom in wine production at the nation's vineyards. Pictured: Denbies Vineyard in Surrey 

Pictured: Grass was parched on the clifftops at Durley Chine beach in Dorset last week

Pictured: Grass was parched on the clifftops at Durley Chine beach in Dorset last week

Engine Pool fishing lake in Earlswood, Worcestershire is abnormally low due to the hot weather as Northern Ireland receives the UK's first hosepipe ban in six years 

Engine Pool fishing lake in Earlswood, Worcestershire is abnormally low due to the hot weather as Northern Ireland receives the UK's first hosepipe ban in six years 

An aerial image of a vibrant Hyde Park in 2005

An aerial image of Hyde Park on Thursday shows the grass looking completely dried out

An aerial image of a vibrant Hyde Park in 2005 (left) and a photo from Thursday showing the grass looking completely dried out (right)

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