UK weather: Medley of extremes as heatwave and thunderstorm predicted

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Britain is set to experience a medley of extreme weather conditions over the coming days, with sizzling 31C heat, heavy showers and thunderstorms expected to hit the UK.

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The Met Office says that after bright, warm weather over the weekend, Monday and Tuesday are likely to be hot and humid in the south, with thunderstorms hitting the region and spreading north.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey told the Daily Star that temperatures will reach 28C over the weekend before peaking at 31C mid-week.

She said: "Tropical continental air will come up from the south over the next few days and it is going to turn warmer.

"The heat continues into Monday and we could see 31C in the south on Tuesday and Wednesday with 27C or 28C likely in Scotland and the north.

She added: "We expect a thundery breakdown on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, and it will start to turn fresher later in the week."

Meanwhile, The Weather Channel says warm air from Europe will meet Atlantic weather systems bringing violent thunderstorms.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, forecaster Dave Reynolds said: "Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid to upper 20Cs on Wednesday as south to southeasterly winds bring hotter air in from the near continent.

"Along with the heat will come moisture so, as pressure falls from the west, heavy showers and thunderstorms are then expected to develop."

Visit weather.aol.co.uk for your local forecast.

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It's time to soak up the sunshine on a summer holiday and this year, we're looking beyond the beaches of Ibiza and the tavernas of Crete. With the help of travel site momondo.co.uk we've rounded up the best destinations for an alternative holiday in July, August or September.

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About 3km north of mainland Noord-Holland, Texel is the largest of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands and a dune-smothered wonderland. White-sand beaches engulf a heart of wilderness reserves and forests, with the occasional village thrown in. With horse-riding, kite surfing and salt marsh hiking galore, it’s a fitness lover’s paradise, and there’s plenty to entertain the family. Head to Ecomare, where you can watch seals and porpoises being fed, then snap a picture with the vivid red lighthouse at the island’s far north.

Surrounded by mountains and nestled deep in an emerald valley, Medellin has long shaken off its Pablo Escobar days, growing into a vibrant, cosmopolitan jewel of a city. Brand new infrastructure, including a metro system, hillside gondolas, parks and museums speak to its rich cultural heart. Nicknamed the 'City of Everlasting Spring', it offers perfect weather year-round. El Poblado’s Parque Lleras, a park with a perimeter of bars and restaurants, is where you want to be in the evenings. Visit in August to check out the famed Feria de las Flores, the Flower Festival.
Duck across the Morbihan Gulf to an island paradise measuring just a few kilometres in all directions – and home to just a few hundred people. Tranquil, low-key and picturesque, Brittany's Ile-aux-Moines is perfect for a lazy day or two away from it all. Tiny white traditional houses and vanishingly small bars and boutiques line the narrow alleyways of the built-up area around the port. As you head further south, the cobblestones give way to fig tree-lined bicycle paths, and you can catch some rays at the Grande Plage and at the beach near Goret. The entire island is free of cars, so breathe deeply and enjoy that clean air.
Forming the arch of Italy’s boot, Basilicata is draped with forests and mountains and kissed by the warm Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. Its blissfully quiet countryside is studded with tiny villages and the remnants of volcanic activity. Lake Grande and Piccolo sparkle at the base of the extinct Mount Vulture, while the Sassi di Matera, ancient dwellings thought to be the oldest in Italy, are a sight to behold. Explore Ancient Greek and Roman ruins in the towns of Armento and Venosa, and visit a museum in a castle in Melfi on a trip to this alternative Italian region.

Kotor is a UNESCO-listed medieval masterpiece with an abundant heritage. Ringed by massive stone walls and looming mountains, the red-capped city of Kotor feels protected against the march of time. About an hour south of Dubrovnik, it offers churches dating back to the 12th century and narrow streets. Grab a stuffed burek to snack on while you explore, take your time over a coffee al-fresco, or book a cruise around the picturesque bay.

With its laid-back Mediterranean vibe, Lugano is an Italian-speaking city offering a holiday-friendly mix of boutique shopping, boat cruising and funicular riding. It’s a relaxed spot for a weekend away, brimming with cafés, bars and promenades. The old town hugs Lake Lugano, magnificent against its mountainous backdrop. Indulge your passion for cocoa at the Museo del Cioccolato Alprose, grab a coffee at the Grand Café al Porto, stroll City Park with its centrepiece Villa Ciani and check out the town’s quirky Mario Botta-designed Cherry Building.

What better place for a summer holiday than a jaunt to the self-proclaimed City of Sunshine? Nestled on the banks of the Tisza, Szeged is a laid-back university town lined with al-fresco cafés and featuring surprise palaces and cathedrals. Stroll the Stefania promenade for exquisite river views, and nod along to the strains of the musical fountain at Dugonics Square. In the evening, Dóm tér, the city’s main square, transforms into a massive open-air stage with shows playing every night throughout the summer.

Presiding over massive lake Müritz in northern Germany, Waren is an out-of-the-way spot a few hours from Berlin. A ghost town just a few years ago, it’s suddenly bursting with activity: a new marina and a profusion of new hotels and restaurants mean you’ll have plenty to keep yourself entertained, while the area’s natural beauty has been left well enough alone. Explore the nearby national park bursting with eagles and ospreys, or saunter through the cobblestone streets of the red-roofed old town – be sure to stop off for some fish-stuffed bread rolls and Italian-style ice-cream.

Matarraña blooms with olive trees, vineyards and pine forests. It’s just three hours away from Barcelona but feels a world away. Ancient, tiny towns perch like mountain goats on the hillsides, ibex roam about, and cave paintings and prehistoric settlements lurk waiting to be surveyed. Explore Puertos de Beceite Natural Park, cycle the abandoned La Via Verde and cool off at the El Salt waterfall in La Portedella. Refuel by nibbling on cured ham, goat’s cheese and walnuts – and toss back some local wine.
Often overlooked in favour of Paris and Berlin, Croatia's capital city offers quaint, historic charm alongside new bars, restaurants and boutique clothing stores. Stroll Maksimir Park, drink in the soaring spires of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and snack on farm-fresh food at the Dolac Market. Kids will love a visit to the Museum of Illusion and you can escape the heat to explore the city’s literal underworld with a stroll through the Grič Tunnel.
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