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Northern Ireland records new ‘highest temperature’ as UK heatwave set to break up

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Northern Ireland has recorded what is thought to be its highest-ever temperature, days after breaking the previous mark.

Castlederg in County Tyrone hit 31.3C (88.34F) on Wednesday afternoon, with the Met Office tweeting that the record had “provisionally” been broken.

It is just above the 31.2C (88.16F) in Ballywatticock on Saturday.

But the heatwave that has baked the UK for several days is set to break up, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain this weekend.

Many parts of the country will be hoping it won’t be a repeat of the torrential rain seen sporadically in the South East in the past fortnight, or the thunder and hail that hit parts of Kent on Tuesday.

The Met Office said: “A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued as the current heatwave for much of the UK breaks up into more unsettled weather over the weekend.

“The yellow warning for rain covers central and southern parts of England and Wales and will be in force from early on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

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“Across the warning area, heavy thundery showers are expected to break out over the course of the weekend, especially on Sunday when these could be widespread and torrential in places.”

It said some parts could see up to 10cm (3.9in) of rain, while “lightning and hail are expected to be additional hazards”.