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Hottest day of the year follows thunderstorms

18 July 2014 Last updated at 20:43 BST

Parts of south-east England have recorded the hottest day of the year after dramatic electrical storms.

Temperatures in Gravesend, Kent, nudged 32C (90F), beating the previous high of 29.5C, recorded on Thursday, as much of the country enjoyed the sun.

The sweltering heat came after lightning struck the UK more than 3,000 times in the early hours of Friday.

But the Met Office is warning of more storms and, in England and east Wales, flash flooding is on the way.

Sian Lloyd reports.

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