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BRITS could bask in sunshine again this weekend as Met Office forecasters predict highs of 31C on Sunday.

This week's heatwave saw thousands flock to beaches and parks across the country to enjoy Britain's hottest day on record.

Temperatures then dipped yesterday, with the Met Office warning of thunderstorms, lightning and downpours.

But the damp spell won't last long, as the weekend will bring another 30C scorcher to the South East.

The Met Office's 10-day forecast predicts storms in parts on Friday, before warmer air moves in on Saturday and Sunday.

Highs of 31C are expected across the South East by Sunday, as the weekend ends on a sunny high.

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Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: "There's the potential for some thunderstorms on Friday – and then the warm air is tucked in across parts of England and Wales for Saturday and Sunday.

"So temperatures could tick up back to the high 20s, possible even the low 30s across East Anglia on Sunday.

"But it's going to be quite a contrast, with much cooler conditions further north and in the north West."

In the west of Scotland, highs of 17C are predicted, as a cooler breeze sweeps through.

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The mercury hit 40.3C in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday – making Tuesday the UK's hottest day on record, according to forecasters.

Records first began in 1910, and the Met Office responsible for keeping track of temperatures ever since.

The record applies only to the UK, with Tuesday's 40.3C dwarfed by the world-record 56.7C recorded in California in 1913.

Yesterday, Britain battled through another day of travel chaos in the aftermath of this week's heatwave.

Brits were ordered to stay away from London King's Cross after all trains were axed while vital repair work is carried out.

It comes after a blaze broke out on the tracks in Bedfordshire, damaging vital signalling equipment.

Stark pictures of the blaze's aftermath show a level crossing after it was melted in the raging inferno.

London St Pancras also suffered mass cancellations – with Eurostar passengers hit with huge delays after a power failure in Lille.

In Euston station, some two dozen services were cancelled or delayed after the blaze in Bedfordshire.

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And there were minor delays on the Central, Circle and District lines in London due to late-finishing engineering work in the Ealing Broadway area.

Meanwhile in Birmingham New Street station, all trains were cancelled due to damage to overhead cables, leaving passengers stranded.

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