SCORCHING hot temperatures and summery sunshine will continue to heat up Swindon for half of next week before thunderstorms arrive and drench the town.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings from 6pm on Wednesday for thunder, lightning and heavy rain which could last all the way through to 6am on Friday.

Before that, Swindon will see temperatures of around 12 degrees Celsius to 25C on Monday, with a slight drop in the maximum expected temperature to 22C on Tuesday, followed by the range rising to between 14C and 24C on Wednesday.

UV rays will be high throughout each of these three days, with very high ratings of 8 reached at 1pm, so slather on some suncream if you're heading out.

Hay fever sufferers should be aware that pollen levels will be very high for much of next week.

After the downpour arrives on Wednesday night, temperatures will cool to between 11C and 19C on Thursday, and 10C to 17C on Friday and Saturday, and cloud cover will block out sunbeams.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Some places are likely to see thunderstorms later Wednesday through to Friday with the potential for travel disruption and flooding.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds

"Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services

"Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

"There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost."