Thunderstorms have hit areas of Merseyside as the heatwave comes to a decisive end.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for thunderstorms and rain in England for the next three days possibly causing flooding and transport disruption.

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The country reached its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday when 32.2C was recorded.

But Merseyside will be hit by thunder, lightning and rain showers over the next two days, while temperatures drop to 18C.

The Met Office said thunderstorms occur when there is warm air on the surface that is underneath cooler air above it.

The warm air rises and creates instability which can create quite heavy downpours of rain and hail, as well as creating the conditions for thunder and lightning.

This afternoon we've had reports of thunder being heard in Aigburth, Huyton, Widnes, parts of Wirral and Walton, while rain is hitting several areas and growing heavier.

Follow our live blog below for the latest weather updates across Merseyside.

Thunder heard in parts of Merseyside

Thunder has been heard in Dingle, Tranmere, Wallasey, Widnes and around Aigburth.

What the Met Office says

Thunderstorms and heavy rain may lead to flooding and transport disruption.

What to expect