Sizzling temperatures and glorious sunshine are set to tear through Britain today, with the heatwave expected to last well into next week. The Met Office predicts today will be the hottest day of the year so far, overtaking last Friday’s scorcher which saw the mercury soar to 37.8C at Heathrow.
The east and southeast of England are expected to see the best of the warm weather, as temperatures are forecast to rise to at least 37C in the capital.
Forecasters believe the mercury could surpass the 37.8C recorded in Heathrow on July 31 – the hottest day of the year so far and the UK’s third warmest on record.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “Although much of the UK can expect a spell of warm and sunny weather lasting into early next week, it’s going to turn very hot for parts of England and Wales with temperatures widely reaching above 30 Celsius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Met Office heatwave criteria will be reached over East Anglia and southeast England.
“Friday is likely to be the hottest day with temperatures of 36 to 37 Celsius in parts of east and southeast England.
“It’s possible temperatures could reach similar levels on Saturday, before falling slightly on Sunday.
“There’s also a small chance temperatures could reach close to 38 Celsius in one or two spots in the southeast on Friday, but this will partly depend on the chance of cloud spreading in from the southwest during the afternoon.”
The UK’s all-time record is 38.7C, recorded in Cambridge in July 2019.
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The weather charts also highlight that Britons are in for an uncomfortable night, as temperatures are expected to stay around the 20C mark.
One map, which forecasts temperatures at 3am on Saturday, shows the mercury could stay as high as 26C in the capital.
Elsewhere, Britons can expect temperatures of around 20C throughout the night.
The scorching temperatures are set to stay well into the weekend and early next week.
Weather maps show the mercury is set to peak in the mid-30s on Saturday and Sunday for the south-east of England, with similar scorching temperatures expected in Wales and the midlands.
The heatwave is expected to last until the end of next week.
Met Office Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said the soaring temperatures are caused by a plume of hot air moving in from the continent, which will particularly affect England and Wales.
He said the high temperatures will remain throughout the weekend for the south of England, but the mercury could cool slightly across northern parts of the UK to the low-to-mid 20s.