The warm blast from Spain and Portugal could send temperatures rocketing enough to set a record for the hottest June day on record – with possible highs of a sizzling 34C in the south-east
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The heatwave in parts of the UK will develop into a ‘crescendo’ on Friday as temperatures soar to a muggy 34C in some parts.
Ahead of the weekend, conditions are set to heat up on Thursday with highs of 29C predicted in and around London.
Mercury is then expected to rise to a potentially sizzling 34C in the south east on Friday – with temperatures between 27C and 30C in most of England and Wales.
The warm blast from Spain and Portugal could send temperatures soaring that they could set a record for the hottest June day on record.
The highest recorded June temperature in the UK was 35.6°C at Southampton Mayflower Park in June 1976 – the year of an infamous summer heatwave.
The hottest day so far this year was mid-May at 27.5C at Heathrow.
Met Office e spokesman Grahame Madge said: “We are under high pressure at the moment so there is a certain amount of natural, indigenous heat building up because we obviously have clear skies and fairly dry ground conditions across southern England.
“We also have warmer air from further south in Europe where there has been a major heat event, particularly in Iberia, resulting in the kind of crescendo we’ll see on Friday.
“Due to the direction of the flow, with the weather pattern that we have established at our latitudes, it encourages this warm airflow to continue north.
On the back of the scorching sun, however, the Met Office said there was a chance rain and even thunderstorms could follow.
Grahame added: “The next few days will be hotter than the day before. We believe for the moment, although there is some uncertainty, that weather temperatures will peak on Friday and then we will have a cooler day for the most part on Saturday.
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“The heat may potentially last until Saturday but temperatures will drop again across most of the UK as a cold front moves down from further north – but in southern England they may just linger.”
dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: “Climate change has increased the average temperature of UK summers and is also making more extreme temperatures more likely to occur during hot spells and heat waves.
“Reaching 34C in June is a rare but not unprecedented event in the historical climate record for the UK. But if it were to happen this week, it would be remarkable that it would have occurred on three days during the last six June.”
In the previous year such temperatures were reached in June 1976. The first aid and healthcare charity St. John Ambulance has released some tips on how to cope with the hot weather.
The medical director, Dr. Lynn Thomas, said: “When you’re out in the sun it’s important to take care of yourself by staying hydrated, staying out of the sun at peak times and wearing sunscreen with at least SPF30.
“I would also encourage anyone with elderly relatives and neighbors to get in touch with them as any rise in temperature can be dangerous.”
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With the temperature rising very rapidly this week we expect a short sharp spike in breakdowns, particularly in central and southern parts of the UK.
“It’s important that drivers don’t get caught, so we advise them to check their car’s oil and coolant levels as soon as possible, especially if planning a long drive during the hottest part of the day.
“Riders should also stay hydrated, which has been shown to have a positive effect on their concentration.
“Passengers should also be kept as cool and comfortable as possible, so carry plenty of water and plan enough breaks to avoid heating up an already hot car even further.”
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