Friday could bring even more intense weather for Britain, which could experience the hottest day in June on record when it hits 36C after Wednesday’s high of 27.8C at Heathrow
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Brits have enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures surpassing even Croatia and the Canary Islands.
Heathrow welcomed the start of the heatwave, which recorded a temperature of 27.8C at 2pm on Wednesday. Dubrovnik and the Canaries were 27C.
Friday threatens even more intense weather for Britain, which could experience the hottest day in June on record if it hits 36C.
Ladbrokes are so confident of a scorching hot summer that they have significantly reduced the odds of 2022 being 6/4 to be the hottest on record.
The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have issued heat alerts to warn the NHS of a risk to the health of the public.
But northerners are likely to recover from the heat sooner than most.
Manchester could see a dramatic change in temperature if the Spanish cloud swaps for a cold front from Greenland – with temperatures falling from 30C on Friday to 15C on Saturday.
Met forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said Heathrow saw 27.8, dwarfing the 27.5C set at Heathrow in mid-May.
“For the rest of June through mid-July, we expect temperatures to be near average, but we’re still going to get some of those short warm spells,” she said.
“On Friday it will be very hot with highs of 34 °C. If we get there, it will be the warmest temperature since August 2020.
“Along the south coast, they won’t see the rain until Saturday night.
“But there is a dramatic change when the cold front comes. From Friday to Sunday the temperatures drop quite sharply.
“Some will definitely be relieved to be outside of 34 degrees because it won’t be comfortable overnight, we’re seeing temperatures even holding into the low 20’s.
“The cold front from Greenland will bring the temperature back down for Manchester when they could see highs of 30 degrees on Friday, but it’s closer to 15 degrees on Saturday.”
Charity Age UK is urging older people to take some simple precautions, particularly if they have breathing problems or heart problems.
Caroline Abrahams, from the charity, said: “Elderly people can become dehydrated and overheated when it gets hot, especially if they live in a place where it’s difficult to keep cool and worry about yourself, especially if you live alone.
“For the rest of us, popping in to see elderly relatives and neighbors is a nice idea – for example you might have an extra fan to borrow and the offer of an ice cream when it’s hot is usually appreciated too.
“Taking simple steps to stay cool during the hottest hours of the day is a good idea.”
She advised older people to stay indoors during the warmest parts of the day, wear light clothing and drink plenty of water.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said there was a low risk of drought but warned further hot, dry weather could put pressure on some areas.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-hottest-day-year-recorded-27244147 The hottest day of the year was warmer in Britain than in the Canary Islands