UK Weather Forecast: Hot temperatures as today will be the hottest of the year

The Met Office is predicting today will be the hottest day of the year so far, and it will warmer over the course of the week before hitting 34C this Friday

Temperatures of 28C are expected in the UK today
Temperatures of 28C are expected in the UK today

Brits are set for the hottest day of the year today as temperatures continue to climb to highs of 34C through Friday.

The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have issued a level two heat alert for much of southern and central England, while northern England is on a level one alert.

Temperatures will sizzle from Wednesday, reaching highs of 28C in parts of the south east.

It would be the hottest day of the year so far, dwarfing the 27.5C set at Heathrow in mid-May.

Parts of the UK will also be warmer than the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Zakynthos – as well as Los Angeles and parts of Barbados.

A weather front moving north from Iberia brings the hot temperatures


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Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office forecaster, said: “The vast majority of England and Wales will see a fine day on Wednesday, although it’s slightly different in Northern Ireland and Scotland where there will be cloud and showers.

“It’s going to be very warm, particularly in the south-east, with temperatures up to 28°C, which would make it the warmest day of the year so far.

“This will then be surpassed on Thursday, with mercury rising again to around 29C before hitting 33C and even 34C on Friday.

“So it’s going to be very warm as we move into the later part of the week.”

Forecasters have said some parts of England could experience a heatwave later this week, although it’s likely to be short-lived.

Sunshine and blue skies are expected for much of the country


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On the four-level Heat Health Alert Scale, designed to help health workers weather periods of extreme temperature, level one is the lowest alert and the minimum level of vigilance used during the summer months.

Stage two, called Alert and Preparedness, is triggered when there is a 60% risk of temperature thresholds being reached in one or more regions for at least two consecutive days and the intervening night.

A heatwave is defined as three consecutive days in which daily maximum temperatures are at or above the heatwave temperature threshold.

The threshold varies in each county.

Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and public health at the UKHSA, said: “During periods of hot weather, it is particularly important to keep an eye on those most at risk, such as the elderly and those with heart or lung conditions.

The Met Office has said it could officially be a heatwave


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“Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health tips to beat the heat.”

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.”

Britons, particularly vulnerable people, are being warned to be cautious in the hot temperatures



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.

The British Red Cross encouraged people to protect themselves and check in with vulnerable friends, family and neighbors during the rising temperatures.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

It’s going to be very hot in southern Britain through Friday.


Another fine dry day for most areas, the sunniest skies in the south with sunshine later blurred at times over north and central Wales. Partly cloudy with rain in parts of north and west Scotland. Warmer than yesterday.

This evening:

A fine evening for most and then a dry night with clear skies or long periods of clear weather. However, parts of north and west Scotland will be cloudier at times with rain.


Most areas are nice and dry again with plenty of sunshine, many parts are hotter than today. However, parts of the far northwest will be cloudier at times with rain.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Dry, sunny and hot on Friday, but cooler in the north with rain. Cooler weekend with heavy rain in the south. Becoming dry and light in the north.

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