UK heatwave to continue as temperatures reach 30 degrees
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The UK recorded the hottest day of the year so far on Sunday as highs of 31.6C were recorded at Heathrow and 30.2C in Cardiff, according to the Met Office. Sunday’s scoring temperatures topped a blissfully sunny weekend in the UK that saw all four UK nations reach new highs. It was the hottest day since records began in Northern Ireland on Saturday, with 31.2C recorded in Ballywatticock in County Down at 3.40pm, beating the previous highest temperature of 30.8C reached on July 12 1983 and June 30, 1976.
In England, 30.3C was recorded in Coton in The Elms in Derbyshire on Saturday, surpassing the 29.7C in south-west London on June 14.
Record temperatures were also seen in Wales on Saturday as Usk, Monmouthshire saw 29.6C while Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland recorded 28.2C.
The good news the hot weather is expected to continue throughout the week.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said on Sunday: “We could get up to 32C next week, it is possible each day for different places in the country.
“The most likely areas to get 32C are parts of the Midlands and down towards south-west England and potentially London,
“They are all going to see the highest temperatures in the coming days.”
Brits will likely be very glad to see the back of the rainy downpours seen in May and June as July is providing the first taste of summer for many.
The Met Office predicts the weather in July will continue to be “fine and dry” with “long sunny spells, variable clouds and light winds”.
The meteorological agency predicts the sunshine will continue until Tuesday, which is expected to be another scorcher with highs of 27C.
The forecast for this week reads: “Largely settled and warm or very warm with plenty of sunshine.
“Cloudier and cooler across parts of the north on Sunday and into Monday, with some rain in places.”
Temperatures will remain within the mid-twenties for much of this week, after which the heatwave could begin to subside and temperatures even out.
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BBC Weather said temperatures will “slowly climb above average with some very warm or hot afternoons over the weekend”.
The warm weather will likely go into next week with high pressure bringing warmth – although this may not always be coupled with blue skies and sunshine.
Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said: “People are really going to feel the effects of the heat as we go through this week”.
Sunday’s high temperatures marked the beginning of an official heatwave across the UK as in London and the south-east the temperature threshold must meet 28C for at least three days to record a heatwave – and Sunday was the third.
The requirement drops to 27C in the Midlands and 26C in the south west, which was also met on Sunday and is expected to continue throughout the week.
Public Health England (PHE) and the Met Office are warning people to take care during the hot spell, advising people to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and avoid leaving children or pets in cars.
PHE urged Brits to look out for others who may struggle in the heat, such as older people and those who live alone.
Emergency services have been responding to incidents of people getting into trouble in water up and down the country, with a 19-year-old man in Salford Quays losing his life on Sunday.
If you are going to take the chance to go swimming, make sure you are very careful and take all the necessary precautions.
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