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UK to roast in ‘hotter than the Sahara’ sun on Friday with 34C sparking weather warnings

A Level 3 Heat-Health Alert has been issued for the much of the South East and eastern England as temperatures look set to soar past 30ºC and could potentially challenge the 1976 record

Most of Britain will swelter in record-breaking temperatures tomorrow, with a new record high for a June day expected to be set.

BBC weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said that Britain’s weather would certainly be “turning up the heat over the next couple of days”.

He said that for southern parts of the UK the short, but very dramatic heatwave could see temperatures in London and the south east rise to 33ºC or perhaps even up to 34ºC, making it hotter than the Sahara Desert.

Some forecasters think the temperatures on “Fiery Friday” could beat the previous UK record set in the long hot summer of 1976, which was a quite uncomfortably warm 35.6ºC.

People will be sunbathing wherever they can find a spot
People will be sunbathing wherever they can find a spot (Image: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Jason Kelly, said; “The heat is a result of a mix of home-grown warming due to a high pressure over the southern half of the UK, as well as a south westerly airflow bringing warm air, which has been over the continent through the week, across the country.

“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is unusual for temperatures to exceed these values in June. Some areas may see warm nights with minimum temperatures expected to be in the high teens or even low 20°Cs overnight, especially in urban areas such as London.”

The heatwave is lively to be will be relatively short-lived, though.

Milder conditions are predicted to return later in the weekend with temperatures trending back to around average for June as we see cooler air push across the country from the northwest.

Plenty of people will be starting the weekend early
Plenty of people will be starting the weekend early (Image: Getty Images)

A Level 3 Heat-Health Alert has been issued for the much of the South East and eastern England, with a Level 2 Alert in place for the South West and East Midlands, with a Level 1 Alert for the West Midlands and northern England.

Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Temperatures are forecast to reach 30°C in some parts of the south on Friday and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions.

“During periods of hot weather, it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”

Make sure to check up on the vulnerable during the heatwave, stay hydrated and top up your sun cream. Pollen counts are also likely to be high, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re well-stocked for hay fever remedies.

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