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Weather: Today is officially the hottest day of the year so far

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The Met Office confirmed Heathrow and Cardiff recorded the highest temperatures above 30C (Picture: PA/Met Office)

Today has been confirmed as the hottest day so far of 2021 in England and Wales with temperatures soaring above 31C.

The Met Office confirmed on Sunday that the highest temperature of 31.6°C was recorded at Heathrow, while Cardiff reported 30.2°C.

The previous record of 29.7C had been recorded at Teddington in south-west London on June 14 but it was smashed yesterday.

Today’s temperatures overtake England’s record-breaking 30.3C reported yesterday in Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire, while Wales recorded 30.2C in Cardiff.

Sun-seekers have been flocking to beaches, parks and rivers across the country this weekend to soak up the long-awaited rays after a cooler than usual summer.

And it seems the sunny weather is set to last until at least ‘Freedom Day’ tomorrow when England will see almost all legal Covid restrictions lifted.

But the UK is still a long way off from record temperatures for this time of year. 

A scorching 38.7C was recorded at Cambridge Botanical Gardens on July 25 2019.

People jump into the sea at Brighton beach in East Sussex. The hottest day of the year so far was recorded in all four UK nations on Saturday and forecasters believe it could be even warmer on Sunday.

Many headed to the southern coast to enjoy the hot weather (Picture: PA)

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Carfiff and Heathrow recorded the hottest temperatures (Picture: Met Office)

On a blazing hot Sunday West Wittering beach, West Sussex, is packed with thousands of people. Many coming from London to escape the city heat for the coast's welcoming space.

Many flocked to West Wittering beach, West Sussex, to soak up the sun (Picture: Greg Blatchford/Rex/Shutterstock)

With UK temperatures reaching 30 Celsius and on track for the warmest day of the year visitors to Cambridge enjoy taking Punt rides along the River Cam that flows through the City Seasonal Weather, Cambridgeshire, Cambridge, UK - 18 Jul 2021

Visitors to Cambridge enjoy taking Punt rides along the River Cam (Picture: Martin Dalton/REX/Shutterstock)

The Met Office is forecasting a warm, muggy night in the south but it’s expected to cloud over in parts of the north and east with some possible drizzle.

And it predicts it’s set to get even warmer throughout next week.

Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘We could get up to 32C (89.6F) 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.’

The Met Office and Public Health England are urging people to stay safe in the hot conditions, by staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen and assisting anyone who is more vulnerable to the heat.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Robert Melen/REX/Shutterstock (12220858c) Three-year-old Lillian Joy splashes in the garden of her house in Swansea, as temperatures hit over 30 degrees across Wales on the hottest day of the year. Seasonal weather, Swansea, Wales, UK - 18 Jul 2021

Three-year-old Lillian Joy splashes in the garden of her house in Swansea (Picture: Robert Melen/Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock (12220524b) People head to the river to enjoy the hot temperatures. Seasonal weather, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK - 18 Jul 2021

People also headed to the river in Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Picture: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex/Shutterstock)

People enjoy the hot weather on Brighton beach in East Sussex. The hottest day of the year so far was recorded in all four UK nations on Saturday and forecasters believe it could be even warmer on Sunday. Picture date: Sunday July 18, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Today’s temperatures smashed yesterday’s record-breaking highs (Picture: PA)

Dated: 18/07/2021 Sunseekers have fun sunbathing and enjoying a cooling dip in the sea at Cullercoats Bay beach, in North Tyneside, this afternoon (SUN) as the blistering weather continues with the UK enjoying a mini heatwave. See Sunday weather round-up

People across the country headed to beaches to enjoy the day (Picture: North News & Pictures)

Saturday had marked the hottest day of the year for all four nations, and the hottest day since records began for Northern Ireland with 31.2C recorded in Ballywatticock, in Co Down.

This beat the previous highest temperature of 30.8C, which was reached on July 12 1983 and June 30 1976.

Scotland and Northern Ireland did not beat records on Sunday, recording highs of 26.1C in Threave, Scotland, and 25.5C in Thomastown, Northern Ireland.

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