Parts of the UK are basking in heat as June sees what might be the hottest day of the year so far.
Parts of the UK are expected to sizzle in temperatures of 34C (93.2F) as the hot spell of weather reaches its sweltering peak on Friday.
So what will the weather be like? Here’s everything you need to know.
Is it the hottest day of the year?
The Met Office said London and potentially some spots in East Anglia are most likely to reach the 34C high, making it the hottest day of the year so far.
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A high of 29.5C (85.1F) was recorded at Northolt in west London on Thursday, surpassing the 2022 high of 28.2C (82.76F) recorded at Kew Gardens on Wednesday.
Highs of 26.1C (78.98F) were recorded in Cardiff, 21.4C (70.52F) was recorded in Edinburgh and 20.6C (69.08F) was recorded in Derry in in Northern Ireland on Thursday.
Away from the capital and the South East, 27-30C is expected across most of England and Wales.
While England and Wales will have hot weather, it will be cooler in Northern Ireland and Scotland, both of which will be affected by rain.
Britain’s highest recorded June UK temperature was 35.6C at Southampton Mayflower Park in June 1976.
But forecasters do not expect that high to be surpassed this week.
Could this bring any problems?
Meanwhile, firefighters are warning that there is an increased risk of fires, due to the heatwave.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it has already attended more than 1,430 grass and open land fires across the city this year.
This includes grassland, canal and riverbank vegetation, scrubland, parks, playgrounds, crops and woodland.
Around 350 of these were in domestic gardens and LFB said that with prolonged periods of hot weather, there is a concern these numbers will rise.
In the past five years, London’s firefighters have attended almost 600 fires involving barbecues, 45 of which were on private balconies.
The brigade’s assistant commissioner for fire safety, Charlie Pugsley, said: “We want people to enjoy the glorious weather and do so safely.
“Barbecuing on dry grass is reckless and can easily cause a really serious fire – damaging the immediate area and risking nearby properties.
“We’re also urging people to think twice about having barbecues on balconies.
“It’s easier than you might think for a balcony fire to spread to others, which could not only leave you homeless but displace hundreds of your neighbours too.
“We’re not trying to take the fun out of the heatwave, but for the sake of our city – and of our firefighters who have to work in sweltering temperatures to tackle these blazes – we’d really like people to take our advice on board.
“We’re asking the public to remain vigilant and call 999 as soon as they see any signs of smouldering grass.”
Firefighters are also warning residents not to risk their safety for a cooling swim.
Punting along the River Cam in Cambridge on Thursday (Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
In the past five years, crews have attended almost 300 reports of a person in water or at immediate risk of entering water.
The LFB said there were nine accidental drownings in London last year, making it the joint third highest in the UK.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a Level 3 heat-health alert for London, the East of England and the South East.
This alert follows the Level 2 alert issued on Tuesday and confirms that the Met Office’s threshold temperatures for an alert will be reached in three regions from Friday.
A Level 2 alert remains in place for the East Midlands and South West.
The Met Office warned that there may be difficult sleeping conditions on Thursday night, with temperatures expected to stay between mid and high teens.
Forecasters said that it would be termed a tropical night if nowhere drops below 20C (68F).
What is the Met Office forecast?
Rain across Scotland petering out as it moves south this morning, followed by sunny spells and a few showers. Breezy with strong winds in the North. Dry and increasingly sunny further south and felling hot or very hot.
Cloud and patchy light rain sinking south across England and Wales, but southern areas dry and sultry. Much cooler to the North with clear periods. Windy across north Scotland with showers.
Cloudy across central and southern regions with outbreaks of thundery rain, turning heavy for a time. Likely remaining dry and hot in the far South with hazy sunshine. Cooler in the North West.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Rain in the far south Sunday, heavy in places. Showers in the North, sunny spells elsewhere. Many southern areas dry Monday and Tuesday, but with rain spreading to the northwest.
What is the long-range forecast?
Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 30 June
Throughout much of this period, most areas could experience dry conditions with occasional bright spells and some sunshine. There is a risk of showers, thundery at times, in the South, where it is more likely to be cloudier than elsewhere, however these areas are still expected to receive some sunny spells.
The North also has a risk of longer spells of rain at times, which may spread to most areas through the middle of the period. Temperatures around normal, perhaps slightly warmer further south and cooler in the North with the chance of some stronger winds here.
Towards the end of June the best of the sunshine is expected in the South and East, bringing slightly warmer temperatures with it, while the North and West may see more unsettled spells.
Additional reporting from Press Association.