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UK heatwave set to continue over weekend

02 July 2018 08:15

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The UK is set to scorch this weekend as the heatwave continues and temperatures stay well in the 30s.

This week saw the hottest day of the year so far as the mercury hit 33C (91.4F) in Porthmadog, Wales on Thursday.

Thursday's highs beat the previous successive daily highs since Monday as the welcome early summer weather continues.

The heat is expected to last into the weekend across most of the UK, with Sunday marking the first day of July.

Repeat performance

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said late on Thursday night: "There's not an awful lot of change to be honest. Certainly tomorrow it's going to be a repeat performance in terms of an awful lot of sunshine right the way across the UK.

"Another pretty hot day for most."

She said an exception would be parts of the eastern coast where low cloud will bring temperatures down.

Ms Roberts said parts of north-west England, north-east Wales, western Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland could hit around 30C.

The forecaster said there will only be "subtle" changes over the weekend, with very warm temperatures across most of the UK.

"We might start to get the risk of some thundery showers, particularly on Sunday, predominantly across the far south-west of the UK, so probably Cornwall is most likely to see any of that," Ms Roberts said.

Extreme heat

Public Health England issued a warning saying the extreme heat may pose a risk to the most vulnerable.

The rising temperatures have come with warnings to be careful near water and in the countryside, where fire crews have been tackling wildfires.

According to the latest information from the Met Office, the top temperature in Wales, and the UK, on Thursday was 33C (91.4F) in Porthmadog.

Scotland's top temperature was 31.9C (89.42F) in Glasgow, England's top temperature was 30.6C (87.08F) in Keswick and Northern Ireland's top temperature was 30.5C (86.9F) in Derrylin.

The Met Office said this is the first time in five years that temperatures have hit 30C (86F) in all four countries of the UK.

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