UK records hottest day of the year again as Britons enjoy the sunshine

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Temperatures soared to 32.7C on Friday as the UK recorded the hottest day of the year so far for the third day in a row.

The Met Office said Santon Downham, in Norfolk, recorded the highest temperature with 32.7C (90.86F) on Friday.

It was followed by London’s Heathrow Airport and Kew Gardens in west London, which both recorded 32.4C (90.32F).

Annie Shuttleworth, forecaster at the Met Office, said despite predictions that Friday could be “the hottest Royal Ascot on record” in Berkshire, it just missed the title.

“The highest temperature we had for Ascot was 32.8C at Reading in 2017, but we had 32.7C today,” she said.

“The eastern areas have been the warmest today because there’s been a bit of a westerly breeze today, so across the east there’s been a bit more shelter from the breeze which is why temperatures have climbed over there.”

Thanks to the high temperatures, men in all enclosures at Ascot were allowed to remove their jackets and ties once the traditional royal carriage procession had ended.

Although some in Wales are also enjoying sweltering heat as Cardiff recorded 28.4C (83F), in Northern Ireland the warmest temperature recorded was 17.5C (63F) in Glennane, Co Amargh.

As the mercury soared in England, health alerts were issued for parts of the country, and Network Rail warned services could be disrupted.

The UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 heat-health alert for London, the East of England and the South East in order to protect health services, which remains in place.

Summer weather in London
A visitor takes a photo of the flowers of the ‘Superbloom’ garden in the moat of the Tower of London, in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“We can’t change the weather, but it can change your plans,” Network Rail said on its website.

Temperatures are predicted to fall by 15c over the weekend.

Ms Shuttleworth said: “The weekend is expected to have much cooler temperatures, with parts of the Midlands and central areas of the UK having the most significant changes.

“They’ll be closer to 16C or 17C tomorrow, so that’s 15 degrees cooler. Across parts of the Midlands there’ll be some relatively persistent rain and we’re also expecting that across parts of Wales and the southern areas tomorrow afternoon.

“The far south coast should hold on to the hot weather, so could see highs of 30C tomorrow close to Portsmouth.

(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

“The sun is quite strong at this time of year, but it won’t be feeling as Mediterranean as it has been today for most of us but in the sunshine we do see over the weekend, we’ll still be feeling relatively warm.”

The highest recorded June temperature in the UK was 35.6C (95F) at Southampton Mayflower Park in June 1976, and forecasters do not expect the record to be surpassed this week.

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