Temperatures across Europe have been soaring as a bubble of Saharan air makes its way along the continent. Several countries have issued alerts for the hot conditions, including in Spain where the mercury is predicted to rise above 40C (104F). Now, this weekend is expected to be a hot one for the UK.
How hot will it get this weekend?
According to the Met Office, Friday and into this weekend will be hot and humid, with the warm air from Europe drawn across to the UK.
This hot air will allow temperatures to rise into the high-20s (68F+) in parts of Scotland, Wales and southwest England on Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures reaching at least 30C (80F) in some spots in the southwest on Friday.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington, said: “It’ll be warm with sunny spells across many southwestern and western parts of the UK for the remainder of this week; however an easterly breeze will keep eastern parts of the UK much cooler and, at times, cloudier.
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“On Saturday however, the warmth will spread across eastern parts of the UK with temperatures peaking around 33 to 34C (91.4-93.2F).”
It could also be a hot day on Friday at Worthy Farm for Glastonbury Festival as the Met Office tweeted: “Will it be a record-breaking day at #GlastonburyFestival?
“With plenty of strong #sunshine expected, afternoon temperatures will peak around 30C (80F), getting close to the record set back in 2017 of 31.2C (88.16F)”
Heat health warnings have been issued for much of the UK and will remain in place until 6pm on Saturday, June 29.
According to the Met Office, level two yellow warning is “Triggered as soon as the risk is 60 percent or above for threshold temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night.”
The reason these warnings are in place is for social and healthcare services, who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.
Could this be hottest June EVER?
According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, it is odds on that the hottest day of the year is recorded this weekend.
As temperatures are forecast to smash the 30C (80F) mark, the bookies have cut odds from 2/1 to just 10/11 for this weekend to be a record-breaker.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “A drastic shift in the temperatures has forced us to slash odds on the hottest day of the year coming this weekend.”
The firm also makes it 3/1 that this weekend sees the hottest June day on record.
The highest temperature on record for June is 35.6C (96.08F) which was recorded in London on June 29, 1957, and Southampton on June 28, 1976.
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