Britain turns up the heat: Temperatures could hit record-breaking 34C

Britain turns up the heat: Met Office issues hot weather warnings across the south of England with temperatures set to hit a record-breaking 34C on Friday – making it hotter than BARBADOS

  • The Met Office says that temperatures could hit a record-breaking 34C (93F) on ‘fiery Friday’ 
  • Forecasters have issued a hot weather alert across London and the South East for this week
  • Millions of Britons are set to roast in glorious sunshine and clear blue skies in ‘June heatwave’ 

The Met Office has issued hot weather warnings for London and the South East as temperatures are set to hit a record-breaking 34C (93F) on Friday.

Britain is set to roast in coming days, with forecasters predicting glorious sunshine and clear blue skies across much of the country during the ‘June heatwave’. 

Health bosses are urging people to watch for signs of heat exhaustion among the elderly and vulnerable, while hayfever suffers should brace for a ‘pollen bomb’.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: ‘Temperatures will continue to rise as we go through the week, becoming well above-average by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to exceed 30C and may even reach 34C in some places.

‘This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is unusual for temperature to exceed these values in June.

‘Many areas will also see some warm nights with minimum temperatures expected to be in the high teens or even low 20Cs for some overnight.’

Sunrise in Roker in Sunderland on Wednesday June 15, 2022 amid Britain’s June heatwave

Met Office graphs show clear skies above England and Wales on June 15, 2022, but a very high pollen count

Sunrise at Glastonbury Tor on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Sunrise in Roker in Sunderland on Wednesday June 15, 2022

A cloud of hot air from North Africa has sent temperatures soaring and the suffocating heat could last in most of Spain until June 16 or 17, a few days before summer officially starts on June 21, the earliest heatwave in 40 years.

The searing heat has spread to Portugal and Spain and will move north later this week to Germany, the UK and northern Europe.

The high June temperatures are being caused by a ‘heat dome’, which means the warmth extends high into the atmosphere and impacts pressure and wind patterns.

A mountain of hot air is trapped by high-pressure conditions, compressing it like a lid and wedging it between areas of low pressure, pushing cooler air away.

The current heatwave is the earliest one in Spain registered since 1981, according to state meteorological agency AEMET.

Temperatures are forecast to climb as high as 113F in the southern Andalusia region, especially in the cities of Cordoba or Seville, according to Aemet. 

On May 17, a toasty 27.5C (81F) was recorded at Heathrow. It is still relatively unusual for temperature to reach the mid-30Cs in June, with the highest June temperature on record – 35.6C (96F) – reached at Southampton Mayflower Park on June 28, 1976.

The all-time temperature record for the UK is 101.7F (38.7C), which was set on July 25, 2019, in Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. 

Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: ‘Temperatures are forecast to reach 30C in some parts of the south on Friday and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions.

‘During periods of hot weather it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions.

‘Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.’

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: ‘There is a low-risk of drought for public water supplies this summer. However, further hot, dry weather could put pressure on some areas.

‘Dry weather this spring has led to receding river flows and reservoir levels across central and south western England in particular.

‘Early June rainfall has offered some relief with river flows improving compared to the end of May, however a third of river flows remain below normal for the time of year.

‘As always, we continue to work with water companies and wider stakeholders to closely monitor water resources and take action, where necessary.

‘People should use water wisely and follow advice from their suppliers.’

The British Red Cross, meanwhile, has encouraged people to protect themselves and to check in with vulnerable friends, family and neighbours during the soaring temperatures.

It has given advice to help keep people healthy, including urging them to drink plenty of fluids but avoid excessive alcohol consumption, wear sun cream and keep workplaces and homes cool.

A man standing on Glastonbury Tor at sunrise on June 15, 2022

Sunrise in Roker in Sunderland on Wednesday June 15, 2022 amid Britain’s June heatwave

Loobie Bailey, 19, enjoys the warm weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset on June 14, 2022

The RSPCA is urging dog owners to be aware of the dangers of walking their pets – especially ones with thick coats and underlying health conditions – during the warmer seasons.

Esme Wheeler, RSPCA dog welfare specialist, said: ‘The truth is walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer. While the majority would never leave our dogs in a car on a hot day, or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may still be putting their dogs at risk even on a short walk, or taking them to places such as fields and beaches with little or no shade.

‘We have long-campaigned that dogs die in hot cars, but this year we’re highlighting that dogs die on hot walks, too. The message remains very simple – never leave a dog in a hot car because ‘not long’ is too long, and when it comes to walks, ‘if in doubt, don’t go out.’

The Blue Cross urged cat owners to be careful when leaving windows open after one kitten fell from a third storey window and fractured her leg.

Some advice by the charity to cool pets down includes keeping cats indoors during the hottest points in the day, with windows open that have wire mesh or netting to prevent any injuries, and instead letting them out during the cooler parts of the day.

Forecasters are predicting that July and August will be hotter still, as the British summer truly kicks into gear.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘It looks like sun cream conditions ahead, with a hotter-than-average July expected, with more hot spells in August.’

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