Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Friday could be the HOTTEST EVER DAY in the UK

Friday could be the HOTTEST EVER DAY in the UK

"Where these occur, expect torrential downpours with a much as 30mm of rainfall in one hour and 60mm in three hours".

Experts at the Met Office have issued an amber heatwave alert as children across Kent start their summer holidays.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "The heatwave conditions will continue across much of England, with temperatures into the mid to high-30s Celsius in many places from the Midlands eastwards on Thursday and Friday and it's possible that we could break the all-time United Kingdom record of 38.5 C if conditions all come together".

Porthmadog in North Wales had held the record for the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 33C (91.4F) on June 28.

It has warned people in Reading, Berkshire and the south east to stay out of the sun and keep their homes as cool as possible.

Warm temperatures are expected to continue well into August, with Lancashire set to see sunny, dry and warm days throughout the summer holidays.

The all-time United Kingdom high is 38.5C set in August 2003, while the highest recorded temperature for July is 36.7 C at Heathrow on July 1, 2015.

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     BOILING Temperatures are forecast to reach all-time records this week
NET WEATHER BOILING Temperatures are forecast to reach all-time records this week

The all-time United Kingdom high is 38.5C (101.3F) set in August 2003.

Temperatures will be very warm or hot, locally very hot in the east.

There is also a 30% chance that the record for the hottest July day of 36.7C (98F), recorded at Heathrow in 2015, could be broken.

They added that reservoirs for watering vegetables were running dry and livestock owners were having to use winter feed for their animals as summer grass had withered away.

To keep homes cool, the Met Office has advised shading windows and shutting them during the day - which will make sure no hot air comes in.

As temperatures soar above 30C for the third consecutive day, the Met Office has extended the heatwave alert for another 24-hours into the weekend.

But conditions this week have been nearer normal for the time of year in Northern Ireland and western Scotland, which are seeing lower temperatures and rainy spells.

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