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Hottest day of the year so far as temperatures reach 31°C

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Hottest day of the year so far as temperatures reach 31°C

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:42pm 24th June 2020.

Today is the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures reached 31°C (87.8°F) at Heathrow Airport.

It is the highest temperature of 2020 - hotter than Barcelona and Ibiza - but does not quite beat the June record of 35.6°C (96°F) set in 1976 in Southampton, when Britain was hotter than Miami and Cuba.

Parts of Surrey and Hampshire are not far behind the hottest temperatures- according to Farnborough Weather Station, it is currently 30 degrees celsius. 

As the scorching weather set in, the Met Office issued a UV warning with "very high" levels of eight out of nine.

Britons have been told to be in the shade between 11am and 3pm with a shirt, sunscreen and hat "essential".

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said:

"The sun is as strong as it gets at the moment because we're so close to the solstice.

"We've got peak sun strength, clear skies, plenty of sunshine - it's the perfect ingredients for high UV."

Wednesday's warmth beats the previous record for the hottest day of the year - 28.9°C (46°F) - which was recorded at the end of May.

Shoppers have been advised to be aware they could be forced to spend extra time in the sun as they queue outside shops due to social distancing.

Dr Lynn Thomas, medical director at St John Ambulance, said shoppers should look out for "headache and dizziness" as early warning signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

But it will not last long, with a yellow thunderstorm warning issued across most of the UK from Friday at midday, lasting until Saturday morning as showers or longer spells of rain are expected through the weekend.