UK weather: Brits hit beaches and parks on 29C scorcher as mini heatwave to bring hottest day of year TOMORROW | The Sun
BRITS have stormed beaches up and down the country today as temperatures hit a sweltering 29C amid a mini heatwave that is set to bring the hottest day of the year TOMORROW.
The UK recorded the hottest day of the year for the second day in a row as the mercury soared – smashing Wednesday's 27.8C scorcher.
It comes as forecasters are predicting baking highs of 34C on what is being labelled "Fiery Friday" – which could see the hottest day of the year smashed for a third day in a row if correct.
Much of the south east sizzled in temperatures over 28C on Thursday, while the north of England settled for ever so slightly cooler temperatures.
Brits were pictured flooding parks and riversides, chowing down on ice creams to cool off in the sweltering climes.
The simmering temperatures have been caused by high pressure and roasting 40C air flowing up from Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula.
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It comes as the Met Office issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert today and an expert warned of a "rare climate change event".
Level 3 means hot weather could increase the health risks to the vulnerable.
That follows yesterday's decision by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency to issue a level two heat-health alert on Wednesday.
A level two warning – called alert and readiness – was put in place for a large part of southern and central England.
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These are triggered when there is a 60 percent risk that temperature thresholds will be reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night.
The heatwave temperature threshold varies in each county – in the UK it is between 25C and 28C.
Incredibly, the soaring heat ended up "melting" the tarmac on one road on Wednesday- forcing it to close for two hours.
Suffolk Police said the busy A140 had to be shut temporarily because it had become "unsafe".
Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, told Brits to look out for the vulnerable as the mercury rises.
He said: “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.”
As Thursday draws to a close, mild and humid weather is expected in the south with some fog in the west.
And there will be outbreaks of rain in northern areas.
Southeast England may well hold on to the heat Saturday, with temperatures potentially in the low to mid thirties again.
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Despite Friday's forecasted scorcher – it will not be the hottest on record.
You have to wind back the clocks to 1976 for the hottest June date ever, which saw Southampton Mayflower Park sizzle to 35.6C on June 28 that year.
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