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Temperatures set to soar even higher after UK’s hottest day of the year

Several countries have reported record temperatures this week, including France which hit an all-time heat record of 44.3C on Friday.

Soaking up the sun at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)
Soaking up the sun at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

The UK has experienced its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to soar even higher over the weekend.

According to the Met Office, the mercury climbed to 30C (86F) at around 3.50pm at Achnagart in Scotland on Friday, beating 2019’s previous hottest day of 28.8C (84F) on June 2.

Hot weather covered the length and breadth of the country, with Porthmadog in Wales also seeing a temperature of 29.5C (85F).

Over at Yeovilton, near the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, conditions reached a warm 28.3C (83F), but were still some way off 2017’s record temperature of 31.2C (88F).

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People enjoy the sunshine on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset (Steve Parsons/PA)

The rising heat is in part due to warm air originating from northern Africa that has brought a scorching heatwave to a large swathe of Europe.

Several countries have reported record temperatures this week, including France which hit an all-time heat record of 44.3C (111F) on Friday.

NHS England and emergency services have issued warnings to the British public to take care in the hot conditions, with temperatures expected to touch a nearly recording breaking 35C on Saturday.

It follows the death of 12-year-old Shukri Yahya Abdi who drowned in the River Irwell in Bury on Thursday.

Greater Manchester Police issued a warning about the dangers of cooling off in water in the warm weather.

The fire services in Greater Manchester and Lancashire also urged the public not to light BBQs, start fires or discard smoking materials in the local countryside.

Its warning comes exactly a year on from the start of the wildfire that ravaged moorland on Winter Hill in Lancashire for 41 days.

Other emergency services across the country have shared warnings and advice to stay safe, cool and hydrated during the hot conditions.

The RSPCA has urged people to call 999 if they find a dog left alone in a car.

England’s most senior nurse called on the public to help children, the elderly and other vulnerable people at risk of being affected by the heat.

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: “Like lots of people I’m looking forward to having fun in the sun with family and friends this weekend, but nobody wants to spend a pleasant day stuck in a hospital or urgent treatment centre.

“So whether you’re going to be out in the garden like me or heading off to Glastonbury, it’s really important to take simple precautions like drinking plenty of water, using high-factor sunscreen and remembering to take allergy medication if you need it – as is making sure to check in on neighbours and loved ones who can suffer the most from heat and pollen.”

According to NHS England almost 3,000 people were admitted to hospital because of heat-related ailments in 2017/18, including 632 with severe sunburn, 100 cases of heat exhaustion and 223 cases of sun and heat-stroke.

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Festival goers in the hot weather on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset (Yui Mok/PA)

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said final top temperatures for Friday in the UK could be even higher before the day ended.

It will be followed by a mild night, with temperatures in the mid to high teens, before the sunshine returns on Saturday.

An area stretching from London, up through Cambridgeshire and towards the Wash in East Anglia will see the hottest conditions.

Temperatures could reach 34C or possibly 35C, edging close to the hottest ever June day record of 35.6C (96F) set in 1976.

“It’s not entirely certain but there’s at least a 40% chance that we could see the hottest June day on record tomorrow,” Mr Partridge said.

Temperatures across the rest of the country will also be warm on Saturday, pushing close to 30C (86F) in Bristol and Yorkshire and hitting the low to mid 20 degrees Celsius in other parts.

Glastonbury festival-goers will also enjoy dry and sunny weather.

Mr Partridge said: “Make sure you seek out some shade wherever you can, make sure you’ve got plenty of water. Enjoy it but don’t overdo it.

“Make sure you don’t get burnt because UV levels are very high this time of year.”

The forecaster said fresher conditions on Sunday will see temperatures in the south east drop by 10 degrees to around 24 or 25C (77F).

There will be some showers in the north west, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but mainly it will be dry with sunny spells.

England and Wales will see temperatures in the high teens or low 20s, with a lot of humidity and generally fresher feel to the weather.

The outlook for early next week is mostly dry with slightly below average temperatures that will rise as the week goes on.

Mr Partridge said: “Although we’re losing the heat we’re not seeing the end of the good weather.”

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