Brits to bask in 28C sun today before extreme heat kicks in later this week
Temperatures in the UK could hit a scorching 28C today (July 13) before "extreme heat" kicks in towards the end of the week with the potential to bring the hottest day the UK has ever seen.
The current UK record is 38.7C, set in Cambridge in 2019, but forecasters say there is a 30% chance that high mark could be shattered in the coming days.
From today until Friday (July 15), northern regions are expecting some rain, although temperatures elsewhere will be in the high 20s.
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Looking at today, Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: "Some showers running in across western Scotland towards more central areas and one or two clipping the far north of Northern Ireland.
"But for the bulk of England and Wales it is a fine day with some warm sunshine, and even some brighter weather coming through as any showers die away across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
"In the South East the temperatures still climbing towards 27C, 28C, further north though we will see around 18C to 21C, pleasantly warm in that sunshine sheltered from the wind coming in from the west."
However, the Met Office has issued an amber "extreme heat" warning predicting "exceptionally high temperatures" from Sunday (July 17) into next week, with fears that the mercury may venture above 40C, reports the Mirror.
The warning covers much of England and Wales, saying there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness with adverse health effects not just limited to the most vulnerable.
High temperatures could also impact transportation with road closures, delays and cancellations to rail and air travel.
Forecaster Matthew Box said: "As we get into Sunday it looks like we could see temperatures rise into the high 20s and into the low 30s as well but potentially a few spots getting 34C or 35C by Sunday and probably the same again on Monday.
"We could see by Monday temperatures getting towards the mid or high 30s and there's about a 30% chance we could see the UK record broken, most likely on Monday at the moment."
High temperatures may also last into Tuesday (July 19) as the country melts.
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"It's looking like things are going to become hot or very hot as we go through the weekend and into next week," Mr Box added.
He explained the heatwave is a result of hot air flowing to the UK from the continent.
He said: "What happens as we get into the weekend, the high pressure becomes centred to the east of the UK and that allow a southerly flow of air to drag up, the very warm air that's over France at the moment, and drag it northwards to the UK over the weekend, perhaps more so on Sunday and into Monday."
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