Britain will bask in a scorching heatwave this weekend as today is expected to be the hottest day in June – but it could still bring thunderstorms in some areas.
The Met Office have said London could be hotter than the Caribbean and Hawaii, possibly breaking June’s 35.6C UK record, set on June 29, 1957, in London.
If it breaks the record, it could be the hottest June day for 178 years.
Hot and sunny weather is expected to peak across central, east and south-east part of England.
The far west and northwestern part of the UK will see a cooler and breezy weather as temperature stays around 22C on average.
Glastonbury-goers are warned to wear sunscreen, seek shade, wear a hat, drink water as the festival soared to a sizzling 30C.
But outbreaks of rain and the risk of a few thunderstorms could take place across eastern Scotland and northeastern England later.
On Sunday, temperatures will drop to a cool and pleasant 24C with scattered showers developing in the north and the far west part of the UK.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “The vast majority of the UK will stay dry with sunny spells but the temperatures will be a talking point.
“Eastern Scotland will see a big jump in temperatures into the mid even high 20s across parts of Aberdeen.”
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.
France recorded its all-time hottest temperature, a sweltering 44.3C on Friday as ‘a tongue of fire’ inches closer to the UK.
Officials in Paris have installed hundreds of extra water fountains in a bid to prevent a repeat of 2003 tragedy which resulted in hundreds of casualties.
Meanwhile, massive forest fire is spreading through Catalonia, northern Spain, after manure self-ignited and triggered a 10,000-acre wildfire.
Hundreds of firefighters attempted to control the conflagration as helicopters dumped water on the fires which raged some 80km (50 miles) inland from the coastal town of Tarragona.
Met Office five day forecast:
Hot and sunny across central, eastern and southeast England with some very high temperatures. Somewhat cloudier and cooler across the far west and northwest of the UK. A risk of a few thunderstorms across eastern Scotland and northeast England later.
Any thunderstorms will clear northeastern areas. Most places will be dry overnight, though some showers possible across the northwest. The southeast of England staying warm and humid, but fresher elsewhere.
Cloudier compared to recent days, though still some spells of strong sunshine. Scattered showers developing, largely in the north and far west. Cooler, but still feeling pleasant in any sunshine.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Breezy on Monday with showers in the north and west. Tuesday and Wednesday look largely fine with plenty of sunny spells. Temperatures near normal, but feeling cool in the northwest.