The Met Office has officially confirmed that today is the hottest recorded day of the year so far in the UK.
Temperatures have hit a record 31°C at Heathrow Airport in London and are expected to continue to climb even higher over the coming hours.
It’s believed that the hottest day of the year could be recorded three times over this week.
Higher temperatures are also expected to peak on Thursday.
Although this is the highest recorded temperature so far this year, the Met Office believes it’s unlikely that we will come close to / or exceed the hottest June day ever recorded.
The highest UK maximum June temperature is 35.6°C – set in Southampton on 28th June 1976.
These predicted temperatures prompted the Met Office to issue a level two heat alert for most of England.
The Met Office defines a heatwave as “an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity” and the heatwave threshold, which varies depending on location, is reached when daily maximum temperatures are met or exceeded for three consecutive days.
For more information, please refer to the Met Office website here.