Warmest day of year coming to the UK this week, as country braces for heatwave

Brits can at last get ready for some proper sun with the hottest day of the year only days away, according to meteorologists.

Weather forecasters from the Met Office have revealed that the mercury could soar to 33C and even beyond on Friday (June 17) as the continental heatwave finally arrives on our shores.

The south east of England is most likely to see temperatures reach these highs, with current forecasts showing a lower 28C in the north and 24C in Wales.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Rudman, said; “Temperatures will rise through the week, becoming well above-average by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to reach 30C or even 33C in isolated spots.

“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is still unusual for temperature to exceed these values in June.

"Many areas will also see some warm nights with temperatures expected to be in the mid to high teens overnight.”

The spell of warm weather comes as some air from the current heatwave in Spain, where temperatures reached a shocking 43C at the weekend.

Officials in the Iberian peninsula have issued severe heat warnings for the next few days as the unusually hot weather continues to take its toll.

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Medics back home meanwhile have asked the public to prepare for the sunny weather by checking on old people and those with certain illnesses.

Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, 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.”

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