UK weather: It's the hottest day - temperatures soar to 37C in Heathrow as people flock to beaches

July 31, 2020

Today is officially the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 37C (98.6F) in Greater London.

The Met Office tweeted: "It's the hottest day of the year so far..... and the temperature will rise further this afternoon."

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey confirmed the highest temperature was recorded in Heathrow, Greater London, on Friday afternoon.

She told Sky News: "Today is the hottest day of the year so far as 37C (98.6F) was reached at Heathrow today.

"Only three days on record have seen temperatures that exceed 37C (98F)!"

However, the soaring temperatures are expected to be short-lived.

The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning for this afternoon, with a yellow warning in place from 4pm until midnight across large parts of east and southeast England where the weather will be at its hottest.

Gusty winds, hail and "frequent lightning strikes" can be expected, which could cause slight damage to buildings.

The Met Office said the storms will be caused by hot air moving in from mainland Europe, some parts of which will be cooler than the UK.

Popular tourist spots across Europe, including Ibiza, Lisbon and Berlin, are expected to reach 33C (91.4F), 30C (86F) and 25C (77F) respectively.

The Met said cooler air is arriving for the weekend as a cold front sweeps the UK in the next 24 hours.

Temperatures are expected to be closer to average tomorrow, but it will still be relatively warm in the South East.

Despite the short spike of hot weather, July has been below average temperature-wise.

"We've not seen a temperature anywhere above 30C (86F) so far or even with a three in it, that is quite unusual for July," a Met spokesman said.

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