BRITS are set to sizzle in scorching 34C temperatures this weekend as a Saharan bubble heatwave continues to grip the UK.
Met Office forecasters have predicted highs of 34C by Saturday afternoon – just shy of the hottest June temperature of 35.6C recorded in 1976.
Forecasters have predicted “fine and dry” conditions for much of the UK with temperatures set to stay in the high 20s for the rest of the week after yesterday’s glorious sunshine and 28C highs.
Very hot conditions are predicted for the east of England with “temperatures threatening June UK records” the Met Office said.
Areas further west of the UK will experience slightly cloudier conditions and chances of a few showers.
By Sunday, a cold front will move east bringing cooler and fresher air – though warm weather is still expected in the southeast.
It’s also good news for Glastonbury revellers at Somerset’s Worthy Farm today.
Brits in Scotland, Northern Ireland and South East England especially are in for a sunny treat today.
Craig Snell, a Met Office forecaster, told The Sun Online: “In Scotland, Northern Ireland, and South East England there is plenty of sunshine to be had.
“Temperatures on the South coast will reach 26C or 27C.
“However, along the North Sea coast the clouds will linger there and places like Norwich will see temperatures in the high teens.
“Pollen levels will be very high across the UK.
“UV levels will also be high, so take sensible precaution if you are out in the sun.”
The mercury will continue to stay in the high-20s in Glastonbury – giving festival-goers a reprieve after some arriving earlier this week were caught in the mud.
That trend will only continue into the rest of the week.
Mr Snell said: “On Friday temperatures will continue to climb with another sunny day across the board.
“Temperatures will go up a notch in North Somerset and Wales as it could tip to 30C.
“It will be a hot day for Glastonbury.”
The hottest day of the week will be Saturday as the mercury will comfortably go above 30C in some places – but it won’t reach the record temperature of 35C.
Mr Snell said: “The heat will move towards the East and by that stage London towards Lincolnshire will reach 31C or 32C.
“Some places may possibly reach 33C, but as of now we are safe from hitting the June record of 35.6C.
“It will still certainly be the hottest spell of weather this year.”
Met Office forecasters have warned of a “danger to life” as a 33C African heatwave sweeps in on Saturday.
The Saharan scorcher has emergency services “on alert” with healthcare professionals working around the clock to “ensure readiness” for the blistering weather.
A Met Office health advice page warned: “Healthcare services will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.
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“Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease.”
Mr Snell said: “The heat at the end of this week can be traced back to North Africa, but that heat has seeped into Spain and France, which will see record-breaking temperatures.
“That will then seep into the UK as we go into Friday and Saturday.”
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