Met Office issues UK heatwave alert on hottest day of the year at 33.3C

UK weather LIVE: HOTTEST day of year hits at 33.3C – Met Office warns ‘stay out of sun’

UK weather forecasters have told Britons to “stay out of the sun” from now until Friday in a Met Office amber heatwave alert as it recorded the hottest day of the year today. The warning is in place until 9am Friday as temperatures continue to sizzle.

Britain is baking in some of the highest temperatures for more than 100 years this week as forecasters warn temperatures could soar to a sweltering 35C.

Today the mercury rose to 33.3C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, making it the hottest day of the year, according to the Met Office.

The Met Office level-3 heatwave action warning urges people to keep away from the sun between 11am and 3pm as temperatures are predicted to hit 30C (86F) during the day, and 15C (59F) at night.

But while the highest of the year so far, today’s temperature is still some way short of the the 38.5C record set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

Either way, Britain is facing its hottest summer in 100 years.

Dubbed the ‘Mediterrranean melt’, the scorching summer is delivering an “off-the-scale” school holidays heatwave – hotter than Jamaica.

And the 2018 record temperature of 33.5C could be eclipsed later this week with predictions of up to 35C.

The hottest summer on record was 1976, where for 15 days towards the end of June, temperatures in all parts of Britain topped 32C.

Before today, the hottest day of the year was set on June 28 at Porthmadog, north Wales.

The hot spell is set to continue next week after a slight temporary easing on Saturday and Sunday.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It looks brutally hot. Forecast models show 36C is possible – which is so hot it’s off the scale on some computer model charts.”

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge added: “It’s getting warmer and we could see 35C by Thursday.

“Monday and Tuesday look like 32C, with 34C possible on Wednesday and a good chance of over 34.5C by Thursday, and Friday similar.

“Heat will arrive from the south, passing over the continent. It will be hottest in the South and East.”

The Government earlier issued a amber level 3 heat health warning.

One below, tier 4 national emergency plans, the warning has ordered community groups to ‘activate community emergency plans,’ hospitals to expect to be busier than usual and compelled health staff to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

The Met Office has advised people in the warning area to avoid direct exposure to the sun, keep their homes cool and stay hydrated to protect themselves from heat related illness.

The amber heatwave warning is in place across the Midlands, the East and South East of England, and London, while a yellow warning has been issued for Yorkshire and the Humber and the South West.

The Met Office warned: “Temperatures will be very warm or hot, locally very

“Yorkshire and Humber and southwest England will also see temperatures rise through the week, but with cloud and outbreaks of rain affecting the north and west, there is a lower risk of thresholds being reached.

“There is a chance that Alerts will need to be downgraded and/or extended for the end of the week, however confidence is currently low and this will be reviewed through the week.”

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