BRITS have been enjoying soaring temperatures that have coincided with the World Cup – but will the good weather continue into first week of Wimbledon?
Here’s what we know about the heatwave and UK’s latest weather forecast.
2018 Ben Stevens / i-Images A heatwave hit the capital over the weekend
How hot will it be today?
July 6 will be largely dry with more sunny spells.
But many will be relieved as some rain is forecast with scattered showers and possibly some thunderstorms forecast for the South East.
Those struggling in the heat in the North West will also feel a bit cooler than previous days.
Temperatures are set to be into the mid-20s for most with the highest temperatures around the country reaching around 29C.
June 28 broke the barrier as the hottest day of the year so far with the mercury hitting 32.6C in Porthmadog – the fourth record-breaking day in a row.
And the coming weekend could be even hotter with forecasters predicting it could be the warmest of the year.
What’s the UK weather forecast for the rest of the week?
Forecasters have warned Britain’s heatwave could end in thundery downpours by the time the weekend is over.
The Met Office predictions for the coming days are:
Friday – Low cloud will quickly clear then most places will be fine, dry and very warm with plenty of sunshine. However, isolated showers are possible in Northern Ireland and south east England.
Saturday to Monday – Dry and very warm with sunshine in most areas. However, cloudier in the far north and north west with a little patchy rain and drizzle at times and a cooler feel.
Sun Some were lucky enough to be able to enjoy the warm weather
What is a heatwave?
The World Meteorological Organisation definition of a heatwave is “when the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5C, the normal period being 1961-1990”.
They are most common in summer when high pressure develops across an area.
High-pressure systems are slow moving and can persist over an area for a prolonged period of time such as days or weeks.
They can occur in the UK due to the location of the jet stream, which is usually to the north of the UK in the summer.
This can allow high pressure to develop over the UK resulting in persistent dry and settled weather.
When was the hottest heatwave in UK history?
The scorching summer of 1976 was the hottest summer since records began.
It led to a severe drought owing to the exceptionally dry conditions, although it is thought that 1995 was drier.
In the summer of 1976, Heathrow had 16 consecutive days over 30C from June 23 to July 8, and for 15 consecutive days from June 23 to July 7 temperatures reached 32.2C somewhere in England.
But the single hottest temperature of 38.5C was set on August 10, 2003.