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Parts Of The UK Will Be Hotter Than Tenerife Today As Temperatures Soar

Jake Massey

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Parts Of The UK Will Be Hotter Than Tenerife Today As Temperatures Soar

Start making up your excuses to get off work early folks, because it's gonna be a scorcher - with parts of the UK set to be hotter than Tenerife.

The popular holiday destination is expected to reach highs of 29 degrees Celsius today (Wednesday), but temperatures in some areas of the UK will surpass that. The all-important question then, is which areas?

The heatwave will continue in the UK today. Credit: PA
The heatwave will continue in the UK today. Credit: PA

Sadly for any Inverness-based readers, I'm afraid you won't top that (though I'm sure you'll take 21C) - it is of course London and the surrounding areas of south east England that will enjoy the best of it. There, temperatures are expected to peak between 33C and 36C.

I mean, I like it hot but that's just too hot.

Don't get upset if you live elsewhere in the UK though, as hot and sunny weather is predicted for most of us: the likes of Manchester, Norwich and Birmingham will reach 31C (which is still hotter than Tenerife), while at the cooler end Newcastle, Plymouth and Belfast will reach 22C.

The UK is in the midst of a heatwave, and Friday saw 36.4C recorded at Heathrow and Kew Gardens - the hottest August day since 10 August 2003 (38.5C, Faversham) - while 34.5C was recorded on Saturday and 34C on Sunday.

Friday's peak was not far off the UK record of 38.7C, which was recorded at Cambridge Botanic Garden on 25 July last year.

Having said all this, a Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms remains in place for the majority of the UK, with an amber warning in place for parts of east Scotland.

Met Office meteorologist, Aidan McGivern, said: "The humidity will set off further storms. Once again, these are scattered, fairly randomly distributed thunderstorms. It's called popcorn convection - so if you imagine you're heating some popcorn and they're just popping off fairly randomly.

"Western Scotland and Northern Ireland are the most likely places to avoid any thunderstorms or outbreaks of rain, staying largely clear."

As many of you probably know from last night, mid-heatwave storms aren't the best for sleeping in -'cause it's hot and loud - and Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey has warned that these will become more common.

She said: "With climate change and a warming climate, we will see more tropical nights. There's no doubt about that.

"Heatwaves are more likely and so as well as warmer days, we are going to see warmer nights."

Best get popping some socks in the fridge now then (don't knock it till you've tried it).

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Weather, UK News

Jake Massey
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