What was the hottest day on record in UK? Could this heatwave beat it?

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Scorching temperatures are baking the UK this week, with an extreme heat warning issued by the Met Office. Brits have been heading to beaches, parks and enjoying the sunshine in their gardens as summer finally arrives. With the next few days due to continuing to bring the heat, could the UK see the hottest day on record?

Temperatures have reached above 30C in recent days, with Northern Ireland seeing the hottest temperature ever recorded.

On Saturday, Ballywatticock in County Down, Northern Ireland saw the mercury soar to 31.2C.

Previously the highest temperature recorded in Northern Ireland was 30.8C on July 12, 1983 and June 30, 1976.

So what is the hottest day on record for England?

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The hottest day on record for England was in June 1976, when another heatwave struck.

Across 16 consecutive days from June 23 to July 8 temperatures soared to over 30C near Heathrow.

The hottest temperature recorded in 1976 was 35.6C in Southampton on June 28.

Met Office’s Martin Bowles told the Manchester Evening News a few years ago: “In 1976 the hot weather was very long-lasting. It was dry from March until September, for six months.”

Could this year’s heatwave beat record temperatures?

Already one record has been broken for Northern Ireland, but it seems unlikely for temperatures to beat the staggering 35.6C set in 1976.

However, over the weekend, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales recorded the hottest days of the year so far.

Up to 33C could be possible in some western areas, but this is still a far cry from the record-breaking 35.6C.

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Steven Ramsdale, from the Met Office, said: “The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week.

“Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focuses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.”

The Met Office’s amber extreme heat warning expires at 11.59pm on Thursday, with temperatures looking to decline towards the weekend.

Britain could see thunderstorms and rain during the heat, with a thunderstorm warning in place on Tuesday.

Met Office five day warning

Today

Good deal of cloud affecting coastal districts in the north, whilst other areas will have a good deal of sunshine and turning hot again across central, southern and western parts.

Risk of thunderstorms developing over eastern areas of England later.

Tonight

Heavy showers and thunderstorms over east and southeast England slowly fading, then dry with clear periods, but low cloud and hill fog affecting northeast England and eastern Scotland.

Wednesday

Another dry and sunny day for many areas, once low cloud clears back to the coast in the north-east.

The high temperatures may trigger isolated heavy showers in the afternoon.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday

Hot in the west on Thursday but turning more unsettled from the south as rain, perhaps thundery, moves north Friday night into Saturday. Remaining drier and brighter in the northwest.

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