It’s going to be a scorching 34C today, but will the heatwave last all weekend?

Britain in the Sun

Britain gets hotter than Maldives and Costa Rice (Image: Getty/PA)

Britain’s heatwave is set to peak today with scorching temperatures of up to 34C on what has been dubbed ‘Fiery Friday’.

The Met Office said London and possibly some places in East Anglia are the closest to reaching that high, making it the hottest day of the year for the third straight day.

It’s not just the South where it’s going to be scorching. The mercury will hit 27-30C in most parts of England and Wales, putting the UK on par with Ibiza and Cyprus and hotter than tropical destinations like Costa Rica and the Maldives.

It comes after a high of 29.5C was recorded in Northolt, west London on Thursday, beating the high of 28.2C recorded in Kew Gardens on Wednesday.

The hot weather coincides with the races at Royal Ascot and in a change to counteract the rising heat, men are allowed to remove their jackets and ties for the first time.

Organizers have also announced that visitors will be able to bring water and soft drinks with them for the first time.

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Mercury will peak at 34C in London and the South East today (Picture: Getty)

While the scorching temperatures sometimes feel a little too much, sun seekers should make the most of the good weather, with rain and clouds forecast from tomorrow.

But if you’re planning on spending Friday working in your garden from home, remember to put on sunscreen so you don’t end up like this guy.

Consumer advocates Which? warned against expensive mineral-based sunscreens after an investigation found they didn’t offer the level of protection advertised on their packaging.

Natalie Hitchins, which ones? Head of Home Products and Services, said: “Our advice is don’t waste money and don’t take unnecessary risks – stick with a tried and trusted sunscreen.

“We’ve found plenty of highly effective, cheap sunscreens available on the high street so you don’t have to squirt profusely to protect you and your loved ones in the sun.”

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Temperatures are set to hit 27-30C in most of England and Wales (Image: PA)

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Britain has experienced a rare heatwave (Image: Reuters)

A heat health alert has been issued across much of the country due to the hot weather.

This serves as an early warning system to indicate periods of high temperatures that may affect the health of the population.

People are urged to check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors.

Meanwhile, the fire brigade warns of an increased risk of fire due to the heat wave.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it had attended more than 1,430 grass and open land fires across the city this year, including hundreds in home gardens.

Brigade Deputy Fire Safety Officer Charlie Pugsley asked people to think carefully about where they host their summer barbecues.

A woman sunbathes in a deck chair in hot weather in St James's Park, London

Today is the last sun before Saturday takes a colder turn (Image: AP)

He said: “We want people to enjoy the glorious weather and to do so safely.

“Grilling on dry grass is reckless and can easily cause a really serious fire – damaging the immediate area and endangering nearby properties.

“We’re also asking people to think twice about balcony grilling.

“It’s easier than you might think for a balcony fire to spread to others, which could not only leave you homeless but also displace hundreds of your neighbors.”

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