It’s officially the hottest day of the year and it’s only getting warmer

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The hottest day of the year was recorded in Britain as Brits continue to enjoy warmer temperatures than Portugal and Costa Rica.

It comes as a Level 3 heat health alert has been issued for much of southern and central England.

Temperatures of 28°C were recorded at St James Park in London today, after highs of 27.8°C at Heathrow earlier in the day.

The heatwave in parts of Britain will develop into a ‘crescendo’ on Friday as temperatures soar to a sweltering 34C.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “We are under high pressure at the moment so there is a certain amount of natural, indigenous heat building up because we obviously have clear skies and fairly dry ground conditions across southern England.

“We also have warmer air from southern Europe, where there has been a major heat incident, particularly in Iberia, leading to the kind of crescendo that we will see on Friday.

‘We got the heat building day by day.’

The hottest day of the year so far was 27.5 °C, peaking in mid-May at Heathrow.

A couple pedal boats along the River Avon in warm weather in Warwick. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

Already high heat will reach a ‘crescendo’ on Friday, forecasters say (Image: PA)
A Londoner uses a makeshift hat to beat the heat (Image: Martyn Wheatley / i-Images)

When the heat rises People have been urged to check on elderly relatives and vulnerable loved ones.

Agostinho Sousa, head of the Department for Extreme Events and Public Health at the UK Health Agency, said people should be wary of heat exhaustion.

He said: “In hot weather, it is particularly important to monitor those most at risk, such as the elderly and those with heart or lung conditions.

“Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health tips to beat the heat.”

The Heat Health Alert is currently an early warning system for periods of high temperatures that could affect public health.

It is designed to help healthcare professionals manage periods of extreme temperatures.

The Heat-Health Alert Service operates from 1 June to 15 September each year in England in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

The St. John Ambulance first aid and health service has also issued some tips for coping with the hot weather.

The medical director, Dr. Lynn Thomas, said: “When you’re out in the sun it’s important to take care of yourself by staying hydrated, staying out of the sun at peak times and wearing sunscreen with at least SPF30.

Two women sit in deckchairs as people enjoy the warm weather in Green Park, London. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It’s officially the hottest day of the year and it’s only getting warmer (Image: PA)
A mini-heatwave brought high temperatures across parts of the UK today (Image: Met Office)

“I would also encourage anyone with elderly relatives and neighbors to get in touch with them as any rise in temperature can be dangerous.”

Sunbathers have been warned not to overdo it as very high UV levels are expected later in the week.

The heat could also affect road users, with an increased risk of breakdowns.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With the temperature rising very rapidly this week we expect a short sharp spike in breakdowns, particularly in central and southern parts of the UK.

“It is important that drivers do not get caught, so we advise them to check their car’s oil and coolant levels as soon as possible, especially if planning a long drive during the hottest part of the day.

“Riders should also stay hydrated, which has been shown to have a positive effect on their concentration.

“Passengers should also be kept as cool and comfortable as possible, so carry plenty of water and plan enough breaks to avoid heating up an already hot car even more.”

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