Weather: Hottest day of the year so far with 29.3 °C before 34 °C Scorcher

Britain records its hottest day of the year at 29.3°C ahead of 34°C scorcher

The mini-heatwave is expected to peak on Friday (Pictures: PA)

Britain recorded its second hottest straight day of the year on Thursday, before mercury is expected to rise again to a muggy 34C on Friday.

A high of 29.3C was recorded at Heathow and Kew Gardens in London on Thursday, beating the 28.2C recorded at Kew on Wednesday, a record high for the year so far.

The south east will sizzle in 34C heat on Friday, with much of England and Wales expecting temperatures of 27C to 30C – making the country hotter than parts of Jamaica and the Maldives.

But experts – some of whom attribute the heat to climate change – have warned people of the dangers of the exceptionally hot weather.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock (12988479h) At the start of a brief heatwave, people relax in Green Park. Heatwave weather in Green Park., Green Park, London, UK - 16th June 2022

At the start of a brief heatwave, people relax in Green Park (Picture: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock (12988480a) Summer dresses, sun hats and shorts - Heatwave weather is making life on the tube uncomfortable. Heatwave weather makes tube life uncomfortable., London Underground, London, UK - 16 June 2022

Life on the tube might be a little less comfortable in the scorching heat (Image: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock (12988479f) Ice Cream in the Sun - At the start of a brief heatwave, people relax in Green Park. Heatwave weather in Green Park., Green Park, London, UK - 16th June 2022

A family enjoys an ice cream in the park (Image: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock (12988479a) At the start of a brief heatwave, people relax in Green Park. Heatwave weather in Green Park., Green Park, London, UK - 16th June 2022

Beaches and green spaces are packed with people enjoying the sun (Image: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock)

LYME REGIS, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: People enjoy the hot weather at the beach on June 16, 2022 in Lyme Regis, England. Hot air sourced from North Africa and flowing through Spain is bringing temperatures of up to 32C to the UK in the coming days. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Hot air originating in North Africa traveling through Spain brings hot weather to the UK (Picture: Getty)

LYME REGIS, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman reads a book in the shade on the beach on June 16, 2022 in Lyme Regis, England. Hot air sourced from North Africa and flowing through Spain is bringing temperatures of up to 32C to the UK in the coming days. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

A woman reads a book in the shade on Lyme Regis beach (Image: Getty)

LYME REGIS, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: People enjoy the hot weather at the beach on June 16, 2022 in Lyme Regis, England. Hot air sourced from North Africa and flowing through Spain is bringing temperatures of up to 32C to the UK in the coming days. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

People enjoying the hot weather on the beach (Picture: Getty)

LYME REGIS, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A couple eat ice cream while walking the Promenade on June 16, 2022 in Lyme Regis, England. Hot air sourced from North Africa and flowing through Spain is bringing temperatures of up to 32C to the UK in the coming days. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

A couple eat ice cream while strolling the boardwalk (Image: Getty)

LYME REGIS, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: People enjoy the hot weather at the beach on June 16, 2022 in Lyme Regis, England. Hot air sourced from North Africa and flowing through Spain is bringing temperatures of up to 32C to the UK in the coming days. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

The temperature is set to rise even higher on Friday (Picture: Getty)

Ione Crawforth (left) and Esmae Crawforth (right) enjoy the hot weather on Bridlington Beach in Yorkshire. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Ione Crawforth (left) and Esmae Crawforth (right) enjoy the hot weather on Bridlington beach in Yorkshire (Picture: PA)

Britain’s highest recorded June temperature was 35.6 °C at Southampton’s Mayflower Park in June 1976.

Before Wednesday, the hottest day so far this year was the 27.5C set at Heathrow in mid-May.

Patchy rain is set to hit parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday, which the Met Office said will strengthen for western Scotland in the evening.

Two women picnic in hot weather in St James's Park in London, Thursday June 16, 2022. Temperatures are expected to hit 28 degrees Celsius in London today as heatwave conditions continue. (AP Photo/David Cliff)

Two women picnic in hot weather in St James’s Park, London (Image: AP)

A woman sunbathes in a deck chair in hot weather in St James's Park in London, Thursday June 16, 2022. Temperatures are expected to hit 28 degrees Celsius (82F) in London today as heatwave conditions continue. (AP Photo/David Cliff)

A woman sunbathes in a lounge chair as the heatwave continues (Image: AP)

A man sunbathes in hot weather in Hyde Park in London, Thursday June 16, 2022. Temperatures are expected to hit 28 degrees Celsius (82F) in London today as heatwave conditions continue. (AP Photo/David Cliff)

CA man sunbathes in hot weather in Hyde Park (Image: AP)

The highest temperature Scotland can expect in the afternoon is 22C, while Northern Ireland will struggle to get above 19C. Wales may see highs of 24C.

Jason Kelly, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said the “unusual” weather could make sleeping uncomfortable, as overnight temperatures are expected to be in the high teens or low 20s.

“Health consequences of rising temperatures are serious”

dr Radhika Khosla, from the University of Oxford, said: “The health impacts of rising temperatures in the UK are serious.

“Important physiological changes occur in response to high temperatures, including changes in our circulatory, nervous, and respiratory systems.

“If these adaptive measures are not sufficient, the risk of cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular problems increases in older adults, young children, people with chronic illnesses, athletes and outdoor workers.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Martin Dalton/REX/Shutterstock (12988375c) People are moving to the seaside town of Southend on Sea to make the most of the extremely hot weather sweeping across southern England, where temperatures are expected to reach over 30C the next few days. Essex seasonal weather, Southend on Sea, Essex, UK - 16th June 2022

People are moving to the seaside town of Southend on Sea to make the most of the hot weather (Image: Martin Dalton/Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Martin Dalton/REX/Shutterstock (12988375t) People are moving to the seaside town of Southend on Sea to take advantage of the extremely hot weather sweeping across southern England, where temperatures are expected to reach over 30C in the next few days. Essex seasonal weather, Southend on Sea, Essex, UK - 16th June 2022

Temperatures of over 30C are expected for the next few days (Image: Martin Dalton/Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Martin Dalton/REX/Shutterstock (12988375k) People are moving to the seaside town of Southend on Sea to take advantage of the extremely hot weather sweeping across southern England, where temperatures in excess of 30C are expected over the next few days . Essex seasonal weather, Southend on Sea, Essex, UK - 16th June 2022

The hottest day of the year was exceeded on three consecutive days this week (Image: Martin Dalton/Rex/Shutterstock)

“Excessive heat disrupts sleep, impairs cognitive function, and is associated with an increased risk of suicide or hospitalization for mental illness.”

dr Vikki Thompson, climate scientist at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, said: “Heatwaves are one of the deadliest natural hazards, with 3,000 deaths in the UK in 2021 linked to heatwaves.

“Health-related health problems include direct effects, such as heatstroke and cardiovascular failure, and indirect effects, such as poorer mental health and an increase in accidents such as car accidents and drowning.”

Heat warning issued for England

The UK Health Safety Authority (UKHSA) has issued a Level 2 heat alert for much of southern and central England and a Level 1 alert for northern England.

dr Mark McCarthy, Head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, said: “Reaching 34°C in June is a rare but not unprecedented event in the historical climate record for the UK.

“But if it were to happen this week, it would be remarkable that it would have happened in three days over the last six June.”

Prof Hannah Cloke, from the University of Reading, said: “Despite the official warnings, some people still underestimate the effects of heat and are not changing their plans to take it into account.

“We need to consider how people are reacting to the current warnings and continue to improve them. A warning system that people ignore is next to useless.

“Thousands of people are already dying from excessive heat in the UK and climate change will only make heat waves more frequent and extreme in the future. Let’s not wait for people to die before taking heat waves seriously.”

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