Hottest days so far

Britain basked in one of its hottest days of the year so far with temperatures reaching a high of 26C yesterday and possibly hitting 30C today.

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UK enjoys hottest day of the year so far

by ITV London Weather Presenter - Martin Stew

It's been officially the hottest day of the year so far - 26.1 C degrees in St James Park.

After such a hot afternoon - heavy showers and risk of thunder is expected overnight and tomorrow morning. Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Giraffe relishes on fruit on the hottest day of the year so far. Credit: ITV London/ Martin Stew
London thought to be the hottest region in the UK today. Credit: ITV London/ Martin Stew

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Temperatures up to 26 degrees

A warm day for London Credit: ITN

Britain is expected to bask in its hottest days of the year so far today and tomorrow, forecasters said. Temperatures could reach a high of 26 C (78F) today before possibly hitting 30 C (86F) tomorrow.

But high humidity means many areas could see rain and thunderstorms tomorrow morning and evening and sunshine struggling to break through the cloud.

Temperatures should be high across England and Wales, with the South East seeing the highest temperatures, he said.

The welcome warm blast follows what the Met Office said was the coldest spring since 1962, with a mean temperature across March, April and May of 6C (43F), 1.7C below the long-term average.