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South set to sizzle on hottest day of year

England and Wales could today enjoy the hottest day of the year so far, as a spell of unusually warm weather continues.

Forecasters said there is potential for the temperature to climb above this year's current record of 26.5C, recorded in Writtle, Essex on Monday.

Temperatures over the last week or so have been up to four or five degrees higher than average for the UK in June.

It's good news for revellers at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Met Office Chief Forecaster, Paul Gundersen, said: "We expect it to be warm and dry with long sunny spells, which is great news for festival-goers, who should prepare for the nicer weather by packing sun cream and ensuring they keep hydrated throughout."

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