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Hottest day of the year - temperatures recorded at Reading University

It's already the hottest day of the year, according to experts at Reading University.

Temperatures are recorded at the University of Reading’s observatory at 9am every morning since 1908.

Today, they recorded the hottest temperature ever at that time at the University – more than 2 degrees hotter than the previous 9am record.

“After an overnight minimum temperature of 18.5 °C, the temperature climbed rapidly to 30.6 °C by 10am on the 1st of July. This was 2.2 °C higher at that time of day than had ever been recorded previously at the university in any month.

The previous record at the University was 28.4 °C on 10 August 2003, which went on to be the hottest day ever in the UK, and in Reading.”

– Dr Roger Brugge
The heat in Reading has been recorded at new highs Credit: PA

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Urgent health warnings issued on hottest day of 2015

A fishing boat in front of the rising sun in the North sea off the Northumberland coast. Credit: PA

Young children, the elderly and those with serious illnesses have been warned to avoid going outside as the UK basks in its hottest day in nine years.

It is the hottest day of the year and temperatures could hit 35C (95F) in London today, while most of Britain will see the mercury hover between 30C (86F) and 33C (91.4C).

Public Health England has warned people to try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, and have called on the public to look out for the elderly, young children and those with serious illnesses.

Independent Age, a charity representing older people, called on the public to check on their elderly neighbours.

Parts of the UK will be hotter than Barcelona and Athens today.

Heatwave: Urgent health warning issued

Urgent health warnings have been issued as Britain is set to experience its hottest day in nine years.

It is the hottest day of the year and temperatures could hit 35C (95F) in London today, while most of Britain will see the mercury hover between 30C (86F) and 33C (91.4C).

Young children, the elderly and those with serious illnesses are at particular risk amid fears the hot weather could lead to hospitalisations and even deaths.

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RNLI warns bathers of swimming risks on hottest day

The RNLI has warned sun-drenched Brits cooling off in the sea to swim at a beach with lifeguards and between the red and yellow flags.

Inexperienced swimmers often get into difficulty in deep, cool water as the sudden temperature change can cause panic.

The UK is sweltering in the hottest day of the year so far today, with temperatures expected to hit 35C (95F) in central London.

Will today's heatwave beat record temperatures in 2003?

The highest ever temperature recorded in the UK was in Faversham in Kent back in 2003.

The hot weather peaked at 38.5C! It's expected to be hot today but the sunshine is not thought to peak higher than the mid-30s.

Despite it only being early in the day, temperatures have been recorded at 32.5C in Heathrow this morning

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Rail firms: Speed restrictions and disruption in hot weather

Rail companies are reporting speed restrictions and disruption on networks caused by the hot weather.

Meerkats cool off as temperatures soar

Meerkats cool off with a water melon treat Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Animals at an Oxfordshire wildlife park have been given a treat to cool off in the heat.

Chris Kibbe, Primate Section Head at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said:

"With a heat wave forecast for this week, it seemed the perfect time to give our Meerkat clan some of their favourite summer treats – water melon and ice lollies.

"Alpha male Marley particularly enjoyed the water melon, and the whole group took the opportunity to cool off with some pear and melon flavoured iced treats."

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