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Hot, hot, hot. Temperatures in South could hit 30C

Britain is set to swelter in temperatures of up to 30C (86F) later this week - but don't start dusting down the barbecue or planning a trip to the beach.

Although the mercury could reach its highest point so far yet this year, forecasters said the heat will be accompanied by high humidity and heavy, thundery showers.

Temperatures will start to rise from Thursday, peaking on Friday when the 30C barrier could be reached for the first time this year.

Forecasts suggest Britain will be slightly warmer than European holiday destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza and Nice.

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