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The weather will be much hotter than usual for the time of year - the average maximum temperature for July in England is 20.9C (69.5F) - and many parts of the country will enjoy temperatures on par with popular Spanish holiday resorts, forecasters said.
Sizzling Britain is expected to record the hottest temperatures of the year today, with the prospect of the mercury rising even higher tomorrow. The heatwave is forecast to continue into next week.
Forecasters said highs of 27C (80F) were measured in pockets of England early this afternoon, a shade off the year's record: 27.2C at Heathrow on June 30.
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Hundreds of brass band musicians have come together for a festival in Durham, including the Italian performers Bandakadabra. The festival runs until July 21st.
Soaring temperatures across the country have sparked a run on the staples of a British summer, with retailers reporting a spike in sales of disposable barbecues, fresh meat and strawberries.
Supermarket shelves have also been well stocked with sun cream before this weekend's balmy conditions.
Temperatures are expected to reach 30C (86F) in parts of southern England.
Waitrose said its burger sales are up nearly 90% this week, with sales of sausages and their vegetarian equivalents also surging. It predicts a further boost to sales if Andy Murray wins the Wimbledon men's singles final tomorrow.
The Rolling Stones will swelter at Hyde Park and Andy Murray will feel the glare of more than just the eyes of the Wimbledon faithful this weekend as Britain basks in the hottest temperatures of the year.
Sun worshippers will enjoy highs of up to 30C (86F) in parts of southern England tomorrow, while most of the UK will enjoy temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
And the spell of warm weather is expected to stay with us, lasting throughout next week and beyond.
Forecasters said the weather will be much hotter than usual for the time of year - the average maximum temperature for July in England is 20.9C (69.5F) - and many parts of the country will enjoy temperatures on par with popular Spanish holiday resorts.
People across the country have been making the most of the warm weather, with temperatures set to rise further this weekend.
Some parts of the England are set to experience temperatures of up to 30C over the weekend.
People across Britain have been preparing for the warm weekend of weather, with temperatures set to reach 30C in some parts of the country.
Brits may even be able to enjoy the warm weather for a prolonged period after Meteogroup weather forecaster, Gareth Harvey, predicted the warm weather "could be with us for a fair while."
The optimistic forecasts has even led to bookmakers slashing the odds of this summer being the hottest on record.
This weekend should see hot sunshine in much of the country with some patchy rain in the north west and Scotland.
Friday's high temperature is a 26C in the south east of England.
The odds of this summer being the hottest ever have been slashed according to one bookmaker.
Ladbrokes have slashed the odds of the July record temperature of 36.5C being broken to just 3/1 following sweltering forecast predictions.
It is now 8/1 - down from 20/1 - that the hottest temperature ever will be recorded anywhere in the country this year.
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