Britain basks in hot weather as temperatures rise

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.

Weather: South enjoys the sun with highs of 26C

Today sees a north-south split on our hands, weather-wise. In the north it is more unsettled, with outbreaks of rain, while it's a fair bit warmer and finer down south.

However, as they move southward through the day, those outbreaks of rain could turn more showery and we may even see some thunder.

It's going to be a pretty mild night in most parts of the country, with lows of 13C to 15C.

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England and Wales set to be hotter than Rio

England and Wales is set for the hottest day of the year.
England and Wales is set for the hottest day of the year. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Temperatures in England and Wales are set to beat those in Rio de Janeiro today, with the mercury looking likely to creep up to 27C.

Currently parts of the UK are enjoying better weather than fans and players at the football tournament which kicked off last night, with Brazil's opener against Croatia played in the relative cool of the low 20s in Sao Paulo.

It will also be warmer than in Berlin and Paris, but forecasters say the humidity could also lead to a higher chances of downpours.

Simon Partridge from the Met Office said: "We do have a weak front system bringing a lot of cloud with it."

"That cloud will thicken through the morning into the late afternoon and early evening, bringing the chance of rain."

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Hottest day of the year expected amid June heatwave

People enjoying the sun in Hyde Park, central London.
People enjoying the sun in Hyde Park, central London. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

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.

However, that may not last too long - with experts from MeteoGroup predicting thunderstorms and showers this evening and a noticeable drop in temperatures over the weekend.

Weather forecast: South to stay warm, cooler weekend ahead