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Mediterranean temperatures in Britain today

 A crowded beach at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, on Tuesday.
A crowded beach at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Temperatures are set to reach sizzling highs again today as even residents in Scotland's Highlands enjoy scorching sun.

With a high of 30C (86F) expected in the south of England and possibly 28C (82F) in Scotland, Britons will be bathing in warmer climes than parts of Portugal and Spain.

Yesterday's high of 29.9C (85F) in Solent, Hampshire could be beaten, according to the Met Office, which predicted highs will continue until the weekend.

The hot weather brings with it a risk of heavy downpours though, forecasters warned, adding that rain could hit the south west this week.

Largely fine and warm with isolated showers in south

Largely fine and very warm. Isolated thunderstorms in the south.
Largely fine and very warm. Isolated thunderstorms in the south. Credit: Met Office

After a grey start for many eastern and central areas, most places will have another fine day with plenty of sunshine.

Very warm temperatures may allow some isolated thundery showers to spread westwards across the south, with the odd shower possible further north as well. Northeastern coasts will hold on to the dull and cooler conditions for much of the day.

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Warm sunshine is set to continue for most across England, with temperatures expected to reach highs of 28C in the south.

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The fisheye lens captured people jumping in the water at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s.
The fisheye lens captured people jumping in the water at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Visitors at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, jump in the water as temperatures reach the high 20s.
Visitors at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, jump in the water as temperatures reach the high 20s. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
 People throw water on each other at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s.
People throw water on each other at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Warm sunshine for most up to 28C but a muggy night

Out towards east Anglia we saw a bit of an old weather front with cloud cover. Towards parts of Northern Ireland expect cloudy skies and some showers from time to time and through the rest of today.

Elsewhere it stays dry with some pretty warm spells of sunshine. Temperatures will be in the twenties, with the warmest in the south up to 28C. Into this evening, we will begin to see the sea fog rolling back in across north sea coastal areas. Another muggy night for sleeping with temperatures around 17C in places.

Mostly dry and sunny, cloudy in north and east

Any early mist and low cloud across central and eastern England and Scotland will lift and break up to give most places a dry day with warm sunny periods.

Mainly fine and very warm. Some rain in far northwest.
Mainly fine and very warm. Some rain in far northwest. Credit: Met Office

However, it will stay largely cloudy in parts of East Anglia and the north east of Scotland, with mist and fog near the coast. Outbreaks of rain will spread in to Northern Ireland and the Western Isles this afternoon.

Very warm where the sun shines with highs of 29C in Southampton. Much cooler under the cloudy skies of East Anglia with highs of 18C to 22C in Norfolk.

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