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Britain 'set for hottest day of the year' this week

Temperatures of up to 31C are predicted on Thursday. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Britain is set to enjoy the hottest day of the year in the coming week, according to forecasters.

The Met Office says the country will see rising temperatures throughout the week - with a potential peak of 31C (88F) on Thursday.

The year's previous highest temperature was 28.7C (84F) on 4 July.