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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.

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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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