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England faces top temperatures hotter than Spanish beaches

London and other southern cities could register their hottest day of the year this week, ahead of a sizzling weekend.

July 11, 2022
By Isobel Frodsham and Ted Hennessey
11 July 2022

Temperatures in England are expected to soar this week, reaching levels that could make its beaches hotter than some European summer holiday destinations.

The Met Office said highs of 33 degrees Celsius are expected in some areas on Monday afternoon, with central, southern and eastern England all experiencing the rising temperatures during the heatwave.

It could mark the hottest day of the year so far, with the UK's record high for this year currently standing at 32.7C. It was recorded at Heathrow on June 17.

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People enjoy the warm weather at Brighton beach in West Sussex. (Gareth Fulle/PA)

The warm weather is expected continue through the week in the high 20s for most until the weekend, when the mercury may rise again to 31C in places including London, Reading and Oxford.

This means parts of the country will be hotter than some of the world's top beach destinations, including the Maldives and Marbella in Spain.

A Level Three Heat Health Alert has been issued by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) from 9am on Monday to 9am on Friday in the east and south-east of England, with the rest of the nation having a level 2 alert in place.

The four-level system highlights the potential health impacts of these high temperatures.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said England and Wales will experience sunshine on Monday, while Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to have a cloudy day with warm temperatures.

"For most of us it will be a dry and sunny day, well into the high 20s from the morning, with central, southern and eastern parts of England to possibly see maximum highs of 33C," he said.

"So it's very possible tomorrow will be the hottest day of the year so far, it will certainly be on par with the existing record, maybe more.

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A woman sits on a park bench in Kensington Gardens, south London. (James Manning/PA)

"It will also be very warm overnight going into Tuesday, remaining in the low 20s in cities, so many may experience an uncomfortable night."

The whole of England is largely expected to experience sunny days with some cloud over the next week to match the temperatures of mid to high 20s.

The forecaster has predicted it will cool off a little on Friday, with the north-west and north-east of England predicted to have some rain with temperatures reaching highs of 19C, ahead of a warmer weekend.

Brighton Beach
People enjoy the warm weather at Brighton beach in West Sussex. (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Scotland and Northern Ireland are predicted to have a cloudier week ahead, with rain forecast for Tuesday and Friday.

Clouds with sunny spells could be widespread across the two areas for the rest of the week, with temperatures remaining in the mid to high teens throughout the week.

They will also benefit from the scorching weekend temperatures ahead alongside some cloud, with highs of 22C predicted in Glasgow and Belfast.

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