The heat which is hot enough to melt roads and railways is brought over from a ‘Spanish Plume’
Kent will be hotter than the Caribbean as the mercury is set to hit 35C in a “one-day wonder” scorcher.
The country will break a record with today (July 31) likely to become the hottest day of the year so far.
In fact, the scorching heat could set another record of making it the hottest July 31 for two centuries.
The heat which is hot enough to melt roads and railways is brought over from a “Spanish Plume” which means parts of the UK is set to roast as Met Office forecasts highs of 35C.
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Many are expected to make the most of the balmy temperatures, by flocking to beaches, pools and swimming spots ahead of a warm weekend.
The heat is sweeping in from Spain, where 41C highs are only expected to cool slightly as it blankets the UK.
If the predictions come true, today’s temperatures will smash this year’s record set on June 24 when Heathrow saw 32.6C.
But Public Health England’s Heatwave Plan warned there could be travel disruption for Brits heading for the coast.
Roasting temperatures are predicted in much of England, with the hottest temperatures of 35C predicted in London and parts of the south east.
Rail passengers are being delayed as some train speeds are halved as rails risk buckling in the heat.
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Network Rail’s London Euston branch tweeted: “Due to hot weather, there are speed restrictions between Euston and Willesden. We’re really sorry.”
Network Rail said: “Rails expand as they get hotter. Speed restrictions mean lower forces on tracks, reducing the chance of buckling.”
A Met Office forecaster said: “As high as 34C or even 35C is likely in a few places in and around London, with topping 30C across much of the Midlands, South and East.”
The high of 34C would be the highest on a July 31 for 179 years, if the mercury hits predicted temperatures.
While much of England is expected to be baking hot, the coasts should be cooler, according to the Met Office weather forecast.
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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “34C would not only be the warmest day of the year but a record for July 31.
“It’s the perfect set-up for high temperatures across the UK, with hot air drawn up from a long way to the south. But it’s a one-day wonder.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s a Fab Friday for most – but watch out for thunderstorms later in the South and East in particular.”
“It will be a much cooler weekend though, with temperatures 10C or more lower on Saturday, with some rain moving from the west later on Sunday to across the South on Monday.”
News – Kent could reach a scorching 35C today before thunderstorms hit