Next ‘hottest day of year’ could hit at several times soon after 21C scorcher

Tuesday was the hottest day of the year in the UK so far, and that record could be broken again at several times this week.

Yesterday saw the mercury hit 20.5C in Northolt, West London – a staggering temperature for this time of year.

Fortunately there are no signs of the scorching heatwave conditions letting up any time soon, according to forecasters.

Speaking to the Express, BBC Weather's Stav Danaos said: "It's been the warmest day of the year so far we've seen top temperatures of 21C in both Wales and England.

"The next few days it's going to stay warm and dry and there will still be that very outside chance of an isolated shower but most places will remain dry.

"Our weather will be influenced by a high pressure sitting to the east of us which is why we're drawing up this warm air from the south and southeast."

Forecasters have been busy predicting how hot each day will be this week, on an hour-by-hour basis, thus revealing the exact times that the mercury may top Tuesday's readings.

BBC reckon that today we'll hit at least 20C, with the highs coming around 1pm and 3pm.

They also predict 20C for Thursday, with temperatures peaking from 1pm to 4pm.

Netweather say that the mercury will only hit 18C this week, but they also predicted 18C for yesterday's scorcher.

They have temperatures peaking from noon to 3pm today, and at around 3pm on Thursday.

The Met Office make similar predictions, with the highest temperatures coming from 1pm to 3pm today and from 1pm to 4pm tomorrow.

Becky Mitchell, senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, told the PA news agency: "Temperatures are rising quite quickly and there's plenty of sunshine across the whole country today.

"Most places are staying dry and sunny and it looks very similar for much of this week – we hang on to that sunshine."

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