Britons are set to sizzle on what could be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures predicted to possibly hit 33C.
The Met Office said highs of 33C 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.
The Met Office five-day forecast for Stroud
Another dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, though this may become hazy at times into the afternoon. Remaining very warm or locally hot, with light winds. Maximum temperature 30 °C.
Dry and bright into Monday evening with skies becoming hazy by dawn. An uncomfortable night once again with temperatures remaining in double figures. Minimum temperature 13 °C.
Fine and dry on Tuesday with temperatures rising rapidly making it feel hot by the afternoon, though it may become hazy at times. Maximum temperature 30 °C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
More clouds around on Wednesday and Thursday with an odd spot of rain, feeling a little cooler with temperatures closer to average. Temperatures will increase from Friday with sunny spells.
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 told the PA news agency that 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.
“It will also be very warm overnight going into Tuesday, remaining in the low 20s in cities, so many may experience an uncomfortable night.”