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What an absolute scorcher!

Saturday, 17th July 2021, 8:21 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th July 2021, 1:06 pm

The Met Office has declared today, Saturday, July 17, as the hottest of the year so far, with all four nations across the UK basking in warmth weather.

There could be more to come tomorrow, as its forecasters believe it could be even warmer for some areas, with Sunderland s 28C today expected to drop just slightly to between 23C and 25C at the hottest point in the day around lunchtime.

Tom Morgan, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Temperatures are expected to increase even further on Sunday, reaching highs of 33C in the south of the UK.”

He added an extended hot spell of weather is expected to last for much of the week ahead, adding: “It’s going to mean that people are really going to feel the effects of the heat as we go through this week.”

Public Health England (PHE) and the Met Office have warned people to take care during the hot spell, advising people to stay hydrated, apply sunscreen and not to leave children or pets in cars.

PHE urged people to look out for others who may struggle in the heat, such as older people and those who live alone.

The RAC has also warned drivers to be careful during a busy weekend on the roads and to check their car is road-ready before setting off.

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