Britain hotter than the Bahamas

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  • Temperatures set to reach 33°C, beating those in the sun-drenched Caribbean

    Sun lovers can look forward to the hottest day of the year today with temperatures forecast to be higher than the Bahamas.

    After sizzling at 31˚C (88˚F) on Tuesday – when it was 28˚C (82˚F) in the Caribbean capital of Nassau – thermometers in London are expected to reach 32˚C (90˚F) on Wednesday.

    Elsewhere, Rhyl in North Wales hit a high of 25˚C, Belfast got up to 23˚C and, although warm at 21˚C, Bournemouth encountered some heavy showers which forced sunbathers off the beach.

    Soaring summer temperatures and a scorching end to the month have given Britain its hottest June since 2006, according to the Met Office. It has been on average 1˚C hotter than normal with 195.3 hours of sunshine – 17% above average for the month.

    The sunny weather is set to continue in the east and south-east of England until at least Thursday. However, with showers moving in from the Atlantic tomorrow night, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for western parts of Britain.

    ‘It will be quite humid and thunderstorms are entirely a possibility,’ said a Met Office spokeswoman. ‘So far this month we have had little rain – only 59mm – but we are looking at anywhere between 25mm and 50mm in the west later in the week.

    ‘The weekend looks like being a mixture of sunshine and showers across the country. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-20s, so not too bad at all. Next week we are set for some typical summer weather – sunny spells with the odd passing shower and maximum temperatures in the low twenties.’

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