Heat wave! Odds-on for June to be hottest ever
UK weather odds: Flaming June on the cards
This month looks set to go down as the hottest June on record, according to Ladbrokes.
Having been a 6/4 shot in the UK weather odds earlier this week, the bookies now make it just 4/6 for this month to play host to the hottest June ever.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re on course for the hottest June since records began if the latest odds are anything to go by.”
Britain’s highest recorded June UK temperature was 35.6C at Southampton Mayflower Park in June 1976 – and forecasters do not expect that high to be surpassed this week.
Parts of the UK are expected to sizzle in temperatures of 34C (93.2F) as the hot spell of weather reaches its sweltering peak on Friday.
The Met Office said London and potentially some spots in East Anglia are most likely to reach the 34C high, making it the hottest day of the year so far.
11am temps: 27.5C at Santon Downham in Suffolk and 25.2C at Gogerddan in Ceredigion as both Wales and England head towards recording their highest temps of the year so far.
Photo by BBCWeatherWatcher Juniperbeddy in Herringfleet, Suffolk, not far from that hottest temp so far. pic.twitter.com/YWDxHqRi8g
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) June 17, 2022
Away from the capital and the South East, 27-30C is expected across most of England and Wales.
A high of 29.5C (85.1F) was recorded at Northolt in west London on Thursday, surpassing the 2022 high of 28.2C (82.76F) recorded at Kew Gardens on Wednesday.
Highs of 26.1C (78.98F) were recorded in Cardiff, 21.4C (70.52F) was recorded in Edinburgh and 20.6C (69.08F) was recorded in Derrylin in Northern Ireland on Thursday.
While England and Wales will bask in the heat on Friday, it will be cooler in Northern Ireland and Scotland which will both be affected by rain.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a Level 3 Heat-Health alert for London, the East of England and the South East.
This alert follows the Level 2 alert issued on Tuesday and confirms that the Met Office’s threshold temperatures for an alert will be reached in three regions from Friday.
A Level 2 alert remains in place for the East Midlands and South West.