An amber warning for extreme heat has begun for England and parts of Wales as the UK braces for record temperatures.

The Met Office warning extends to southern Scotland today and Tomorrow, when England’s alert rises to red for the first time.

Yesterday, temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) across England and Wales, with a high of 33C in Flintshire making it the UK’s hottest day of the year.

The heat could hit 41C today, which would be a record for the U.K.

The current temperature record of 38.7C was set in Cambridge in 2019.

The highest temperature in England was 31.2C, which was reached in Nantwich, Cheshire, and also in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Temperatures were above 30C across large parts of the rest of England.

Northern Ireland also had its hottest day of the year so far, with 27.4C recorded in Derrylin, County Fermanagh. In Scotland the highs were around 26C.

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