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Today is officially the UK’s hottest day of the year so far

Some Brits will be basking in a toasty 27C of sunshine

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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Brits, get yer sun loungers out. For many in the UK, this afternoon (May 17) is boasting the hottest temperatures of the year so far.

Temperatures have already reached as high as 27.5C in Heathrow, and it’s similarly toasty across plenty of south-east England. The UK in general is basking in the outer reaches of a heatwave which is much more severe across much of mainland Europe.

The previous hottest temperature recorded in the UK so far this year was in Faversham, Kent, earlier this month. May 6 saw the mercury hit 23.6C, a record which has been fully blown out of the water today.

It’s worth noting, however, that not all of the UK will be enjoying a delicious hint of summer. Some areas of Northern Ireland and Scotland are instead likely to experience some rainfall this afternoon, and the Met Office reckons that the rest of the UK will follow suit towards the end of the week.

The rest of you, you know what to do. Dig out your sunnies, slap on some sun cream, fill up a bottle of water and head out to enjoy the sun!

For up-to-date weather forecasts, see the Met Office website here.

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