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Hottest temperature of the year expected today in Britain

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The highest temperature of the year is set to be recorded later today, with parts of Britain expected to bask in 33C sunshine - reports Sky News.

The Midlands and the south of England are the likely contenders for the hotspots of the day, before violent thunderstorms bring an end to the heatwave. The UK has seen its longest prolonged heatwave in seven years, although temperatures dipped slightly over the weekend.

Today, the mercury is expected to reach 33C (91.4F) - the hottest day of the year so far had been last Wednesday at Hampton waterworks, south west London, with highs of 32.2C (90F). There could be isolated thunderstorms in London, the south of England and parts of south Wales overnight, with some rain on Monday.

People should make the most of the sunshine however, with cooler weather on the way, and potentially heavy rain on Tuesday. The Met Office has issued a rain warning for Tuesday for most of England and all of Wales, with localised flooding possible in places.

Temperatures will start gradually dropping as the week continues but will remain in the mid 20s, which is still over the average for this time of year. The hot weather has taken its toll on the UK in recent weeks, with grass fires in London, mountain blazes in the Welsh valleys and forest fires in Fife, Scotland. Hundreds of premature deaths are believed to have been caused by the hot weather.

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