'Longest heatwave in four years' to start TOMORROW as weather map shows UK hotter than CARIBBEAN | The Sun

BRITS look set to swelter from tomorrow as a 600 mile-wide “Spanish surge” of heat comes in – and it’s expected to last for days.

Met Office forecasters predict temperatures could hit as high as 35C by next week, making it hotter than Antigua, in the Caribbean, which will only top 29C.

Friday is expected to see a high of 29C with the mercury nudging 30C by Sunday.

A recent heat map shows the band of boiling hot temperatures just sitting south of the UK and is forecast to move north by Friday.

Only in the far northwest it will remain cloudier and cooler with rain at times.

Temperatures are due to climb even higher early next week and reach the “mid-30s” as the week progresses.

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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Forecast models suggest mid-30s temperature highs later next week.

“All eyes are focused on a southerly airstream which could waft additional heat to our shores.”

A level 2 heat health alert has been issued covering southern and eastern areas.

“We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather for much of England and Wales that could last for much of next week,” said the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, David Oliver.

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“In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20Cs over the weekend, and then in the low 30Cs during the start of next week. Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year as well as dry and sunny.”

The run of scorching temperatures is expected to last long enough for the Met Office to officially declare it a heatwave.

The forecaster said in an update: “Areas with lower heatwave thresholds, especially southwest England and south Wales are more likely to reach heatwave criteria from Thursday onwards.

“Elsewhere with the higher thresholds, the chance of an official heatwave is more marginal, although it’s possible they could also reach their heatwave thresholds from Sunday.”

The run of hot weather is likely to see the current record for the hottest day of the year smashed, which was on June 17, at Santon Downham in Suffolk when the mercury hit 32.7C.

Should the heatwave last 12 days in a row, it will be the longest run for four years.

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“Some solutions allow more extreme temperatures to develop into next weekend. We'll be monitoring this closely over the coming days.”

Forecaster Leon Brown of The Weather Channel said: “35C highs are expected this month – and even higher is possible.”

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