UK set for hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures tipped to reach 29C

Forecasters are predicting Sunday (June 13) to reach the hottest termperatures seen across the UK in 2021 so far.

On Saturday (June 12), many parts of the country were blessed with warm weather and sunshine, with pictures showing Brits making the most of the sun.

The images show people strolling along the Long Walk in Windsor and enjoying boat rides along the River Cam in Cambridge.

According to The Met Office, the hottest temperature recorded on Saturday was 24.8C at Kew Gardens in London, with 24.6C at Heathrow and St James' Park.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill has said that temperatures are expected to rise even higher on Sunday, potentially reaching 29C.

He said if the mercury climbs above 28.3C it will make it the hottest day of the year so far.

It will also be the hottest June 13 on record.

So far this year, the hottest temperature recorded was 28.3C (82.94F) in Northolt, north-west London, on June 2.

It's unlikely that temperatures will reach higher than 30C on Sunday, Mr Burkill added.

He said: "We are going to get close tomorrow, it is unlikely we are going to get over 30C – it's going to be touch and go.

"It will be close as to whether we get to 28.3C tomorrow.

"If we don't there's a chance we could get even higher temperatures on Monday when we could get 29C or 30C.

"The top temperatures are going to be towards the London area, but the heat is going to be widespread, it's not just confined to the South East."

While most of the UK will be enjoying a hot and sunny day, people in the north-west of Scotland will have to settle for temperatures in the high teens, with clouds and even some outbreaks of rain, Mr Burkill said.

He added that the weather will split into Monday, with the south seeing hot temperatures still, while the north will be cooler.

He said: "We are going to have more of a north-south split.

"On Monday the heat is going to be largely confined to southern and south-eastern parts of the UK.

"Further north and in Scotland it will be high teens at best. There could be some showers but on the whole it is looking largely dry."

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