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UK could be set for heatwave – with temperatures hotter than the Caribbean

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An official heatwave could hit the UK on Thursday, with some parts basking in temperatures hotter than top holiday destinations in the Caribbean.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 37C (98.6F) by the end of the week, caused by hot air moving in from southern Europe.

It means parts of the country will be basking in warmer conditions than popular holiday destinations such as Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas.

The high temperatures are expected to last from Thursday until Sunday, prompting the Met Office to issue a health alert.

Britain could pass the official threshold for a heatwave, which requires three days of temperatures over 25C (77F) across most of the nation and 28C (82.4F) in London.

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Forecasters have said London and the South East may see Friday record the hottest temperature of the year so far, beating 31 July when the mercury reached 37.8C (100.04F) at Heathrow in west London. It was also the UK's third highest temperature ever recorded.

A health alert has been issued for the South East ahead of the high temperatures.

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A level three warning is triggered when there is a 90% chance of heat-related health problems.

It will be in place from midday on Thursday until 9am on Sunday.

It means people are being advised to look out for others during the sweltering conditions, especially older people, children and babies, and those with underlying health conditions.

Thundery showers and cooler conditions are expected to end the heatwave on Monday.

There will also be an increasing threat of thunderstorms and intensive downpours as the country pulls in the very warm continental air.

Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: "There's a strong likelihood London and the South East could see a heatwave this week, with four or even five consecutive days of incredibly warm temperatures reaching a high of 37C on Friday.

"It is the result of southerly winds moving from Europe and parts of northern Africa, wRead More – Source

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