UK weather forecast LIVE: Brits face hottest day of the year as mercury set to hit 35C in London

The UK is set to be hotter than Ibiza today with with temperatures predicted to reach 35C in London on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Popular tourist spots on the continent including Ibiza, Lisbon and Berlin fall short of the UK high, where the mercury is expected to reach 32C, 31C, and 27C respectively.

The highest emperature recorded this month so far was 28.5C (83.3F) on July 17 at Heathrow Airport.

July was less sunny than usual. The UK has already surpassed the average monthly rainfall and only experienced two thirds (66 per cent) of the expected sunshine for an average July, a total of 113.4 hours, Met Office figures show.

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Remember to carry a bottle of water!

Woman fans herself on the tube (AFP)

Hampstead Heath this morning

Bournemouth beach is already busy

Swimmers enjoy the weather at Broadstairs, Kent

Swimmers at Joss Gap Bay (Reuters)

Londoners commute in sweltering hot conditions

The capital is already 27c (Jeremy Selwyn)

Sunrise over Kilvington Lakes this morning

It’s set to be a scorcher (PA)

Early morning swimmers practice their front crawl, as captured by The Evening Standard’s photographer Jeremy Selwyn

The lido was busy as the sun rose over Hyde Park (Jeremy Selwyn)

Swimmers at Hyde Park lido today

A Londoner takes an early morning dip (Jeremy Selwyn)

Even Wales will hit 30c today

Hot weather will be widespread across south eastern areas in Kent and Cambridgeshire, where temperatures will stay around 33-34C (93.2F).

Manchester is expected to peak at 32C (89.6F) and parts of Wales will also reach 30C (86F).

A spokesman for the Met added that popular south-coast destinations such as Devon, Cornwall will stay “fresher”, with temperatures peaking in the mid 20s, and sunseekers in Brighton will enjoy a pleasant 28C (82.4F) high.

But the good weather is expected to be short-lived and will not extend into the three-day “heatwave territory”.

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