London weather: Capital is hottest place on UK’s warmest day of year with record-breaking temperatues set to rise

Londoners basked in the capital as temperatures reached record-breaking heights on the hottest day of the year so far.

Parts of the capital enjoyed the highest temperature in the whole of the UK with forecasters predicting the weather to get even warmer on Sunday.

The Met Office told the Standard the hottest temperature recorded was in Bushy Park in south west London, where highs of over 30C were recorded.

At Heathrow and Kew Gardens, temperatures also hit 30C.


People relaxing on the banks of the Thames near Tower Bridge. (michelassaad)

But temperatures are expected to peak even higher for Father’s Day on Sunday, as forecasters predict highs of 32C.

“We have had the warmest day of the year so far for the UK as a whole,” meteorologist Emma Salter told the Standard.


People relaxing near to the BT Tower. (channianni)

“Tomorrow is basically going to be a carbon copy of today in terms of weather.

“It could get even hotter. We could see 32C and there’s a 30 per cent chance of it getting to 33C.”


A group relaxing for a 40th birthday celebration in Battersea Park. (@Somhairle)

Although many Londoners will be back at work on Monday, the weather is expected to be very similar with lots of sun and temperatures reaching 30C.

On Saturday London’s parks and pub gardens were heaving as people made the most of the sunny weather.

Scores of people shared photos online of blue skies and people lounging about.

Last year’s summer began very cloudy with a fairly wet June across most of England and Wales.

July and August were quite changeable, with a short heatwave in the third week of July 2016.

During the second half of August, many in East Anglia and the south-east enjoyed hot weather.

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