UK to bake in 35C 12-day heatwave making country hotter than Antigua

Britain’s longest heatwave for four years starts today (July 8) as a 12-day Great British Bake Off is set to bring 35C temperatures, making it hotter than Antigua.

A 600-mile-wide ‘Spanish surge’ of heat is due to last throughout next week and beyond.

Met Office weathermen forecast the 26C highs so far this week will jump to 29C today, nudging 30C by Sunday (July 10), and will remain in the low-30s early next week and up to the mid-30s later next week.

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In total, the country is set for 30C or higher daily for eight days, from this Sunday to next Sunday (July 17).

It would be the UK’s longest heatwave hitting 30C daily since 2018’s hottest summer on record, Met Office data shows.

The hottest days of 2022 are due, beating the 32.7C on June 17, at Santon Downham, Suffolk.

Even the North is due 30C and Britain will be hotter than the 29C in Antigua, in the Caribbean.

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.”

Fellow Met Office forecaster David Oliver added: “We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather that could last much of next week, with the low 30s at the start of next week.

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

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The scorching weather will trigger a beer and BBQ food blowout, according to industry experts.

Some 50 million pub pints are set to be supped this weekend alone, British Beer and Pub Association consumption trends show.

And 10 million burgers and five million sausages will be gobbled as supermarket sales of BBQs rocket.

Tourist beach resorts are expecting a “stampede” of sun-seekers heading to the coast.

Some 125,000 visitors are expected at Brighton on Saturday (July 9), with 60,000 at Bournemouth.

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

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