Britain emperatures set to hit 82F and even Cornish fish looked exotic

Sizzling Sunday: Britain’s turned tropical as temperatures are set to hit 82F today… and even Cornish fish looked exotic on the sea bed

  • 2,000-mile-wide plume of hot air arriving from Africa could see temperatures reach 96F by next Thursday
  • Highs will be hotter than Thailand – but humidity will bring thunder storms, more floods and muddy start to Glastonbury Festival
  • Beaches including Camber Sands in East Sussex teeming with sunseekers yesterday making most of warm weather as temperatures reached 25C 

It looks like a captivatingly exotic glimpse from the waters off distant shores.

But this shoal of wrasse shimmering past jewel anemone-covered reefs are off the coast of Cornwall in a week that may bring record-breaking temperatures to Britain.

The heat is set to be on as a 2,000-mile-wide plume of hot air arrives from Africa.

The thermometer could reach 36C (96F) on Thursday for the first time ever in June.

It looks like a captivatingly exotic glimpse from the waters off distant shores. But this shoal of wrasse shimmering past jewel anemone-covered reefs are off the coast of Cornwall in a week that may bring record-breaking temperatures to Britain

Highs will be hotter than Thailand – but the sweltering humidity will bring thunder storms, more floods and a muddy start to the Glastonbury Festival.

Beaches across the country – including Camber Sands in East Sussex – were teeming with sunseekers yesterday making the most of the warm weather as temperatures reached 25C (77F).

The weather is set to get hotter today. The Met Office forecast highs of 28C (82F).

Beaches across the country – including Camber Sands in East Sussex – were teeming with sunseekers yesterday making the most of the warm weather as temperatures reached 25C (77F)

This man opted for a towel on his head to keep himself cool while he sunbathed on the pier in Brighton, East Sussex

But the forecaster issued storm warnings for nearly the entire country for tomorrow and Tuesday as hot, humid weather is set to be broken with downpours.

Some areas could see more than an inch and a half (40mm) of rain fall in just an hour.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said some areas could experience downpours of almost two and a half inches (60mm). The second half of the week will bring warm weather – as high as 97F (36C) on Thursday – and warm nights of 18C (64F) may make it hard to sleep.

The heatwave will be felt most in Germany and France where it could be as hot as 41C (106F).

Music lovers heading to Glastonbury next weekend are advised to pack wellies as showers are due at the start of the weekend but temperatures could reach 32C (90F).

Forecaster Partridge said: ‘An extensive heatwave is on the way for much of the UK for the best part of a week.’

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