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The UK has tentatively recorded its hottest day of the year so far, with parts of the UK sweltering in scorching conditions.

Temperatures reached 32.6C in Wisley, Surrey, the Met Office said. Orange heat and health alerts are in place for much of England, with only the North East under a yellow alert.

Heatwave conditions were already seen in parts of West Yorkshire, Cornwall, Devon and Wales on Tuesday, according to the Met Office, but the temperature did not rise above the highest temperature in June of 32, 2°C (90°F).

Health warnings have been issued across the UK and the NHS is expected to come under additional pressure due to the heat.

Met Office meteorologist Amy Bokota said 13 weather stations officially recorded a heatwave on Wednesday morning – recording at least three consecutive days with daily high temperatures reaching the heatwave threshold – and she expected that “a few more” are added to this list during the period. the coming days.

The heat wave threshold varies between 25°C and 28°C across the UK.

It is expected to reach 27C in Northern Ireland and Scotland, the Met Office said.

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Temperatures are expected to start dropping this weekend, with a risk of thunderstorms in the north and west of the country, the statement said.