Today is the hottest day of 2023, says Met Office
Thursday looks to be the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office has said. On Thursday afternoon it said it was "provisionally" calling it as such.
A spokesperson said: "After getting very close yesterday, today is provisionally the hottest day of the year so far, with 32.6C recorded in Wisley."
After an up-and-down summer, the UK has been basking in hot weather since September arrived. Earlier in the day, the Met Office said the heatwave was about to break the record for the most consecutive days with temperatures above 30C in September, with Saharan dust generating vivid sunsets and sunrises in the clear conditions.
Wednesday was the third day above 30C, matching a record seen on four previous occasions, most recently in 2016. The high temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend, meaning Thursday's crown for hottest day could be short-lived. Stephen Dixon of the Met Office said temperatures above 30C in September were uncommon but not unheard of – the month’s highest daily temperature reading was 35.6C in 1906 – but the length of this heatwave is particularly unusual.
Speaking earlier, Mr Dixon said: “On four occasions in Met Office climate statistics has September had three consecutive days of temperatures above 30C. Including (Wednesday), we’re up to three on this event and expect to exceed 30C (on Thursday). This would be the most consecutive days of temperatures above 30C in September.”