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Temperature exceeds 29C as UK records hottest day of the year

The hottest day of the year so far has seen the country basking in sizzling temperatures of more than 29C (84.2F). A high of 29.5C (85.1F) was recorded at Northolt in west London on Thursday, surpassing the 2022 high of 28.2C (82.76F) recorded at Kew Gardens on Wednesday. A sweltering 34C (93.2F) is expected in London and potentially some spots in East Anglia on Friday, according to the Met Office. Away from the capital and the South East, 27-30C is expected across most of England and Wales, meaning the country will be hotter than parts of Jamaica and the Maldives.

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