UK temperature hits 2014 high as heatwave forecast

A woman sunbathes on the banks of the river Thames in London. Image copyright AP
Image caption A woman sunbathes on the banks of the river Thames in London on Thursday, the hottest day of the year so far

The UK has seen its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures set to climb even higher on Friday.

The Met Office said a high of 29.1C had been recorded at Hampton in Greater London.

And a heat-wave warning is in place for some areas on Friday, with temperatures tipped to reach as high as 32C, forecasters added.

Health officials have urged people to "keep safe" avoid the sun between 11:00 and 15:00 and to drink plenty of water.

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Image caption Many enjoyed the weather in Leeds on Thursday, but higher temperatures are still to come, forecasters say
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Image caption The Met Office has forecast heatwave conditions in some parts of the country. In Stratford-upon-Avon, two friends took their dog on a boat trip to make the most of Thursday's weather
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Image caption Some spent the day at the quayside in Newcastle, but Public Health England has urged people to take precautions
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Image caption The England woman's rugby squad relaxed in Surrey, close to where the hottest temperature was recorded on Thursday

The heatwave warning covers parts of south east England, London, the east of England, the East Midlands and West Midlands.

Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England (PHE), said: "While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses."

He also urged Muslims observing Ramadan to "balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water."

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Media captionPeople are being warned to take care in the sun - Phil Mackie reports

Steve Ramsdale, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "We've got hot and humid air moving up from the continent which will see temperatures rise through to the weekend, with some high day and night-time temperatures expected by Friday.

"The humidity will make it feel close, muggy and uncomfortable for many in the heat and people should take steps to keep cool - particularly across the areas where we have issued a heat health alert."

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