Weather: Today is officially the hottest day of the year so far

The Met Office confirmed Heathrow and Cardiff recorded the highest temperatures above 30C (Picture: PA/Met Office)

Today has been confirmed as the hottest day so far of 2021 in England and Wales with temperatures soaring above 31C.

The Met Office confirmed on Sunday that the highest temperature of 31.6°C was recorded at Heathrow, while Cardiff reported 30.2°C.

The previous of 29.7C had been recorded at Teddington in south-west London on June 14 but it was smashed yesterday.

Sun-seekers have been flocking to beaches, parks and rivers across the country this weekend to soak up the long-awaited rays after a cooler than usual summer.

And it seems the sunny weather is set to last until at least ‘Freedom Day’ tomorrow when England will see almost all legal Covid restrictions lifted.

But the UK is still a long way off from record temperatures for this time of year. 

A scorching 38.7C was recorded at Cambridge Botanical Gardens on July 25 2019.

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