The UK has seen temperatures soar this week – with things set to come to a sizzling head as a "tongue of fire" sweeps across the country.
Met Office forecasters say Saturday could be the hottest June day the UK has ever seen since records began 178 years ago, possibly breaking June's 35.6C UK record, set on June 29, 1957, in London.
It could even be hotter than the Caribbean and Hawaii for some, as the 1,500-mile wide heatwave nudging France's 44.1C (111F) temperature record extends to Britain.
The hottest temperatures are expected to be between London and Lincolnshire, where the mercury could nudge almost 36C.
The far west of the country in places such as north and west Wales, temperatures are expected to be a cooler 18C on Saturday.
North western parts are likely to see temperatures of around 23C – with a similar story for those in the north east.
In Scotland, temperatures could vary between 17C further north and 21C in Edinburgh – with the possibility of some showers later in the day.
Brian Gaze, the Weather Outlook forecaster, said: “A tongue of fire is extending from the continent to Britain, with highs up to 35C possible on 'Scorching Saturday,' after a 'Frazzled Friday' for many."
Day trippers are expected to clog roads with traffic jams due on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.
Tesco's weekend sales are expected to total 500,000 packets of sausages, 250,000 tubs of ice cream, 200,000 ice lollies, 2.5million cans and bottles of beer and 2million bottles of wine, sales trends showed.
Glastonbury-goers are also expected to enjoy the hottest festival weekend on record.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey added: “There's a 50 per cent chance of Saturday seeing over the 35.6C June record, most likely between London and Lincolnshire.
“Even York could see 32C. Friday had Glastonbury close to its 31.2C record.
“There's remarkable heat across many parts of Europe, with highs in the 40s and records being broken
“Saturday in the UK will be hot and sunny with very high UV, so take precautions, drink plenty of water and stay in the shade if you can.
“It's cooler on Sunday in Atlantic air, with 26C highs.”
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: “A pulse of air is coming from the continent, with a southerly wind flow and the focus of the highest temperature is shifting to the east of the UK."
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