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Health warning: The UK could see record-breaking temperatures on Friday, with forecasters saying it could be the hottest day of the year.

People are being warned not to be “caught out” by soaring temperatures, with the UK expected to be hotter than some of Europe’s top holiday destinations, including Ibiza and Tenerife.

The mercury is set to rise to 37C (98.6F) in London and the South East on Friday, the second day of a heatwave expected to last until at least Sunday.

Forecasters believe Friday could even surpass the 37.8C (100.04F) recorded in Heathrow on July 31 – the hottest day of the year so far, and the UK’s third warmest ever.

But the Met Office has warned that after a slightly cooler week

 people could underestimate the heat, which could cause dehydration and sunburn, especially among the most vulnerable.

Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said: “Everyone needs to be careful during this heatwave, especially on Friday, where we are going to see a dramatic rise in temperature in some parts, exceeding the heatwave threshold.

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