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England to bask in hottest day of the year tomorrow as temperatures rocket to 84F

Britons have been basking in the sun to kick off a sizzling weekend ahead of the hottest day of the year tomorrow as England kick off their Euro 2020 Championships against Croatia. 

The mercury will soar just in time for kick-off at Wembley on Sunday afternoon with temperatures hitting highs of 84.2F, while opponents Croatia's fans will be comparatively cooler at 79F back home.

The soaring temperatures could make Sunday the warmest June 13 on record. 

It comes after a day of 78F on Saturday which saw Britons flocking to the beaches, sunbathing in the park and enjoying a trip to the races in the heat.

Many were clearly making the most of the weather amid the heatwave as they gathered in the nation's beauty spots.

Sun worshippers have flocked to the beaches across Britain for a scorching weekend as a group of friends took to the sand in Bournemouth

The beaches were full of Britons who were seen enjoying the June heatwave that will likely see the hottest temperature of the year so far. Pictured: Bournemouth

A sunbather relaxes in Canterbury, Kent, as Britain enjoys hotter temperatures than many popular holiday destinations in Europe

Glamorous racegoers dressed to the nines as they headed to the York Races on Saturday in the sun as they enjoyed a day out 

Football fans are set to bask in the hottest day of the year tomorrow as England kick off their Euro 2020 championship against Croatia. Pictured: Brighton beach on Saturday

Thousands of people flocked to the beaches of Bournemouth on Saturday to bask in the summer sun as Britons made the most of the weather

Some even took a dip in the River Cam in Cambridge while enjoying a punt with friends on a sunny Saturday afternoon

Parts of the UK will be hotter than holiday destinations in Ibiza, Mykonos and even California due to a high pressure moving in from the south.

Saturday will also be warm for England, Wales and most of Scotland, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s, the Met Office said.

The hottest temperature recorded so far this year was 28.3C in Northolt, north-west London, on June 2.

Forecaster Alex Burkill told the PA news agency: 'The picture this weekend looks very warm and sunny for much of the country, with highs of 25C (77F) in the south-east on Saturday.

'There will be some showers in parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland, and some cloud in the north-west though it will remain very warm in the sunshine.'

People relax in the sunshine on Wimbledon Common on a hot day in London as temperatures soar across the country this weekend

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Paddleboarders and surfers take part in a protest to raise awareness for climate action in the sea at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth near the G7 meeting

Students took to the water in Cambridge on a day of sizzling temperatures as Britons headed outside to make the most of the weather

Parts of the UK will be hotter than holiday destinations in Ibiza, Mykonos and even California due to a high pressure moving in from the south

Parts of Wales could be as hot as 21C (69.8F) during the afternoon, as the nation braces itself for its first Euro 2020 match against Switzerland.

Sunday is expected to be the warmer of the two days, with the temperature possibly surpassing 30C (86F) in the South East, which has never been seen on June 13.

Mr Burkill added: 'Sunday is likely to be the hottest day of the weekend, with temperatures reaching 29C (84.2F) in London and the south east, while the bulk of the country will be dry with lots of sunshine.

'This heat is likely to be widespread in the mid-20s which is above the average for this time of year.'

He said that while it's 'unlikely' the mercury could sneak up to 30C (86F), it 'shouldn't be ruled out'.

The hottest temperature recorded so far this year was 28.3C in Northolt, north-west London, on June 2

People make their way along the Long Walk in Windsor as the Queen celebrated her official birthday with the Trooping the Colour

Sunday is expected to be the warmer of the two days, with the temperature possibly surpassing 30C (86F) in the South East, which has never been seen on June 13

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

People gathered at a fan area in Potters Field in London watch as Wales took on Switzerland in the Euro 2020 Championships

The steps to the beach are packed as sunbathers and visitors flock to Durdle Door

Betmakers have made it odd-on that this weekend will see the hottest temperatures of the year so far, with Ladbrokes and Coral offering odds of 1-2

Mr Burkill went on to say: 'It's down to some high pressure building from the south-west, dragging sunny, dry weather from Spain, which are the perfect ingredients for the conditions many will see.'

The AA has warned parents and animal owners to ensure their children or pets are not left in locked cars, saying a dog is vulnerable to the heat in less than half an hour. 

Betmakers have made it odd-on that this weekend will see the hottest temperatures of the year so far, with Ladbrokes and Coral offering odds of 1-2. 

Ladbrokes are also making it only 3-1 that the all-time June record temperature of 96F is broken this month.  

Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said: 'We're not even half-way through the month yet but all bets are off when it comes to June 2021 going down in history as an absolute scorcher.'

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