South-east UK sees hottest day of the year

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Image caption Tennis fans soaked up the sun at Wimbledon as the UK saw the hottest day of the year so far

The hottest day of the year so far in the UK has been recorded, the Met Office has said, as temperatures soared to 27.7C (81.9F) in the South East.

The reading was recorded in the village of Writtle in Essex, shortly before 15:00 BST.

The previous hottest day was on 18 June in Fife, when the temperature reached 27C (80.6F).

A spokesman for Met Office said: "We could see a similar temperature cropping up tomorrow."

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Media captionBBC forecaster Louise Lear looks ahead to see if the warm weather will continue

He added that Thursday's recording, while warm, was not exceptional.

"Friday is expected to be hot, particularly in the East Anglia area, but after that we are expecting it to drop slightly," the spokesman said.

The South East has seen the majority of the sunshine, while temperature levels in the "high teens" were recorded in northern England, and Scotland, the Met Office said.

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Image caption More high temperatures are expected on Friday, forecasters said
Image caption The highest temperature was recorded in Essex, but in central London Sophie Cannon, 27, and Katie Gales, 26 were among the sunbathers

The hottest temperature of last year - 34.1C - was recorded at Heathrow on 1 August.

In 2012, levels reached 32.4C on 18 August in Cavendish, Suffolk, and in 2011, a reading of 33.1C was recorded in Gravesend, Kent, on 27 June.

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