BRITAIN is set to be hotter than HAWAII this weekend as the temperatures could smash the previous June record of 35.6C.
A “tongue of fire” – the 1,500-mile wide heatwave scorching Europe – has already seen France endure its hottest day ever at 45.8C, as it inches closer to the UK.
Met Office forecasters have said there is a 50 per cent chance of breaking this month’s 35.6C record – set on June 29, 1957, in London and on June 28, 1976 in Southampton.
It could be the hottest June day for 178 years, which is when the Met Office records began in 1841.
Hawaii is expected to reach 29C tomorrow as forecasters believe the East of England between London and Lincolnshire will comfortably go above 30C.
In Europe, three beach goers died this week on French shores when the swimmers reportedly collapsed after taking to the sea to try to cool down.
Glastonbury Festival-goers basked in the sunshine as temperatures pushed its past Friday record of 31.2C – which was set in 2017.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “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.”
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.”
It predicted to be a mad dash for the salty shores tomorrow as 150,000 beach visitors are expected at Brighton, with 75,000 in Bournemouth, 75,000 in Great Yarmouth and 50,000 in Blackpool.
Daytrippers have been warned of potential traffic jams on coastal routes, including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.
RAC trends data predicts 30,000 UK breakdowns across all providers with call-outs doubling in tourist areas.
Brits are predicted to quench their thirst this weekend as 2.5million cans and bottles of beer, and 2million bottles of wine are expected to be bought from Tesco.
The supermarket’s weekend sales are also expected to total 500,000 packets of sausages, 250,000 tubs of ice cream and 200,000 ice lollies.