It doesn’t happen very often but London is set to be hotter than Malta on Thursday.
It could be the warmest day ever recorded in the UK, with sizzling temperatures likely to reach 39°C, according to the Met Office.
In Malta, the mercury is expected to hit 34°C, a full five degrees cooler than in the British capital city.
Malta’s weather for the next five days:
- Thursday: Hot and sunny, highs of 34°C, lows of 23°C
- Friday: Sunny, highs of 32°C, lows of 24°C
- Saturday: Hot and sunny, highs of 34°C, lows of 24°C
- Sunday: Sunny, highs of 32°C, lows of 24°C
- Monday: Windy but dry, highs of 31°C, lows of 24°C
Britain is roasting in the searing grip of a heatwave that has melted roads and even buckled railway lines.
The extreme weather, that caused sleepless nights for many across the UK, sparked spectacular thunderstorms on Wednesday with an incredible 45,000 lightning strikes overnight across much of England, Wales and Scotland.
However sun lovers have been lapping up the glorious sunshine amid the four-day scorcher.
Beaches in Brighton, Dorset, Kent and Devon are just some of the sandy coastlines packed with sunbathers.
Weather experts said there is a 60 per cent chance that Thursday could be the hottest day on record in the UK, depending on the amount of cloud.
Meanwhile, France has smashed its highest temperature since records began.
On Tuesday, Météo-France registered 41.2°C in the city of Bordeaux, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7°C.
Forecasters predict a record-breaking run across Europe this week, including Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Authorities around Europe have issued health warnings, encouraging older or vulnerable people to be particularly vigilant.
The World Meteorological Organisation said that 2019 is on track to be among the world’s hottest years ever.
Ten tips for coping with hot weather in Malta
Maltese health officials have urged everyone to take care, and encouraged people to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours and relatives in the heatwave.
Their top tips include:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
- If you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat, avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day in Malta, between 11am and 3pm.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades outside the windows.
- Have cool baths or showers
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol
- Listen to alerts on the radio and social media about keeping cool.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, elderly relatives and neighbours