People across the country are set to sizzle on what could be the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures are expected to hit 33C (91.4F).

Parts of the UK are due to be hotter than the likes of the Maldives and the Bahamas, with the sunny weather set to last until the weekend.

In central, southern and eastern England, temperatures will soar on Monday afternoon as the latest heatwave continues, the Met Office said.

At the moment, the country’s record high for 2022 stands at 32.7C (90.9F), which was seen at Heathrow on 17 June.

On Sunday, Scotland and Northern Ireland had their hottest days of the year so far, recording 27.3C (81.1F) and 24.3C (75.7F) respectively.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst explained that high pressure is expected to “dominate” on Monday, particularly in England and Wales.

“In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it will be somewhat hazy at times with thick cloud moving in from the north-west, possibly bringing some rain at times,” he added.

“But for most of us, it will be a dry and sunny day, well into the high 20s from the morning, with central, southern and eastern parts of England to possibly see maximum highs of 33C.

“So it’s very possible tomorrow will be the hottest day of the year so far, it will certainly be on par with the existing record, maybe more.”

While lots of people will enjoy seeing temperatures climb, Mr Dewhurst has warned that it will also be “very warm” overnight, remaining in the low 20s in some cities.

“So, many may experience an uncomfortable night,” he warned.

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson added that record-breaking weather could be seen at the weekend.

“At the moment, temperatures are likely to reach the low to mid-thirties in the South next weekend, but there is currently 30% chance the UK maximum temperature record will be beaten, which stands at 38.7C (102F),” she said.

“There is now a worrying 10% chance that 40C (104F) will be reached for the first time in the UK.”

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Heat-health alert in place for some areas

In fact, temperatures are expected to reach such levels that a heat-health alert has been issued for some parts of the country.

People in the affected areas have been advised to cover their windows and check on the vulnerable and the elderly.

The UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office have put in place a level 3 alert for the East of England, South East and London.

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A level 2 alert has been issued for the South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regions.

A level 2 alert is issued when there is a “high chance” of the forecasted conditions, while level 3 means there is a “90% probability”.

The alerts will be in place from 9am on Monday until 9am on Friday.

Later in the week, the hot spell looks set to subside when a cold front is expected to start pushing in.

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