If the Aztecs were still around this week then they’d be in full-on blood’n’guts sacrifice mode – the sun gods are poised to bless us with tropical conditions as Britain braces for a much needed heatwave!

After a weekend of mixed weather, the mercury is set to soar to 34 degrees by Friday, according to the Met Office, making it the hottest day of the year to-date and finally giving us something to celebrate!

From Sloughdi Arabia to the Costa del Solihul, from Papa New Forest to Derbydos, Britain is going to feel like another country altogether as the heatwave hits.

And then? Well probably rain by Monday, so quintessential British weather.

Britain’s hottest day to-date was Wednesday 24th June when we managed 31 degrees at Heathrow, but even if we experience a massive 34 this week doesn’t come close to last year’s high of 38.7. But then we’ve got all summer to work at it.

The irony probably isn’t lost on anyone currently holidaying in Spain and suddenly subject to the UK’s new quarantine measures: Britain is set to bask in Barcelona-beating heat this weekend.

Meanwhile, pack up your winter wardrobe, grab a desk fan while they’re still in the shops and stock up on Pimm’s, the summer’s finally here!

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