Hottest day of year coming as scorching weather from 40C Spain blasts Brits

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    A sizzling Spanish heat plume 1000 miles wide is set to bring us 22C sunshine on the hottest day of the year so far.

    Millions of Britons will hit the beaches and beer gardens on Monday, as warm air blows north from record 40C Spain to give us perfect Bank Holiday weather. The UK will be warmer than 20C Malta, with clear skies following yesterday’s showers.

    But King Charles may not be so lucky next weekend, with forecasters warning a 500-mile-wide Atlantic rainmaker could make the Coronation a washout.

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    A Met Office forecaster said: “Temperatures are on the rise, especially across the South, as mild air is drawn up from the Atlantic. After Sunday’s heavy showers, Monday has sunny spells away from the North.”

    A massive 50,000 visitors are expected at Brighton beach today, along with 30,000 in Bournemouth and 25,000 in Blackpool. Daytrippers have been warned to expect heavy traffic, with long delays expected on coastal routes.

    The rest of the week will be “dry, with sunny intervals” and temperatures rising to a balmy 18C.

    It comes as southern Europe battles record-smashing heat, with temperatures reaching 38.8C in Cordoba, Spain, while Morocco in Northern African has had 41.3C.

    But conditions will start to cool for much of the UK by Saturday, with forecasters predicting grey skies and heavy showers.

    London and the south will remain a humid 21C, creating a risk of Coronation thunderstorms.

    The Met Office spokesman added: “There is the threat of changeable conditions and heavy showers, which may be thundery. With air drawn from the southeast, temperatures may rise in southern areas into the low 20s.”

    Last night bookies Ladbrokes slashed the odds from 5/1 to just 2/1 on Saturday being the wettest day of the year.

    Spokesman Alex Apati said: “Thousands are expected to gather in and around Westminster for King Charles’ Coronation next weekend. They’ll have to brace themselves for record-breaking reign if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

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