England is set to beat Italy this week – in temperatures.
From Wednesday, Brits will bask in weather hotter than those being enjoyed by the Euro 2020-winning nation.
Sunshine is coming home with a 1,000-mile wide “heat bulge” from mainland Europe that is predicted to send the mercury here soaring to 30C.
And it’s set to last into the first two weeks of Britain’s liberation from lockdown.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “The sun will cheer up the country with the 30C hottest days of the year on the cards by the weekend.”
Former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of Weather Trending added: “We may reach 30C for the first time this summer, with sustained warm weather possible into next week.”
Temperatures are predicted to hit 25C on Wednesday, climbing to at least 30C by Saturday.
It has prompted bookies to slash odds on the UK sizzling in the hottest day of the year this week.
Ladbrokes is offering 2/1 on temperatures rising to 28.8C and above before the week is out.
Spokesman Alex Apati said: “We’re well on course for a scorching few days this week, which could just break records for 2021.”
Temperature charts from Netweather show the UK blazing red at 25C between July 17 and 18.
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The same is expected into and after Boris Johnson’s promised “Freedom Day” on July 19.
It comes as the country has been plagued by recent downpours and thunderstorms.
The Met Office said from July 19 there is an “increased chance of some very warm or hot spells occurring”.
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It predicts the hot spell may last until at least August 2.
But it’s not expected to be totally endless sunshine for weeks, with north-western areas expected to see the occasional bout of rain in the period.
Southern areas have also been given a low chance of seeing some thunderstorms.
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