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Wales' hottest day as temperature hits 37.1C

Wales has provisionally recorded its hottest day ever with the mercury hitting 37.1C in Hawarden, Flintshire.

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The Met Office said it had broken the previous record of 35.2C, set in the same place in 1990.

Forecasters say temperatures may now have peaked across Wales but it will remain "very warm" on Monday night and could be the warmest on record.

Extreme heat warnings are in force into Tuesday.

Earlier, commuters were warned only to travel if essential and some schools advised pupils to wear cooler clothing.

A national emergency has been declared across the UK due to the hot weather.

Some trains have been cancelled as temperatures soared, with Network Rail saying in serious cases railway tracks could buckle in extreme heat.

The Met Office records data from 45 weather stations spread out across Wales - with 26 of them automatically taking the temperature every hour.

Earlier on Monday, a provisional new record in Wales was set at Gogerddan near Aberystwyth (35.3C) but this was still a few degrees cooler than the UK record of 38.7C set in Cambridge in 2019.

By 16:00 BST, Hawarden had its Welsh daily record back.

Forecasters had already warned that the heatwave could push the mercury to record levels either on Monday or Tuesday in both Wales and across the UK.

For the first time, a red extreme heat warning has been issued for the UK - covering large parts of England including London, Manchester, Birmingham and York on Monday and Tuesday - with predictions that temperatures could hit 41C (106F).

The Met Office's amber extreme heat alerts, which cover the whole of Wales, will also run until Tuesday night.

Aiden McGivern?, Met Office meteorologist said an "extraordinary area of very hot air" moved in from Spain and Portugal.

"It has peaked across Wales, I think overnight it starts to cool from the west while other parts of UK turn even hotter from Tuesday," he said.

"People struggle to cool down but overnight it's also a problem, it will be very warm tonight and it could be Wales' warmest night on record."

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