Will today be the hottest day June day for 176 years?

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The mercury could set records today as Britain is forecast to bake in temperatures not seen for 176 years! Forecasters have predicted that todays Summer Solstice could rival those set in June 1976, where 35.6C (96F) was reached in Southhampton, the highest temperature for the month since records began in 1841.

In Buxton and the Peak District, highs of 24C are forecast with the possibility of isolated thunderstorms in the late afternoon across the Northern region, with the risk of hail, gusty winds and lightening. Tonight will be warm again with minimum temperatures of 18C. Highs of 34C are forecast in London today.

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave warning and it is in force from until this Thursday at 9am across the East Midlands (which includes Buxton and the Peak District) and all of the south of England.

The Met Office advised to take extra care in the heat, particularly older persons who may live alone – make sure they know what to do; drink plenty of water, particularly the elderly who can become dehydrated much more quickly and don’t forget to wear a sunscreen on your skin. Keep drinking fluids throughout the day . Never leave dogs in hot cars and ensure pets are given plenty of fluids – you can mix water in with their food to ensure they get enough liquid this way.

For a detailed forecast for Buxton and the Peak District and live updates on weather and road conditions, go to www.buxtonweather.co.uk