The Met Office has predicted record temperatures in the capital today, with the mercury nudging 35C in Greater London around 3pm (July 31).

Met Office forecasts have revealed that warm temperatures will surge throughout the day, marking the country's fourth heatwave in 2020, and likely the hottest.

But while conditions will end up glorious in most areas, Londoners may find themselves suffering under unbearable heat as the capital exceeds 35C.

Popular tourist spots on the continent including Ibiza, Lisbon and Berlin fall short of the UK high, reaching 33C (91.4F), 30C (86F) and 25C (77F) respectively.

Back home the hot weather will be widespread across south eastern areas in Kent and Cambridgeshire, where temperatures will stay around 33-34C (93.2F).

A spokesman for the Met added that popular south-coast destinations such as Devon, Cornwall will stay "fresher", with temperatures peaking in the mid 20s, and sunseekers in Brighton will enjoy a pleasant 28C (82.4F) high.

But the good weather is expected to be short-lived and therefore will not extend into the three-day "heatwave territory".

The front will result in temperature drops of up to 10C overnight with highs of 26C (78.8F) and 21C (69.8F) in London and Manchester respectively, on Saturday.

"We've not seen a temperature anywhere above 30 so far or even with a three in it, that is quite unusual for July," a Met spokesman said.

London will see the UK's highest temperature peak later today, so we've compiled an hour by hour weather forecast for July 31 Enjoy the sun!

Friday, July 31

08:00: 20C

09:00: 24C

10:00: 27

11:00 29C

Midday: 32C

13:00: 33C

14:00: 34C

15:00 34C

16:00 33C

17:00 32C

18:00: 30C

19:00: 29C

20:00: 27C

21:00: 26C

22:00: 24C

23:00 24C

Midnight: 23C