UK heatwave: Britain will be hotter than the Bahamas, Mumbai and even Rio de Janeiro

Temperatures are forecast to climb to 38C in parts of the UK

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The UK is experiencing something of a heat wave with the capital expected to be hotter than Mumbai, Johannesburg and parts of the Bahamas today.

Temperatures are expected to climb to at least 35C degrees in London – the hottest day in almost a decade – as throughout the UK Britons try and enjoy the sun. Temperatures will be higher than the following places.

Kingston, Jamaica - 32C

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The capital of the island country, average temperate for this time of year usually hovers around the 30 to 32 degree mark.

Sydney, Australia – 16C

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This is a slight cheat: Australia is after all in its winter months and hardly likely to compete with the African heat-wave washing over our shores.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 26C

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Average temperatures in the vibrant city for this time of year are actually lower than you might expect – around 25C – but would still normally beat our ‘British summers’ into the very long grass.

Mumbai, India - 31C 

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Parts of western India are currently sweltering with their own, far more serious, heatwave. But further south the Bollywood capital of India is enjoy a relatively (for them) balmy 31C.

Zagreb, Croatia - 24C

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(Rovinj, a popular town with tourists)

This summer’s ‘destination’ holiday location (according to various glossy magazines) sun-bathers on the islands may be disappointed.

Johannesburg, South Africa – 18C

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The Johannesburg skyline


Again, a slight cheat: it is technically the country’s winter at the moment. Even so, their winter’s hardly compare to ours.

Lisbon, Portugal – 20C

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A tourist uses an umbrella to protect from the sun as she goes for a walk by Cascais' beach on the outskirts of Lisbon


Also experiencing part of the African heat sweeping across Europe, we appear to have done much better out of it than our European neighbours.

Bahamas – 32C

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Long Island Breezes Hotel in the Bahamas


There has never been a frost or freeze in the Bahamas (unsurprisingly given its location). The islands are currently enjoying an above average warm-spell, although for the weather out there it’s all much of a much-ness.

Colombo, Sri Lanka – 29C

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Often sweltering under a humid environment, the capital city of Sri Lanka just misses out on a tropical rainforest climate. It has consistently warm weather all year round.

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