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Temperatures set to reach 32C in the south east

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Another sizzling weekend in prospect as of 30C heatwave returns

But good news is tempered by health alert

Wimbledon final Sunday is hottest day of the year

Thermometers expected to read 30°C or higher by the end of the day in the south

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That’s the jet stream, trapped by a warmer Arctic, sparking extreme weather across the planet

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Britain gets ready to bask in the sun as emergency services prepare for busy weekend

Sun worshippers are set to enjoy highs of up to 30C in parts of southern England on Sunday

It's chocs away with profit up at Thorntons

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Summer could be on the way for the south of England

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East Anglia got the summeriest weather, with highs approaching 18C

UK prepares to bask in the hottest days of the year but rain and thunderstorms also expected

Temperatures will reach a high of 26C today and could hit 30C tomorrow

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