The UK’s all-time temperature record could be broken by Friday as the hot and dry summer continues.

Highs of up to 37 Degrees Celsius are forecast in southern, eastern and central England, but the Met Office says “if conditions all come together”, the record of 38.5 Degrees Celsius could be beaten.

That was set in Kent in August 2003.

Fire crews are urging people enjoying barbecues and other outdoor activities to avoid “careless and reckless” behaviour that could start a blaze.

In London, firefighters have already attended six times as many large grass fires this year as in the whole of 2017.

According to BBC News, Tom George, deputy commissioner and director of operations for London Fire Brigade, said the force was “fed up of politely asking people to take care”.

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