THE hot weather which has baked the UK over the last few days is set to continue today and tomorrow.

The Met Office says the mercury is expected to push 30C (86F) across southern and western England and 25C (77F) in Belfast, with temperatures forecast to be slightly cooler in the east.7C 

In Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbigshire temperatures are forecast to reach a high of 28C today and 29C tomorrow.

The hottest part of the day will be between 4pm and 6pm.

The forecast is the same for Cheshire West.

Bala will be one of the hottest places in the region, with temperatures up to 29C today and tomorrow.

In Conwy, Bangor and Anglesey temperatures are expected to rise to 25C today before increasing to 27C on Thursday.

On Friday, temperatures are expected to reach 26Cacross most of North Wales and Cheshire West before falling to 20C or 21C over the weekend.

It comes after England reached its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday – 32.2C (89.96F) recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London.

The previous high for the year was 31.6C (88.88F), which was also recorded at Heathrow on Sunday.

An amber extreme heat warning remains in place for central and southern England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland.

While much of the UK is set to sizzle on Wednesday, scattered thunderstorms are forecast to return across the east of England.

However, the wet weather is not expected to be as serious as the downpours which saturated south-eastern and central England on Tuesday.

As of 5am on Wednesday, the Environment Agency has 17 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – in place throughout parts of London, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.