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It is officially the hottest day of the year so far in the UK with temperatures surpassing 34C (93F) in west London. A temperature of 34.4C was recorded at Heathrow Airport and is expected to rise further during the day.The UK's all-time temperature record could be broken by Friday as the hot and dry summer continues.The Met Office said "if conditions all come together" the record of 38.5C (101F) - set in Kent in August 2003 - could be beaten.Temperatures of 37C (99F) have been forecast in southern, eastern and central England for Friday.
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Meanwhile, London's fire chief has called for barbecue bans to be imposed in the capital's parks after a record-breaking number of grass fires.London Fire Brigade's Commissioner Dany Cotton urged all borough councils to impose a temporary ban in the "tinder dry capital" as it was "only a matter of time" before someone was seriously hurt.There have already been 43 large grass fires in London so far this year, compared to seven in the whole of 2017.
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