It is set to be the hottest day of the year with temperatures are predicted to rise to 39°C in the UK, setting a new record.

The temperature will continue to soar this week, reaching tropical heights of 35°C in Gloucestershire.

Work Experience student Leah Welch compiled a list of the forecasted temperatures for towns in Gloucestershire for Thursday July 25 according to the MET office:

Bourton-on-the-Water 34°C

Chalford 31°C

Cheltenham 33°C

Chipping Campden 33°C

Cirencester 33°C

Dursley 32°C

Gloucester 33°C

Malmesbury 33°C

Minchinhampton 33°C

Moreton In Marsh 34°C

Nailsworth 33°C

Northleach 33°C

Painswick 32°C

Stow-on-the-Wold 33°C

Stroud 33°C

Tetbury 33°C

Tewkesbury 34°C

Wotton-Under-Edge 32°C

Yate 31°C

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK was 38.5°C in Faversham in 2003 and the weather looks set to break that record on today with temperatures in the South East predicted to potentially reach up to 39°C.

In these extreme temperatures it is important to look out for vulnerable people such as the elderly and children as well as pets. Make sure they are not overheating and they are well hydrated.

Stay in the shade as much as possible and keep cool but drinking plenty of fluids and not venturing out in the hottest part of the day: between 11am and 3pm.

As ever, wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as per NHS guidelines and encourage others to do the same.