TEMPERATURES could reach as high as 30°C in the Stroud district this week.

The Met Office say that temperatures will climb through the week, potentially reaching record breaking levels by Thursday.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "The UK will experience another pulse of high temperatures this week, with the possibility of records being broken for not only July but also all-time records.

"The weather setup is broadly similar to the pattern that brought high temperatures to much of continental Europe at the end of June.

"As well as high temperatures during the day, overnight temperatures will also be notably warm and could also break records.

"Conditions will feel much more comfortable for all by the time we get to Friday."

The Met Office has temperatures in Stroud reaching 31°C tomorrow peaking between 3pm and 5pm, with highs of 25°C on Wednesday and 29°C on Thursday.

However, it looks like temperatures will cool down over the weekend, as temperatures are set to drop on Friday to 22°C and then 21°C on Saturday.

Thursday is expected to see the peak in temperatures with 37°C possible in the south east of England. The current July record is 36.7°C set at Heathrow in 2015. The all time UK temperature record is 38.5°C recorded in Faversham in August 2003.

The heatwave will start to break overnight into Friday, as a cold front pushes eastwards bringing rainfall and thunderstorms to some parts as fresher air moves in from the Atlantic.

Considering the widespread and prolonged high temperatures this week, many parts England are expected to reach the heatwave thresholds.