REDDITCH is set to be as hot as Jamaica by the end of this week as a mini-heatwave is set to arrive in the UK.

Forecasters are predicting that Friday, June 17 could be the hottest day of the year, trumping the record of 27.5 degrees in May.

Redditch is set to bask in 29-degree heat according to the Met Office with a peak around 4 pm – that's the same temperature as tropical holiday destination Jamaica.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, Dan Rudman, said; “Temperatures will continue to rise as we go through the week, becoming well-above-average by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to exceed 30C and may even reach 34C in some places.” 

“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is unusual for the temperature to exceed these values in June. Many areas will also see some warm nights with minimum temperatures expected to be in the high teens or even low 20Cs for some overnight.” 

“The heat is a result of a mix of home-grown warming in the day due to high pressure, as well as a southerly airflow introducing some of the warm air from the continent to UK shores.”