Friday is set to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures expected to be above 30C.

Despite the unseasonably chilly July, Britons have been enjoying the good weather over the past few days and temperatures are expected to peak tomorrow and surpass this year's record.

So far this month, the highest maximum temperature recorded was 28.5C on July 17 at Heathrow Airport.

But the good weather is expected to be short-lived. The Met Office said the hot weather would not extend into the three-day “heatwave territory”.

A spokesperson for Met Office said: “We’re expecting (Friday) temperatures to potentially get to 33, certainly isolated 33s, which may just get the warmest day of the year, though there was a 33.4 in June.

“We’ve not seen a temperature anywhere above 30 so far or even with a three in it – that is quite unusual for July.”

They added: "In terms of shifting the overall weather stats for the month, it’s not going to do much to the average.”

Below is an hour-by-hour look at the weather in Epping Forest for the rest of today and Friday:

Thursday - max 28C

Epping Forest Guardian:

Thursday (today) is forecast to be dry and sunny. The temperature at 1pm was 24C, according to Met Office. This will rise over the next few hours and reach the peak of 28C at 5pm.

From 5pm, temperatures will begin to drop, but will still stay above 20C until 11pm.

Friday - max 32C

Epping Forest Guardian:

Friday is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far. Overall, it will be hot and sunny, with the weather turning increasingly humid later.

It will be coolest in the morning, with a temperature of 18C at 6am. Met Office says it will be sunny as the temperature rises throughout the morning. By 10am, it will be 25C.

By noon, the temperature will reach 29C. It will be slightly hotter (at 31C) between 1pm to 3pm, although there may be some light rain.

Epping Forest Guardian:

The mercury is expected to be at its highest (32C) by 4pm.

There is a chance of thunderstorm and rain at around 6pm - although it is not expected to last long. 

The evening will still be quite warm in the evening with the temperature at 26C at 8pm.

By 10pm-11pm, temperature will go down to 23C to 22C.

Saturday - max 24C

Although temperatures will have dropped, it will still be quite warm on Saturday.

It will be quite dry, with the weather changing from cloudy to sunny by late morning.

Temperatures will range from 14C to 24C.

Sunday - max 22C

Sunday will cooler than Saturday. It will be cloudy changing to sunny weather by lunchtime.

Temperatures will range from 14C to 22C.