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30C RED HOT WEEKEND; PHEW! Temperatures set to soar as two days packed with fun kick off.

Byline: By Dean Valler

COVENTRY and Warwickshire is set to bask in glorious sunshine this weekend as temperatures hit record levels.

A mini heatwave is expected to arrive tomorrow, sending temperatures soaring into the mid 80s.

And on Sunday, it could be a sweltering 86F (30C), making it Warwickshire's hottest day of the year.

Weather experts say the Midlands will be one of the warmest places in the UK - and the timing couldn't be better.

It's set to be an unforgettable weekend locally with one of the world's biggest rock groups The Red Hot Chili Peppers playing at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday and The Royal Show at Stoneleigh starting on the same day.

On Saturday, Hillfields gala day in Coventry and Kenilworth and Bulkington carnivals are set for a bumper turn-out because of the fine weather.

Thousands of people preparing barbecues, as England take on Portugal in the quarter-finals of the World Cup tomorrow afternoon, can also plan ahead without worrying about the threat of showers.

Experts at Bablake Weather Station, at Bablake School, in Coundon, Coventry, predict the next two days are going to make it the hottest weekend of the year.

Steve Jackson, Bablake Weather Station spokesman, said: "Anyone who enjoys hot, sunny days can look forward to the warmest weather of the year so far, with 30C likely by Sunday."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 30, 2006
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