SWINDON is set to be as hot as the French Riviera next week, as temperatures hit 30C on Tuesday.

Forecasters have suggested the town could be in for a heatwave by Wednesday, with southern and eastern England sweltering under 27C heat for at least three days in a row.

Andy Page, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “As we head into next week temperatures will increase daily across much of England and Wales as hot air is drawn up from France and Spain.

“Temperatures could reach 34C by Wednesday in parts of central, southern or eastern areas and heatwave thresholds are likely to be reached in some places.”

Swindon is forecast to experience highs of 30C on Tuesday, before dropping down to 26C on Wednesday and Thursday.

By contrast, temperatures in French Riviera city Nice will continue to rise from 30C on Tuesday to 32C by Friday afternoon.