Hot spell here to stay as Londoners enjoy hottest day of the year

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Hot spell here to stay as Londoners enjoy hottest day of the year

Londoners enjoyed glorious sunshine for the second day in a row on Sunday as forecasters predicted the warm weather would last well into next week.

People flocked to London parks and green spaces such as Primrose Hill - while others made their way to nearby beaches such as Weymouth and Bournemouth in Dorset.

Weymouth beach was packed this afternoon with families enjoying the unbroken sunshine.

The Met Office confimed Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far in both England and Wales with both countries recording temperatures higher than 30C.

The temperature reached 31.6C (88.9F) at Heathrow and 30.2C (86.4F) in Cardiff.

It said that record could be beaten in coming days.

Saturday was a record-breaking day for weather across the UK - with all four nations seing the hottest day of the year.

Northern Ireland experienced its hottest day ever on Saturday afternoon with 31.2C (88.16F) recorded in Ballywatticock, in County Down, beating the previous highest temperature of 30.8C (87.44F), which was reached on July 12 1983 and June 30 1976.

A temperature of 30.3C (86.54F) recorded in Coton In The Elms, Derbyshire, 29.6C (85.28F) reached in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales and 28.2C (82.76F) in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.

However, those highs are expected to be beaten on Sunday in Wales and England with temperatures predicted to reach 30C (86F) in Cardiff and 32C in London.

Londoners in Primrose Hill (PA)
Londoners in Primrose Hill (PA)

A Met Office spokesperson said: “We are expecting temperatures to continue on the high side right through until Thursday, although the day-to-day detail will change and there is a tendency for the highest maximum temperatures to migrate west.

“So, we are expecting Monday and Tuesday for the maximum temperatures to be in the South West and in South Wales, and then later in the week temperatures climbing across Northern Ireland and the North West.”

Temperatures are not expected to beat yearly records on Sunday in Northern Ireland or Scotland with highest estimates at 28C (82.4F) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and 22C (71.6F) in Threave, Scotland.

Sunday’s high temperatures mark the beginning of an official heatwave across the UK, as in London and the South East, temperatures must exceed 28C for at least three days to record a heatwave, and Sunday is the third day.

Sunbathers in Bouremouth (PA)
Sunbathers in Bouremouth (PA)

This requirement drops to 27C (80.6F) in the Midlands and 26C (78.8F) in the South West, which has also been met on Sunday and is also expected to continue throughout the week.

The Met Office is working with Public Health England to ensure that people stay safe in the hot conditions, urging the public to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and assist anyone who is more vulnerable to the heat.

Monday is set to still be warm in London - with temperatures of 29C predicted - with scattered showers.

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