Britain basked in scorching sunshine over the weekend after temperatures reached 36 degrees across the country on Friday.The highest recorded temperatures that day were at Kew Gardens and Heathrow airport in London, both registering 36.4 degrees, but across the south east and up to Suffolk the mercury hit 35 to 36 degrees for large parts of the day.On the first day of a predicted five-day heatwave people flocked to beaches and parks to soak up the sun, despite warnings from local councils and Public Health England of the potential risks to health.Bournemouth Council issued a ‘red alert’ for six of its beaches, pleading for visitors to stay away, and Public Health England appealed for people to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, saying: “A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.”The RSPCA warned of the dangers for pets and urged caution by owners when out and about.Craig Snell from the Met Office told Yahoo News UK: “Friday was the hottest August day in England since 2003. Last Friday temperatures reached 37.8 degrees but that was one hot day, this current spell is expected to last into early next week.”The weekend continued to bring good weather, with Sunday bringing a temperature of 34C at Herstmonceux, East Sussex, and 33.8C at both Heathrow, London, and Gosport, Hampshire, the Met Office said.However, Saturday saw HM Coastguard deal with 340 incidents across the UK, which is the highest number of callouts on a single day for more than four years.
Charity pleads for animal-lovers to protect their pets as the UK faces the hottest day of the year so far.
The Met Office has issued a level 2 heat alert for EastAnglia and south England as temperatures look set to soar to 37C.
Locals in Cornwall fear they will be left paying the price in the form of a lockdown as an 'unprecedented' number of tourists visit the area.
Social distancing rules were ignored on Thursday as people headed to the beach on the south coast and football fans celebrated Liverpool's Premier League win at Anfield.
With temperature set to hit 30C, drivers have been urged to remove alcohol-based gels from their cars.
Brits are making the most of the June heatwave by basking in the sunshine – as temperatures are set to climb into the mid-30s.Thursday could see the hottest day of the year recorded as the mercury climbs towards the 34 degrees mark in the south of the UK.However, the record for the hottest June day ever looks set to remain in tact, as temperatures will not quite reach the 35.6c seen in 1976.The hottest day of the year so far was 28.9 degrees, which was recorded in Scotland’s border region in May.Temperatures on Tuesday reached the high 20s, sending sun worshippers to Britain’s beaches as a welcome respite from the coronavirus lockdown.However, with the dry and sunny weather expected and the government's COVID-19 alert level lowered to 3, emergency services across the country are urging people to continue to respect the two-metre social-distancing restriction.
Meteorologists say the recent sunny stretch following a long period of heavy rainfall is 'unprecedented and concerning'.
The report reveals that 11 of the 12 warmest years on record for the continent have occurred since 2000.
Met Office forecasters predict the country will be hotter than the holiday islands of Crete and Ibiza on Thursday and Friday.
Local authorities have urged residents to continue to remain indoors despite the warmer weather predicted for this weekend.
The Met Office said temperatures could hit 20C in parts of Britain at the weekend, bringing a 'mini heatwave'.