Britain basks in hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting
32.2C as forecasters predict a cooler weekend (but only by 4 degrees!)
- Temperatures reach 32.2C in Hampton, south-west London making it the new hottest day of the year
- Mercury reached 32C in Northolt, north-west London, while Heathrow recorded 31.9C
- A man and a boy drowned in a lake where swimming is banned in King's Lynn, Norfolk, while trying to cool off
- A woman swimmer also died after getting into difficulties in the sea off a beach in Looe, Cornwall last night
- Met Office issue a 'level three' heatwave warning, which means the weather can be a danger to the very old and young
- But there is no risk of a hosepipe ban yet because last summer was so
- Britain basks in the fifth consecutive day of 30C-plus weather today for the first time since 2006
With temperatures reaching 32.2C in
Hampton, south-west London, and the Met Office issuing a 'level three'
heatwave warning, many people are hoping the spell of good weather lasts
in time for the weekend.
their wishes will be answered, as forecasters predict the balmy weather
will still be around on Saturday - although it will be a touch cooler.
Thewest of England will still enjoy temperatures of 28C, while eastern and
central parts of England will have to make do with temperatures of
around 27C, as some cloud will blot the blue skies.
the Met Office estimates that much of the cloud will be burned off by
the bright sun and warned that there will be no fresh breezes as winds
are expected to be very light.
spokesman said: 'It will be dry, bright and continue to be very hot -
but will be slightly cooler as temperatures will vary between 26C and
28C across much of England'.
Glorious summer sun: Hugo Robinson (right) and
Josh Marks (left) enjoy the early start to their school's summer
holidays in the fountains at Gheluvelt Park in Worcester
Beautiful day: People on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as temperatures reached 32C yesterday
Sunseekers: People cool off in the Diana,
Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain in central London yesterday on the
warmest day of the year so far
Beautiful day: Leeya Shah, Cindy Huynh, Agnes Dolan, Steph Fogan andSophie Leach (from left to right) enjoy the sunshine in Peterborough
London sunshine: Swimmers enjoy an outdoor poolin central London, with the city's famous landmarks visible in the
Warm weather: Sunseekers enjoy the heat in Kensington as Britain has the hottest day of the year
Warm weather: A man rows on the river in Straford upon Avon, Warwickshire
Making a splash: Millie Aquilina, aged two,
plays in the sea at Southsea, Hampshire, after the Met office
issued a level three heatwave warning
Summer fun: Millie, aged two, plays with Molly Rose Anderson, also two, in the water at Southsea, Hampshire
There has been just 4mm of rain in
England and Wales so far this month and the country is on course to see
the driest July since records began in 1766 - as long as the good summer
weather holds for another two weeks.
The driest July ever recorded was in 1825 when just 8mm of rain fell.
Yesterday people were making the most of
the glorious summer sunshine and flooding onto the beaches, into parks
or simply going out in the back garden.
After 11 straight days of scorching
temperatures in excess of 28C, the mean temperature is a degree above
the July average of 23.4C.
Britain as a whole has only seen 9.2mm of rainfall so far this month, which is just 12 per cent of the July average of 34.6mm.
Scotland has seen the most rainfall so far with 16.8mm, but that is only 17 per cent of the monthly average.
'England and Wales have seen just 4mm
of rain this month', a Met Office spokesman said. 'But it's too early
to judge where it will end up in the record.'.
Summer fun: MailOnline reader Laura Hutchinson took her friend's
daughters out to the lavender fields near her home in Surrey to enjoy the weather. Scroll down to see more readers' pictures
Having fun: The two young girls play in the lavender field in Surrey
Beach day: Claire-Louise Catterall, 27 (left),
and Katrina Foulds, 26, (right) run through the water on Formby beach,
Picnic weather: Mandy Smith and Abigail Jones,
both 24, eat in the park as the prolonged spell of warm
Summer snooze: People in deckchairs in Stratford
Upon Avon, Warwickshire, as the Met Office issued a level three
Lavender field: Eve Williams, 24, walks through
the lavender at Cadwell Farm in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on what is
likely to be the warmest day of the year so far
Summer fields: Kathryn Wybrew, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, plays in Lavender fields in Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Making a splash: Cardiff University masters
graduates (from left to right) Emma Pryor, Lisa Advani and Jessica
Williams celebrate being awarded their degree certificates yesterday. They
are all International Relations students
Summer sun: Three young women enjoy the weather yesterday afternoon in Richmond, south-west London
Stream plunge? A boy swings across some water in Anstey, Leicestershire, yesterday afternoon on the hottest day of the year
Three woman in a boat: A group of people enjoy the hot weather on the water in Stratford Upon Avon
Sunbathing: A woman relaxes next to a lake at
Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn, Norfolk, where a 41-year-old man and a
16-year-old boy drowned while swimming in the water this week
Summer sun: Two people enjoy the hot weather in Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, yesterday morning
Sold out: B&Q run out of fans in a branch next to the Olympic Park in East London as Britain enjoys a prolonged heatwave
Summer sun: Chris Cook from Cornish Sea Horses
jumps off a horse into the sea, at the Long Rock Beach in Cornwall
Hottest day: Vikki Timmins rides her horse
in front of St Michael's Mount on the Long Rock Beach in Cornwall on
what was expected to be the warmest day of the year
Leap: Chris Cook jumps off a horse into the sea on Long Rock Beach as the country braces itself for the
warmest day of the year so far
Cooling off: Rachel Fairhurst rides her horse along the seafront at the Long Rock Beach in Cornwall
Beach weather: Rachel Fairhurst from Cornish Sea
Horse walks her horse Bella, down to the seafront at the Long Rock
Beach in Cornwall
Feeding time: Gary Devereaux, gives fish to the penguins at London Zoo in Regent's Park
Dolphins: Two adult dolphins and a baby dolphin seen in Fowey Harbour in Fowey, Cornwall
Seasonably warm: Three tourists shelter from the sunshine in Hyde Park as temperatures creep towards 32C
Too hot for cycling: Cyclists make their way
through Hyde Park on what was expected to be the warmest day
of the year so far
Dusty: Horse riders kick up sand as they ride through Hyde Park in central London
Coastal statue: Mr Darcy arrives out of the sea
in Scarnborough. The giant statue of Jane Austen's romantic hero has
been placed off the coast to celebrate the launch of a new television
Making a splash: Oscar, aged two, throws water
over his father in the paddling pool in his garden in Horley, Surrey.
The photo was sent in by his mother Emma Lopez
Suntan and a beer: Drinkers in Brel bar in Glasgow get free suntan lotion with beer in the hot weather
Beautiful Britain: A view across the beach at Saltash in Cornwall today as the country enjoys the warmest day of the year so far