Revellers enjoyed the balmy weather across the UK last night, ahead of what is predicted to be one of the warmest day of the year so far.
In each of the UK’s major towns and cities, pubs and clubs enjoyed a booming night in trade thanks to the warm climes.
Young women donned some of the latest in-style trends, wearing boldly printed shirts and blazer dresses in a nod to this summer’s tailored chic look.
In Leeds, an extravagantly dressed bride-to-be and her merry maids were pictured enjoying a hen night like no other while an equally fashion-conscious crew held a hen night in Manchester.
In Birmingham, one partygoer had to be helped to her feet while others were pictured enjoying the city’s fames street food.
Health warnings have already been issued about this week’s heatwave, which is expected to bring the hottest day of the year and put pressure on water supplies.
Today, parts of the UK could see temperatures nearing 86F (30C), in London and southeast England it is expected to be hotter than parts of the Maldives with highs of 84.2F (29C).
The highest temperature recorded in the UK so far this year was was 90.8F (32.7C) on June 17 in Heathrow, the Met Office said.
Brits are being urged to prepare for the heatwave coming to the UK. Pictured. Pictured: Revellers enjoy the warm temperatures of Saturday night out in Manchester City Centre
Temperatures could peak at 91.4F (33C) on Tuesday, as a heatwave hits the UK. Pictured: Two ladies on a hen-do appreciated the summer heatwave last night in Leeds
London and south-east England are expected to see highs of 29C today. Pictured: Partygoers in Leeds enjoying the summer heat
Joggers were out early this morning enjoying the sunny weather as they ran around Hyde Park
Temperatures are set to hit 29C today in London, while Tuesday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year. Pictured: A man cooling off with a morning swim in Hyde Park
A number of health warnings have been issued as the country plunges into heatwave. Pictured: Partygoers on Broad Street in Birmingham revelling in the summer heat
Novak Djokovic warms up during a practice session at Wimbledon, as the London heat is set to reach 83F (28C)
People flocked to city centres last night to enjoy the warm weather and are predicted to keep doing so as the temperatures are set to get higher
This reveller enjoyed some hot food on her hot night out in Birmingham, where the temperature is set to reach 79F (26C) later this week
A record-shattering 43C Saharan scorcher could be becoming to Britain next weekend, as a long-range weather computer is predicting a ‘Saharan heatwave’.
It predicted that air temperatures could rise to the peak temperature in London, with other areas in the south seeing temperatures in the high 30s to low 40s, likening western Europe to an extension of Saharan desert.
Long-range forecasting works by ‘modelling’ possible outcomes, with the 43C option being an extreme high.
While unlikely, weather experts said even the fact it is being suggested as physically possible is a worrying sign. Britain’s current high-temperature record is 101.6F (38.7C) in Cambridge in 2019.
The extreme heat predicted for the upcoming week means that South West Water has called on customers to try to save five litres of water a day to maintain reservoir levels, admitting that pressure on supplies is building.
Lisa Gahan, the director responsible for water resources, said there had been no restrictions in the region since 1976 and ‘if we are careful we can have another year without any restrictions’.
Long-range weather computers have suggested that air temperatures could reach a sweltering 107.6F (42C) next Sunday
Long-range weather computers have suggested that air temperatures could rise to the peak temperature in London
Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UK Health Security Agency, said: ‘We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but also to check in on their vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are prepared for the warm conditions ahead.
‘High temperatures are predicted for a prolonged period, so make sure to follow our simple health advice to beat the heat, such as covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and making sure that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly.’
Sam Hughes, National Water Safety Partner at the RNLI said, urged Brits to stay safe at the coast, when they’re cooling off.
‘If you are planning on going to the beach we would encourage you to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
‘If you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live: lean back, use your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.’
Met Office warns against cheap sunglasses
The Met Office is urging Brits to wear protective sunglasses as UV levels rise alongside temperatures this week.
Forecasters predict that UV levels will peak at level eight, referred to as ‘very high’ for the next three days.
Level eight is the highest level the UK usually reaches, with its peak at lunchtime.
‘UV can damage your eyes just like it damages your skin,’ Greg Dewhurst, Met Office senior meteorologist told the Telegraph.
‘They have to be UV-protective sunglasses – the cheaper ones are usually not.’
He recommended wraparound glasses, as these stop the sun from entering at the side as well.
The NHS advises Brits to choose ‘sunglasses with wraparound lenses or wide arms with the CE Mark and British Standard Mark 12312-1:2013 E’.