British tourist hotspots are expecting a £2.1billion boost as huge numbers take a ‘staycation’ this weekend amid a potentially record-breaking heatwave.
Some 8.6million people are planning an overnight trip in the UK this bank holiday weekend, according to research by Visit England.
The figures, from the tourist body’s August Trip Tracker survey, are the highest since the research began in its current form in 2012.
Some 8.6million people are planning an overnight trip in the UK this bank holiday weekend, according to research by Visit England. Pictured are sunseekers cramming on to the beach at Woolacombe in Devon
British tourist hotspots are expecting a £2.1billion boost as huge numbers take a ‘staycation’ this weekend amid a potentially record-breaking heatwave. Two sun seekers in Bournemouth make the most of the hot weather (pictured)
The record for the warmest August bank holiday weekend dates from 2001, when 31.5C (88.7F) was recorded at Heathrow. This man donned a pair of speedos in Bournemouth as he relaxed on a scooter yesterday
Three girls take advantage of the soaring temperatures as they bask in the sun while clutching water bottles to stay hydrated
The figures, from the tourist body’s August Trip Tracker survey, are the highest since the research began in its current form in 2012. Beaches like this one in Bournemouth (pictured) are set to stay busy for the duration of the bank holiday weekend
The UK is set to roast under a severe heatwave with temperatures reaching as high as 91F (32C) this Bank Holiday break. From Friday afternoon, south-easterly winds will draw warm air from Europe towards the UK, bringing rising temperatures along with dry and settled weather
Britain had foggy start yesterday but the sun will shine over most of the country throughout the Bank Holiday weekend
The number of trips has increased by 66 per cent in four years, with 5.1million staycations over the August bank holiday weekend in 2015.
It comes as temperatures could reach 33C (91F) in parts of southern England tomorrow as warm and sunny weather covers the country.
The record for the warmest August bank holiday weekend dates from 2001, when 31.5C (88.7F) was recorded at Heathrow. The warmest August bank holiday Monday was in 2017 when Holbeach, Lincolnshire, reached 28.2C (82.8F).
Patricia Yates of Visit England said: ‘It is great to see that more Brits are planning a holiday at home this long weekend and will be out enjoying the outstanding destinations right on our doorstep.’
The tourism boom comes as health officials urge those vulnerable to the heat to keep their homes cool, stay hydrated and wear sun protection.
A series of heat health warnings have been issued by the Meteorological Office and Public Health England covering south and east England, the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
A festival-goer enjoys a cool beverage on Friday at Leeds Festival, held in Bramham Park in Yorkshire. Temperatures are set to soar over the weekend, with forecasters predicting it could be one of the hottest August Bank Holidays on record. But the thousands of music fans didn’t seem fazed by the hot weather
Thousands of music fans soak up the sun yesterday as they took in day one of the Leeds Festival and kicked off a four-day party, despite forecasters warning of a severe and potentially record-breaking Bank Holiday weekend heatwave
Many dressed up in a colorful array of outfits as they enjoyed the start of the Leeds and Reading Festivals. Pictured left is a fan in Leeds dressed in a starry ensemble while pictured right, also at Leeds, is a woman dressed in striking neon fishnet trousers
Among the measures suggested are to cover windows in at least one room so people have a cool place to get out of the sun.
Officials also advise drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol, applying sunscreen and wearing a hat if going out, and to check up on those who may be less able to look after themselves.
Dr Emer O’Connell of Public Health England said: ‘For many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy.
However for some, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks.’
Heat health alerts are issued if temperatures are forecast to exceed a threshold of 30C (86F) by day and 15C (59F) overnight for at least two days.
Public Health England issued a national heatwave level three heatwave action between Saturday to Monday across the country, particularly from the east where the temperatures are expected to be higher than the rest of England
The warmer weather comes just in time for the long weekend after an appalling August that saw approximately 94mm (3.7in) of rain fall across the UK between August 1 and 17 – about 5 per cent above the national average for the entire month (Pictured: two ladies soaking up the sun on a beach in Brighton)
Some children head towards the rock pools in search of crabs with their fishing nets and buckets at a Woolacombe beach in Devon
Among those expected to enjoy the hot weather are music lovers making their way to Bramham Park for Leeds Festival (pictured)
Hundreds of families flock to a beach at Woolacombe in Devon clutching body-boards ahead of the glorious three-day weekend
Many people are expected head to the beach to enjoy the warmer weather over the Bank Holiday Weekend (Pictured: Lily Mandeville, 18, from Woolacombe, Devon, enjoying the surf ahead of long weekend)
While some chose to drink to cool off, others picked other methods including this reveller who enjoyed an ice cream as she took in the festivities on day one of Leeds festival
Temperatures are meant to soar over the weekend with the met office issuing weather warnings for the weekend. But fans appeared not to be affected by the searing heat
Fans cheered and sang as they enjoyed day one of the festival yesterday. This young woman held an inflatable flamingo above her head as she sat on the shoulders of a friend
The warm weather is due to bring temperatures of up to 30C (86F) in southern England today and 27C (81F) in northern cities and parts of North Wales, before rising higher still tomorrow in southern and eastern counties.
It is set to be cloudier and cooler in the North-West of England tomorrow and Monday, with temperatures rising to 23C (73F). It will remain dry, however, and sunny spells are still likely.
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: ‘We’ve had a fairly wet and windy August so far, however that’s going to change as we see high temperatures, sunshine and light winds return.’
The very high temperatures had been expected to continue into Monday but are now likely to fall back.
The good weather saw jams on the roads as millions started their bank holiday weekend early.
The biggest delays were on the M4 near Bath and the M5 near Clevedon, Somerset, where queues stretched back 24 miles.
Parts of the rail network are closing for engineering work over the weekend, with Kings Cross in London shut for track replacement.
Delighted music fans cheer wildly as they watch an artist perform on stage during Leeds Festival 2019 at Bramham Park on August 23, the first day of the festival
Paddle boarders make an early start to the August bank holiday weekend in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
Two boys enjoyed the sunny weather in Broadstairs, Kent, yesterday by the shallows as they look for sea creatures with their nets
A couple enjoy the sunny weather on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, ahead of the predicted hot weather over this bank holiday weekend
Dozen of people packed the beach in Broadstairs on Friday enjoying the sunny weather, before the temperatures rise over the Bank Weekend weekend
Festival-goers seemed oblivious to the heat as they basked in the sunshine and wandered around campsites. Thousands of Leeds Festival attendees were seen dressing brightly in the sun
The Met has advised people to keep hydrated with water and for high risk groups such as the elderly and young children to stay out of the sun (beach goers in Swanage, Dorset)
These beach goers cover up with hats as they enjoy the sea breeze on a beach in coastal town of Broadstairs
This man was spotted holding the fort while his fellow beach goers left him in charge of their line of deckchairs in Broadstairs, Kent