Britain is poised for its hottest June day ever today, as a ‘tongue of fire’ inches closer from Europe and threatens to push temperatures higher than 96F.
The heatwave has already seen France endure its hottest day ever at 114F and it will boil the UK on what is being called ‘Scorching Saturday’.
The Met Office said there is a 50 per cent chance of ‘Scorching Saturday’ breaking June’s temperature record, set on June 29, 1957, in London, and June 28, 1976 in Southampton.
That would make it the hottest day since Met Office records began in 1841.
Experts say the East of England will see the hottest temperatures, particularly between London and Lincolnshire but even the north of the country will see high of around 90F.
The sun rises on what experts believe could be the hottest June day ever recorded, with a ‘tongue of fire’ moving in from Europe to sizzle the UK
Parts of the UK sizzled on the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to reach near record levels this weekend
Thousands are expected to take to beaches across the country to enjoy the heatwave this weekend.
Today, 150,000 beach visitors are expected at Brighton today, with 75,000 in Bournemouth, 75,000 in Great Yarmouth and 50,000 in Blackpool.
Meanwhile, Tesco’s weekend sales are expected to total 500,000 packets of sausages, 250,000 tubs of ice cream, 200,000 ice lollies, 2.5million cans and bottles of beer and 2million bottles of wine, according to sales trends.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘A tongue of fire is extending from the continent to Britain, with highs up to 96F possible on ‘Scorching Saturday’, after a ‘Frazzled Friday’ for many.’
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: ‘There’s a 50 per cent chance of Saturday seeing over the 96F June record, most likely between London and Lincolnshire.
‘Even York could see 90F. Friday had Glastonbury close to its 88F record.
The sun rises over Keyhaven Harbour in the New Forest on what promises to be another scorching and potentially record-breaking hot day
‘There’s remarkable heat across many parts of Europe, with highs and records being broken.
‘Saturday in the UK will be hot and sunny with very high UV, so take precautions, drink plenty of water and stay in the shade if you can.
‘It’s cooler on Sunday in Atlantic air, with 26C highs.’
Yesterday, parts of the UK experienced the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to reach near record levels this weekend thanks to the Saharan bubble.
According to the Met Office, the mercury climbed to 28.8C (84F) at around 1pm in Achnagart, Scotland and Chivenor in Devon on Friday, equalling 2019’s previous hottest day on June 2.
Hot weather covered the length and breadth of the country, with Porthmadog in Wales also seeing a temperature of 28.7C, meanwhile over at the Glastonbury festival in Somerset conditions have reached a warm 26C (79F), still some way off 2017’s record temperature of 31.2C (88F).
But the heat has claimed the lives of four people, including 12-year-old Shukri Yahya Abdi, a Somali refugee, who drowned in the River Irwell in Bury on Thursday.
Greater Manchester Police issued a warning about the dangers of cooling off in water in the warm weather.
The fire services in Greater Manchester and Lancashire also urged the public not to light BBQs, start fires or discard smoking materials in the local countryside.
Over at the Glastonbury festival in Somerset conditions have reached a warm 26C (79F), still some way off 2017’s record temperature of 31.2C (88F)
According to the Met Office, the mercury climbed to 28.8C (84F) at around 1pm in Achnagart, Scotland and Chivenor in Devon on Friday, equalling 2019’s previous hottest day on June 2
Many to take themselves off to the beach for a day of relaxation by the sea
These Glastonbury festival goers enjoyed a beer as performers took to the stage at the Somerset event
Heatwave kills three as girl, 12, drowns in river just hours after two men, 25 and 26, are pulled from sea sparking police warning over dangers of tombstoning in sweltering 81F sun
A young Somali refugee has died in a river in Manchester, as police urge sunseekers to not swim in rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
Shukri Yahya Abdi, 12, drowned in the River Irwell in Bury on Thursday.
Officers in Manchester were called to the River Irwell yesterday evening, just before 8pm, after reports that a young person had gotten into difficulty in the water.
A police cordon has been set up in Bury today, pictured
Underwater search teams were called in and discovered the body of a 12-year-old girl, with the detective presiding over the case highlighting the dangers of swimming during the hot weather.
Greater Manchester Police issued a warning about the dangers of cooling off in water in the warm weather.
It comes as emergency services declared a critical incident in Torbay, Devon, after two men aged 25 and 26 died after being pulled from the sea at Babbacombe.
Officers are investigating the circumstances in Bury, pictured
In nearby Torquay another man was found floating ‘face down’ from the water after a tombstoning stunt jump went wrong. – but he survived with minor injuries.
The incident led to Devon Coastguard area commander Drew Parkinson to reiterate warnings over tombstoning, adding: ‘Coastguards do not give safety advice to ruin fun. Tombstoning ruins lives.’
Two men in their twenties died after being pulled from the sea Torbay, Devon
NHS England and emergency services have issued warnings to the British public to take care in the hot conditions, with temperatures expected to touch a nearly recording breaking 35C on Saturday.
Its warning comes exactly a year on from the start of the wildfire that ravaged moorland on Winter Hill in Lancashire for 41 days.
Other emergency services across the country have shared warnings and advice to stay safe, cool and hydrated during the hot conditions.
The RSPCA has urged people to call 999 if they find a dog left alone in a car.
England’s most senior nurse called on the public to help children, the elderly and other vulnerable people at risk of being affected by the heat.
Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: ‘Like lots of people I’m looking forward to having fun in the sun with family and friends this weekend, but nobody wants to spend a pleasant day stuck in a hospital or urgent treatment centre.
‘So whether you’re going to be out in the garden like me or heading off to Glastonbury, it’s really important to take simple precautions like drinking plenty of water, using high-factor sunscreen and remembering to take allergy medication if you need it – as is making sure to check in on neighbours and loved ones who can suffer the most from heat and pollen.’
According to NHS England almost 3,000 people were admitted to hospital because of heat-related ailments in 2017/18, including 632 with severe sunburn, 100 cases of heat exhaustion and 223 cases of sun and heat-stroke.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said final top temperatures for Friday in the UK could be even higher before the day ended.
It will be followed by a mild night, with temperatures in the mid to high teens, before the sunshine returns on Saturday.
London up through Cambridgeshire and toward the Wash in East Anglia will experience the hottest conditions.
Temperatures could reach 34C or possibly 35C, edging close to the hottest ever June day record of 35.6C (96F) set in 1976.
‘It’s not entirely certain but there’s at least a 40% chance that we could see the hottest June day on record tomorrow,’ Mr Partridge said.
Temperatures across the rest of the country will also be warm on Saturday, pushing close to 30C (86F) in Bristol and Yorkshire and hitting the low to mid 20 degrees Celsius in other parts.
Glastonbury festival-goers will also enjoy dry and sunny weather.
Mr Partridge said: ‘Make sure you seek out some shade wherever you can, make sure you’ve got plenty of water. Enjoy it but don’t overdo it.
‘Make sure you don’t get burnt because UV levels are very high this time of year.’
The forecaster said fresher conditions on Sunday will see temperatures in the south east drop by 10 degrees to around 24 or 25C (77F).
There will be some showers in the north west, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but mainly it will be dry with sunny spells.
England and Wales will see temperatures in the high teens or low 20s, with a lot of humidity and generally fresher feel to the weather.
The outlook for early next week is mostly dry with slightly below average temperatures that will rise as the week goes on.
Mr Partridge said: ‘Although we’re losing the heat we’re not seeing the end of the good weather.’
The rising heat is in part due to warm air originating from northern Africa that has brought a scorching heatwave to a large swathe of Europe.
Several countries have reported record temperatures this week, including France which hit an all-time heat record of 44.3C (111F) on Friday.
Britons flocked to the beach today as the Saharan Bubble has sent temperatures soaring to make today the joint-hottest day of the year so far.
According to the Met Office, the mercury climbed to 84F at around 1pm at Achnagart in Scotland and Chivenor in Devon, matching the same levels of heat recorded in Norfolk on June 2.
Forecasters said final top temperatures for Friday in the UK could be even higher before the day ended.
The Met Office also issued a yellow weather warning for Plymouth and Truro, with strong gusty winds expected to disrupt travel in the area, with delays to roads, rail and ferry transport being likely.
Time to top up your tan? These women enjoyed the warm weather by sunbathing in Bournemouth
According to the Met Office, the mercury climbed to 28.8C (84F) at around 1pm in Achnagart, Scotland and Chivenor in Devon on Friday, equalling 2019’s previous hottest day on June 2
Families looked delighted to be splashing around in the sea this afternoon in Bournemouth, pictured, to momentarily cool off from the afternoon sun
A 23-year-old woman named Lucia is pictured strolling through the sand on Bournemouth beach under the warm sun
This young bikini-clad woman is cooling off by the beach with a bottle of Rose in hand at Troon Beach, Scotland
Police were on the Buckfast patrol as large group of underage kids partied on the beach
Over in Torquay, Devon, there were worrying scenes this afternoon as a woman and child were pictured dangerously close to being swept away by rough waves
This stunning satellite image was taken today which shows a nearly cloudless UK. The country has been treated the glorious blue skies over the last few days
Saturday could see soaring temperatures across the UK and the country is expected to enjoy warm weather all weekend. The rest of Europe is also set to sizzle
This weekend’s looks promising for those who enjoy the great outdoors with the summer sun reigning down across the country
Warnings have also been issued by Public Health England, which currently has a Level 2 heat health risk in place with children and the elderly in the south west, west midlands and south east being between 60 and 80 per cent likely to be at serious risk of suffering from the heat.
Those looking to head to the beach today have been hit by traffic on the M5 heading to Devon and Cornwall. This morning there was around 14 miles of slow and queuing southbound traffic as many flocked to coastal areas.
An enormous reservoir of hot air from the Sahara has engulfed much of Europe this week with temperatures set to reach up to 88F at the weekend, with three deaths having been confirmed today.
Earlier this morning poppy fields in Worcestershire were illuminated bright red as the sun reigned down on them, making them stand out even more than usual.
Forecasters are urging Glastonbury-goers to remember their sun cream and warning parents to keep young children out of the sun as the UK prepares for a possible record-breaking June day on Saturday.
Revellers woke up to sweltering temperatures this morning after camping over night in tents. Organisers of the infamous festival took to handing out free sun cream today to cope with what could be the ‘hottest ever’ Glastonbury on record.
The Met Office said that UV levels would be really high and that festival goers should stay hydrated, apply sun cream and wear sunglasses.
One bikini-clad woman in Bournemouth dipped her toes in the sea at Bournemouth beach to cool off from the warm sun
Dog walkers in Weymouth were pictured enjoying a walk down by the beach this afternoon as they soaked up the sun
But exercise was the last thing on this dog owner’s mind in St James’s Park, London, as he and his pet enjoyed a nap
This couple dived into the water from the top of Warleigh Weir on the River Avon in Somerset earlier today
Music lovers at Glastonbury made the most of the hot weather, opting for shorts and bikini tops ahead of what could be the ‘hottest ever’ weekend for the festival
The Met Office said temperatures could possibly reach the previous Glastonbury record of 31.2C (88.2F), set in 2017, at some point today
This woman donned a stunning yellow bikini and decided to take off her flip flops today while walking along the beach in Dorset
It was a perfect day to enjoy an ice cream in Weymouth for this couple as they strolled along the waterfront with their child
This aerial shot from the Bewdley area of Worcestershire shows the stunning poppy fields which have flowered this year, creating a beautiful carpet of red
In Weymouth earlier today a group of friends took to the sea to enjoy some fun and water sports together, as they larked around with rubber rings
A group of people were keeping cool in the waters of the River Avon at Warleigh Weir in Somerset, pictured
One-year-old Darcy Williams-Purdie pictured swinging in the warm sunshine in Jersey Channel Islands this afternoon
There were worrying scenes in Devon when a child at Oddicombe beach in Torquay was pictured perilously close to being swept away by rough seas today not far from where the two men in their 20s died yesterday.
A witness said: ‘A woman and boy were running up and down the jetty being hit by huge breakers. At one point he fell over and got soaked.
‘The woman just stood there while the tot ran down the jetty. It looked incredibly dangerous in light of recent events. The unpredictable sea could have swept them away so easily.’
The RSPCA has also urged people to call 999 if they find a dog left alone in a car.
Other stunning photos from this week shows the iconic Battersea Power Station in London illuminated as the sun set over it on Thursday evening.
The image of the grade-two listed building shows that while temperatures in the UK are unlikely to rival all-time records in France, Brits have not gone short on their share of the sun.
The heat will not stop builders at work transforming the former coal-powered plant – which generated its last burst of electricity in 1983 – into plush flats and offices already snapped up by the likes of Apple.
The heat could however prove fatal for children and the elderly with Public Health England warning the south west, west midlands and south east are most likely to suffer from the heat over the weekend.
The weather made for good sailing conditions in The Solent around the Isle of Wight, pictured, with strong gusts blowing this yacht around the water
The stunning poppies span all over the fields in Worcestershire which look stunning against a back drop of clear blue skies
Glittering in the sun! A rower was pictured making the most of the warm temperatures earlier today as he hit the River Trent in Nottingham
This adorable red bellied lemur was pictured enjoying a special fruit ice lolly today at West Midlands Safari Park, which the keepers have been handing out to keep them cool and refreshed
These women enjoyed feeding the pigeons in St James’s Park, London, this afternoon even if they were a bit wary of the birds
Sisters Madison Farr, 7, and Georgia Farr, 6, played in the water features at Canoe Lake, Southsea as they enjoyed the hot weather
These ladies are out sunbathing on the beach beside the old walls in Portsmouth, Hampshire, enjoying the warm weather
These opportunist seagulls pounced on a picnic left unattended on Weymouth beach earlier today
What is the Saharan Bubble? The 2,000-mile wide African plume wreaking havoc across Europe
Britain could break its 35C (95F) June temperature record this week with the arrival of a 2,000-mile wide African plume in continental Europe.
The UK first felt the effects of the ‘Saharan Bubble’ at the beginning of the week with humid thunderstorms in parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The 2,000-mile wide bubble of hot air then moved up towards Europe from north Africa mid-week sending temperatures rocketing in France, Italy, Spain and Greece.
From Thursday onwards the heat will push over to Britain, where the mercury will rise from around 84F (29C) in the south west of England on Thursday and Friday to as high as 93F (34C) in London and the south over the weekend.
On Saturday the plume of hot air will move eastwards, making London, the south east and east of England the hottest places to be with a possible record-breaking June day on the cards.
The hottest June day on record was measured as 35.6C in Southampton in 1976.
High pressure building over Devon and Cornwall will mean gusts of up to 50mph in the region on Thursday and Friday.
Across Europe, temperatures have also hit record heights today climbing to 112F in France, beating the previous record of 111.4F in 2003.
In Europe the Saharan Bubble has seen conditions reach a sweltering 113F (45C), killing animals in Spain and causing wildfires in Greece and Germany.
This is while France recorded its all-time hottest temperature of 112F (44.3C) as the country and much of Europe basked in an early summer heatwave.
The scorching temperature was recorded in the southeastern town of Carpentras and beat the previous record for France of 111.4F (44.1C) recorded in Saint-Christol-les-Ales and Conqueyrac during the notorious August 2003 heatwave.
Meteo-France forecaster Etienne Kapikian said it was ‘very probable’ that the record would be beaten again Friday as it was still relatively early in the day.
‘[The temperature] will continue to climb and, in some places, we could pass 44 degrees Celsius,’ he said.
Its national weather service upped the alert level from orange to red for the departments of Herault, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhone warning ‘all members of the public should be concerned, even if they are in good health’.
The same hot air from the 2,000-mile wide African plume will push eastwards on Saturday, when the Met Office says the highest temperatures will be in London, Lincolnshire and the south east and could smash the record of 96F (35.6C) set in Southampton on June 28 1976.
Recent downpours combined with this week’s heat will also mean an invasion of mosquitoes as the week draws to a close and July begins.
Coastal areas in the north east of England and Scotland will be cheated out of the good weather, with easterly winds meaning they get highs of just 53F (12C) while the rest of the country boils.
Harper, 6, pictured above, tucked into a delicious ice cream today on the beach in Southsea in Hampshire as the blue sea twinkled in the background
Making a splash! Lexi, 2, and Izzy, 2, play in the water features at Canoe Lake, Southsea today. They were well prepared with their sunhats and swimsuits
This couple took the opportunity to cool down in the water at Warleigh Weir on the River Avon in Somerset earlier today
People took the opportunity to enjoy the cool waters of the River Avon at Warleigh Weir in Somerset, pictured
Four-year-old brown bear Maya was seen enjoying a frozen fruit treat today to stay cool in the hot weather at the Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee
On a beautiful summers day the poppies in Worcestershire were glowing their brightest shades of read as the heat reigned down on them today
One the River Trent in Nottingham one rower had to dodge the ducks as she paddled her way through the waters, as temperatures are set to reach the mid 30s
It will still be a heatwave, however, as long as London reaches 82F (28C), the south east 80F (27C) and the rest of the country 78F (26C) or 77F (25C), according to the Met Office criteria.
High pressure across the south west means there are severe wind warnings in place for Devon and Cornwall until midday tomorrow, where wind speeds could reach 50mph.
Hungry mosquitoes to invade the UK in July
Recent wet and humid conditions combined with this week’s heat has made for perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes, according to experts.
The warm spell Britain had over Easter is being blamed for the blood-sucking bugs coming out of hibernation early.
After temperatures push 96F (35.6C) this weekend, the pests are expected to swarm the country from July (Monday onwards).
Many took to social media today to discuss the heat with many complaining that they were not used to the warm weather and didn’t really know how to deal with it.
One Twitter user called Ori said: ‘Can UK weather just like tone it down a little please cause i’m not built for this.’
Another added: ‘It’s like a heatwave outside. 23 degrees outside! #ukweather.’
Another user called Gem said: ‘Oh I do love productive days. Sun is shining, weather is lush, UK if you stayed this way I wouldn’t constantly jet off’.
This is while Michael C Thomas said: ‘Shaping up to be a hot one in the #UK this #weekend. And the weather looks good too! Have a #FabulousFriday everybody.’
However, for those who can’t handle the heat, it will cool off slightly on Sunday, with a good amount of sunshine and highs of 75F (24C).
Michael C Thomas @michael_c_t said: ‘Shaping up to be a hot one in the #UK this #weekend. And the weather looks good too! Have a #FabulousFriday everybody.’
Brandon Scott Faunch @Thebsflegend said: ‘It’s like a heatwave outside. 23 degrees outside! #ukweather’. Many people across the UK have flocked to the great outdoors this afternoon to make the most of the sun
More social medias found reasons to complain about the weather, including that they had nothing to do or would be peeling themselves off the furniture
It did not take very long for the ‘it’s too hot’ comments to start appearing online as Brits battled the heatwaves
One Twitter user posted a picture of their very unhappy-looking cat as they complained the sun was too hot today
Memes also quickly started spreading from those who hit back at the complainers, stating their mood would change when the rain returned
Some companies treated their employees to a Friday afternoon barbecue today such as LA Micro UK in Windsor
Cardiomyopathy UK shared this delightful photo of a river near its office in Chesham, Buckinghamshire
On Sunday northern England and Scotland will see a switch of conditions, with western coasts getting the cold winds experienced by the east and vice versa.
The Western Isles will feel extremely chilly for the time of year, while the east coast of Scotland will enjoy temperatures way into the seventies.
Tourist routes are expected to become breakdown hotspots this weekend when soaring temperatures cause misery for motorists.
Tyre blow outs, overheating engines and not having enough fuel to complete a long journey are among the common causes of breakdowns during hot weather, the RAC said.
Ben the cocker spaniel from Clitheroe (pictured above), Lancashire was pictured making sure he stayed protected from the hot weather. This picture was sent in by one of our readers Annie who was out enjoying the sun with her pooch today! If you are out and about with your pets in the sunshine then send us your pictures! Email: Joseph.Curtis@mailonline.co.uk
It was not long before people on social media started celebrating the sun by posting pictures of animals, including this Twitter user in Nottinghamshire who took pictures of her happy horse underneath a cloudless sky
Monty the puppy looked excited to be out and about in the sunshine earlier today and was pictured running up to a castle in Flint
The firm attended twice the expected number of call outs in tourist destinations such as northern Devon, North Wales, Pembrokshire, Canterbury and the North York Moors during the final weekend of June 2018 amid heatwave conditions.
A similar scenario is expected this weekend with temperatures forecast to exceed 30C in some places.
RAC patrol of the year Ben Aldous said: ‘This week’s soaring temperatures will also be a recipe for a soaring number of breakdowns in certain parts of the country, and it’s a sad reality that some drivers will likely encounter an unwelcome and unscheduled stop at the side of the road.
‘They will have to hope they can find some safe shelter from the sun, but it could still mean they suffer some day trip distress.
‘Vehicles can suffer all sorts of problems when the mercury climbs, but it’s really those that are older or haven’t been as well looked after that run the risk of getting into the most trouble.
‘We also know from previous years that it’s roads to the beaches and other beauty spots like the Moors, Lake District and Highlands that see the largest numbers of stranded drivers.
‘Yet checking simple things like coolant and oil levels, as well as tyre tread and pressure, can stack the odds of a smooth journey in every driver’s favour and prevent a breakdown happening in the first place.’
Public Health England has a Level 2 heat health risk in place, which means hospital patients, children and the elderly in the south west, west midlands and south east are between 60 and 80 per cent likely to be at serious risk of suffering from the heat.
During a previous heatwave in August 2003, a 10-day heatwave resulted in 2,000 deaths with forecasters warning the most vulnerable could see their lives at risk.
The scorching conditions will also come with a price of high pollen and UV levels as well as risks of further bug infestations.
Residents in Avonmouth are so fed up with flies swarming around their homes they have threatened to withhold council tax until something is done about them.
The insects have been found inside kettles, toilet bowls and cups of tea. Sticky fly traps have been covered in minutes and some families have even resorted to eating at their dinner tables covered in massive nets.
Affected residents say the problem is so bad they can’t eat or sleep in their homes and have blamed the various waste treatment facilities in Avonmouth as the cause.
This is while the wet start to the summer sent ice cream, beer and burger sales plummeting on this time last year as shoppers turned to soup to cope with the unseasonable conditions.
Grocers enjoyed only modest growth of 1.4 per cent year on year over the quarter to June 16, largely down to last year’s bumper summer which included soaring temperatures and the build-up to the men’s FIFA World Cup, according to analysts Kantar.
Ice cream sales over the last month were £15 million lower than the same time last year, while beer was down £17 million and burgers fell £6 million. Instead, shoppers turned to comfort food as the rain fell, with fresh and tinned soup sales up by 8 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
Aldi attracted 883,000 more shoppers over the quarter, extending its market share by 0.5 percentage points on last year to 7.9 per cent. Lidl also enjoyed another strong period, with sales up by 7.5 per cent and market share reaching 5.7 per cent.
However, supermarket shelves could be raided for ice cream and cold drinks over the weekend as temperatures are set to remain warm in most regions following the violent thunderstorms brought by the Sahara Bubble, but later in the week there will be a sharp divide right down the middle of Britain.
Yesterday western areas will had above average temperatures, with the Met Office predicting below average in the east.
As the week progresses, the heatwave will shift from west to east, leaving Belfast, Cardiff and Bristol in the cold by the weekend.
Splish splash! Elliot Barnfield, 2, was pictured splashing about today as he kept cool at a water feature at Canoe Lake in Southsea
Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said: ‘There is an enormous reservoir of warm air across Europe at the moment.
‘On Friday we will have high pressure over the UK and low pressure out in the Atlantic, and that will bring settled weather conditions across the UK and an easterly flow of air across the southern half of the country.
‘Those easterly winds are drawing that warm air from the near continent and that reservoir across the UK and that’s why we’re getting those warm temperatures.
‘We are looking at 28 or 29 degrees (82-84F), perhaps peaking at 30 here or there on Friday and that will be across western or south-western parts of the UK.
‘Then we could see 30 or 31 across eastern areas of England; London and the Home Counties through Lincolnshire and parts of Yorkshire, on Saturday.’
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond added: ‘There’s 30 per cent chance of temperatures higher than the 35.6C June record on Saturday.
‘Highs will be widely over 30C in the South-East.
‘Friday has a chance of 31C in the South-West, so Glastonbury has a chance of reaching its 31.2C record temperature.
‘Heat from Africa could challenge all-time records across Europe, including France’s 44.1C temperature record, with the mid-40s possible in France and Spain.’ ends
Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey added that hay fever sufferers should take care, saying: ‘People who suffer from hay fever might feel quite uncomfortable.’
The first Government heat health warning of the year put hospitals on alert for an increase in admissions and ordered health and social workers to prepare to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.
Despite a wet start, the Met Office said summer is ten times more likely to be much-hotter-than-average than much-cooler-than-average across June, July and August.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: ‘Warm air from north Africa will bring an extensive heatwave to large parts of western and central Europe, with highs into the 40s (104F) in Germany and France.
By Friday and Saturday sees the chance of 34C (93.2F), and possibly warmer if there is more sunshine and less cloud in the west, which is forecast to be the hottest area.
‘It will be very humid, with thunderstorms until Tuesday bringing the risk of localised flooding, and showers popping up later in the week.
‘Glastonbury has wet ground and risks thundery showers before the festival and occasional showers during the event, but will be in the region with the hottest temperatures – so pack wellies and sun cream.’
Mr Partridge continued: ‘An extensive heatwave is on the way for much of the UK for the best part of a week. ‘Heat from north Africa will cover a big area of Europe, with up to 41C (106F) in western Germany and France.’
I’ll race you! These two friends were pictured earlier today enjoying their time on the River Trent in Nottingham as the warm weather continues
Boy, 17, dies of heat exhaustion in Spain as the country battles wildfires and the rest of Europe sizzles in Saharan Bubble heatwave – with France set for its hottest day ever with record temperatures of up to 113F
A 17-year-old boy has died of heat exhaustion in the early hours in Spain as Europe continues to fry in baking temperatures.
The child was rushed to hospital in the southern city of Cordoba after collapsing while he worked in the countryside.
Officials said he felt dizzy and jumped into the swimming pool at the property where he was working.
The death comes as Europe is set to face sizzling heat on Friday, with wildfires in Spain and record-breaking temperatures expected for France as the Saharan Bubble comes to a boil.
The unnamed teenager, who was from the village of Castro del Rio in Cordoba province which is famed for its olive oil and furniture made from olive oil, died at 1.25am at Cordoba’s Reina Sofia Hospital.
The death comes as Europe is set to face sizzling heat on Friday, with wildfires in Spain and record-breaking temperatures expected for France. Pictured: A tourist refreshes himself at a fountain in Los Naranjos courtyard of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, on Thursday
The unnamed teenager, who was from the village of Castro del Rio in Cordoba province which is famed for its olive oil and furniture made from olive oil, died at 1.25am at Cordoba’s Reina Sofia Hospital (pictured)
The regional Junta de Andalucia government said it ‘regretted the youngster’s death and sent its condolences to his family and friends for their loss’ in a statement.
The death of an 80-year-old man in Valladolid, northern Spain, has also been blamed on the heat.
He had been walking to the dentist’s when he collapsed around 6pm on Thursday in the city centre.
Police sources said they believed he had been wearing too many clothes for the 99F (37C) temperature at the time.
A 50-year-old who was working in the countryside has also been hospitalised in Murcia in south-east Spain after falling ill.
French meteorologists have forecast temperatures that may exceed 113F (45C) on Friday – a high never seen in mainland France (people cool themselves at a fountain opposite the Eiffel Tower on Thursday)
He was taken to hospital from a health centre and his condition has been described as serious and he is in intensive care.
Police and Civil Guard in Montuiri in Majorca are also investigating whether a 60-year-old Argentinian’s death is the result of a heatwave.
The results of a post-mortem due to be carried out on Thursday have not yet been released.
Madrid was expected to see 106F (41C) heat on Friday, with Zaragoza baking in up to 109F (43C).
As many as 33 of the 50 Spanish provinces face extreme temperatures, which could reach 111F (44C) in Girona.
Governments warned citizens to take extra precautions, with the week-long heatwave causing a build-up of pollution and fears of an increase in emergency calls across Europe.
The country has issued red heatwave alerts for the first time ever as southern regions brace for the weather. Pictured: tourists and dwellers of Nice refresh themselves in a fountain
French meteorologists have forecast temperatures that may exceed 113F (45C) on Friday – a high never seen in mainland France.
A large area of southern France has been issued with a red alert – indicating a ‘dangerous weather phenomenon’ – for the first time since the warning system was brought in in 2004. Pictured: A young boy holds a bucket as he plays with water at a public fountain in Tours on Thursday
The average maximum temperature recorded in France on Wednesday of 95F (35C) was already a record for the month of June, said state weather forecaster Meteo France. Pictured: Firefighters assist a woman suffering from the heat in Tours on Thursday
The country has issued red heatwave alerts for the first time ever as southern regions brace for the weather.
Its national weather service upped the alert level from orange for the departments of Herault, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhone warning ‘all members of the public should be concerned, even if they are in good health’.
A large area of southern France has been issued with a red alert – indicating a ‘dangerous weather phenomenon’ – for the first time since the warning system was brought in in 2004.
However, French winemakers have welcomed the heat, saying weather could produce a superior vintage.
France’s current record was set in August 2003 in the southern region of Montpellier and Nimes, when the thermometer hit 111F (44C).
Meteorologist Christelle Robert said: ‘To beat this record so early in the year would be exceptional.’
Blazes have also broken out in Greece (pictured, a man sits near the iconic installation ‘Umbrellas’ by Greek sculptor, painter and architect George Zongolopoulos in Thessaloniki on Thursday) and Germany as Europe suffers through an ‘unprecedented’ spell of June heat
Helicopters drop water over a fire during a forest fire near Bovera, west of Tarragona, Spain. Officials said yesterday the blaze, fanned by hot winds, was ‘out of control’
The average maximum temperature recorded in France on Wednesday of 95F (35C) was already a record for the month of June, said state weather forecaster Meteo France.
French President Emmanuel Macron warned that such extreme weather is likely to become more frequent as a result of global warming.
‘We will need to change our set-up, our way of working, build differently,’ he said, stressing a necessary ‘adaption of society and its habits.’
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Thursday people had to be prepared for the peak of the heatwave and expressed irritation that some appeared not to be listening to advice.
She complained about parents leaving their children in the car and joggers exercising in the midday heat.
The warning came as Spain continued to battle fierce forest fires brought about by the extreme heat – with farm animals roasting alive.
A forest fire in Spain raged out of control on Thursday amid a Europe-wide heatwave, devouring land despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night, local authorities said
Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers battled a wind-fuelled forest fire in Spain amid a Europe-wide heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring to record highs in several countries
The blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia and by Thursday it had destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), the region’s interior minister Miquel Buch said
Flames rage close to a house amid a fierce forest fire ripping across La Torre de l’Espanyol in Tarragona, Spain yesterday
Blazes have also broken out in Greece and Germany as Europe suffers through an ‘unprecedented’ spell of June heat.
On Wednesday Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest-ever June temperatures.
The worst wildfire, in Torre del Espanol in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, raged out of control, devouring land despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters and soldiers.
Catalonia’s forest agent service said the fire likely began when an ‘improperly managed’ pile of manure at a chicken farm self-combusted under the sun.
Some 350 firefighters backed by around 230 soldiers and 15 aerial tanker aircraft were at the scene of the blaze on Thursday.
A fireman works on the extinguishing of a forest fire in Ziltendorf near Frankfurt an der Oder, northeastern Germany, close to the border with Poland. Wild fires have broken out amid stifling conditions in the country
A firefighter tries to extinguish a blaze near Flix as a forest fire raged out of control in the northeastern region of Catalonia yesterday
A burnt forest area in Tarragona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain. The fire started in the late evening in the area of Ribera d’Ebre and has burnt at least 4,000 hectares so far
But officials have admitted the fire – fanned by strong winds and soaring temperatures – was ‘getting bigger’ and warned it could eventually destroy 20,000 hectares in what presented an ‘extreme risk.’
‘The situation is critical,’ said fire service chief Antonio Ramos. ‘We haven’t seen a fire like this (in the region) in 20 years.’
Dozens have been evacuated, water-dropping aircraft were helping emergency crews on the ground and distressing images showed farm animals lying dead after being caught up in the blaze.
The region’s interior minister Miquel Buch said the fire may have been caused by ‘an accumulation of manure in a farm that generated enough heat to explode and generate sparks.’
With temperatures expected to reach up to 108F (41C) on Friday, Spain has issued a ‘red level’ warning to its population.
The wildfires in Catalonia are among the worst it has seen in 20 years, the regional government said, adding that around 30 people had been evacuated from farmhouses in the affected area. Two horses are pictured dead after fires hit their farm
Distressing images show the bodies of a flock of sheep after their barn was hit by fierce forest fire in La Torre De L’Espanyol
A digger was destroyed as a fire ripped across a farm near the village of La Torre De L’Espanyol, in Tarragona, Catalonia
Firefighters in Greece battled to contain a blaze near an arms factory just 30 miles from Athens with the fire having forced the evacuation of a small refugee camp.
Wildfires are common during Greece’s hot, arid summers and last year, 101 people died after a blaze swept through a seaside resort east of the capital.
Elsewhere, the Italian city of Milan saw a 72-year-old homeless man die at the main train station after falling ill due to the heatwave, the local authorities said.
A farmer looks at burning trees near Flix. Pictures show how dozens of farmyard animals have been killed in wildfires
As Germans attempted to cool off amid scorching temperatures, at least four people died in bathing accidents in different parts of the country on Wednesday.
Some areas of the country were experiencing water shortages and some residents in the North Rhine-Westphalia state were told to only use drinking water for vital purposes or face a 1,000- euro (£1,021) fine.
There has been no coordinated shutdown of schools but some have closed in parts of France, while others advised parents to keep children at home.
In Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg, authorities have banned the most-polluting cars from the roads.
Residents of the French city of Grenoble were unable to use two municipal swimming pools despite the record temperatures, due to a row sparked by use of the full-body Islamic burkini swimsuit.
Lifeguards had asked for the shutdown after Muslim women clad in burkinis had gone to swim in defiance of a municipal ban.
Italy’s health ministry, meanwhile, has issued a maximum red alert for heat for six cities on Thursday and for 16 on Friday, Ansa reports. (Above, women drink water in front of the Duomo in central Milan on Wednesday)