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Heatwave expected to continue into this week – and temperatures could rise even higher in some parts

Written by on 18/07/2021

The UK heatwave is expected to continue into this week, with new 2021 temperature records expected on Sunday.

The Met Office says the mercury could hit 32C (89.6F) in London later, which would make it the hottest day of 2021 so far.

Thousands have headed to beaches across the country, including Weston-super-Mare and Brighton, with people seen cooling off on surf boards and inflatables in the sea.

Away from the coast in Birmingham a fun fair owner created a sandy beach for his customers to make the most of the sunshine.

Owner of Digbeth fun fair, Abie Danter, told Sky News: “It’s been a tough 12 months [for the business].

Image: Crowds sunbathed on the Hampshire coast

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“We only got open last year for roughly three weeks, hopefully the sun does bring [customers] in and it isn’t too hot.”

Sunday’s scorching temperatures top off a weekend of records that saw all four UK nations reach new highs.

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It was the hottest day ever in Northern Ireland on Saturday, with 31.2C recorded in Ballywatticock, in County Down, at 3.40pm, beating the previous highest temperature of 30.8C, reached on 12 July 1983 and 30 June 1976.

A video screen shows a hot weather warning as fans wait for the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix, at the Silverstone circuit, in Silverstone. Pic: AP
Image: A video screen shows a hot weather warning as fans wait for the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. Pic: AP

In England, 30.3C was recorded in Coton In The Elms in Derbyshire on Saturday, surpassing the 29.7C recorded in south-west London on 14 June.

Record temperatures were also recorded in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales, at 29.6C, and in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland, at 28.2C.

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However, those highs are expected to be beaten on Sunday in Wales and England with temperatures predicted to reach 30C (86F) in Cardiff and 32C in London.

The extended hot spell of weather is expected to last for much of the week ahead, perhaps even to next weekend, with temperatures in some parts of the country due to hit the high twenties.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “We are expecting temperatures to continue on the high side right through until Thursday, although the day-to-day detail will change and there is a tendency for the highest maximum temperatures to migrate west.

“So, we are expecting Monday and Tuesday for the maximum temperatures to be in the South West and in South Wales, and then later in the week temperatures climbing across Northern Ireland and the North West.”

Tom Morgan, meteorologist at the Met Office, added: “It’s going to mean that people are really going to feel the effects of the heat as we go through this week.”

People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset. England could see the hottest day of the year this weekend as the skies finally clear after weeks of wet and humid weather. Picture date: Saturday July 17, 2021.
Image: People enjoyed the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this weekend
A Sunbather lounges on a deck chair in Green Park, London. Picture date: Saturday July 17, 2021.
Image: A Sunbather lounges on a deck chair in Green Park, London on Saturday

Sunday’s high temperatures mark the beginning of an official heatwave across the UK, as in London and the South East, temperatures must exceed 28C for at least three days to record a heatwave, and Sunday is the third day.

This requirement drops to 27C (80.6F) in the Midlands and 26C (78.8F) in the South West, which has also been met on Sunday and is also expected to continue throughout the week.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Met Office warned people to take care during the hot spell, advising people to stay hydrated, apply sunscreen and not to leave children or pets in cars.

PHE urged people to look out for others who may struggle in the heat, such as older people and those who live alone.

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