Angry Britons have shared their “disgust” at the heatwave sweeping the nation today, as temperatures soar to 100F for the second time in a week.
London Heathrow and Kew Gardens both hit a staggering 97.5°F (36.4°C) today, making it the hottest August day since 2003.
The heatwave is expected to continue through the weekend and last at least until next Tuesday, with forecasters saying it will be the first official heatwave to last at least three days since July 2019.
This comes shortly after 100°F (37.8°C) was recorded at London Heathrow Airport last Friday, marking the third hottest day in the UK.
Parts of southern England are forecast to be even hotter than the Caribbean, with highs of 33°C (91°F) in Jamaica and 29°C (84°F) in Barbados, prompting dozens of disgruntled Brits to express their outrage at the “disgustingly hot.” “ Share weather.
Dozens of disgruntled Brits took to Twitter to share their outrage at the “disgustingly hot” weather, as parts of the UK are expected to reach higher temperatures than the Caribbean
London Heathrow and Kew Gardens both hit a staggering 36.4C (97.5F) today as tourists piled on the beach in Bournemouth today despite RNLI warnings
Andrew Tipler wrote on Twitter: “Just back from an early morning run and London is already melting.
“Be careful out there today. It’s getting hot.’
Others on social media joked that last Friday’s heatwave was “just a tester” as they complained about the “disgustingly hot” weather sweeping the nation today.
One person jokingly posted a picture of a dog in a fridge on Twitter, writing that “it’s hot in London today”.
Hannah Dodd said: “It’s disgustingly hot in London and I need ideas for something to do (literally anything) so I don’t have to melt in my flat today.”
Another commented that they “miss the north” as they were blown away by the stunning temperatures in London today.
The UK has never recorded two days with temperatures above 99°F (37°C) in the same year since records began.
The Met Office said there was a 30 per cent chance today would be the hottest day of the year so far in Britain and a 10 per cent chance it could be the warmest day in Britain on record.
The heatwave is expected to last all weekend and continue into next Tuesday, making it the first official heatwave lasting at least three days since July 2019
With daily highs in the south set to stay above 30C (86F) through Tuesday, forecasters say it will be the first official heatwave – lasting at least three days – since July 2019, when Cambridge set the UK record temperature.
The very hot conditions are believed to have been caused by the warming of the air over France before it was pulled north.
The scorching temperatures come as:
- The Met Office issued a level three heat health alert warning Brits to watch out for the elderly and vulnerable.
- Parts of southern England will be hotter than the Caribbean, with highs expected in Jamaica of 91F (33C);
- The UK has never recorded two days with temperatures above 99°F (37°C) in the same year since records began;
- The RNLI has urged families hitting the beach today and this weekend to be aware of the potential dangers.
The Met Office today warned of high UV levels in the south and urged the nation to ensure they “have sunscreen, water and a wide-brimmed hat”.
But temperatures are showing no signs of cooling into the evening as temperatures are forecast to remain at 32C even through 8pm in London met office.
Further north there will be some rain throughout the evening with Aberdeen set to cool to 63F (17C), but in the south a balmy night is forecast to head into the weekend.
There are also fears that tourists flocking to coastal hotspots will ignore social distancing rules and crowd crowded shores, risking further spread of the coronavirus
Meteorologist Grahame Madge said: “Whether we will see the hottest day of the year is on a razor’s edge. However, this will be a longer period of warm weather compared to last week.’
There are also fears that tourists flocking to coastal hotspots will ignore social distancing rules and crowd crowded shores, risking further spread of the coronavirus.
One Twitter user expressed dismay at staycationers flocking to the sea from the city, calling them “absolute morons”.
South East beaches were packed by mid-morning, with the RNLI saying: “If you arrive at the beach and it’s just too crowded, consider moving on and spending your day elsewhere.”
The hot weather is expected to continue into the first half of August, but there is a risk of downpours and thunderstorms into next week.