Temperatures soared to 91F this afternoon, the highest recorded this year, as Britons flocked to the nation’s parks and beaches to soak up the sun.
A ‘tongue of fire’ which rolled in from the European continent and hit the UK mainland is sizzling the country this weekend.
The 2019-high was recorded near Heathrow and in Northolt, Ealing with forecasters adding that the heatwave could climb to a sweltering 96F, which would smash the record for the hottest June day ever.
Some of the most popular hot-spots include Bournemouth beach where thousands of bikini-clad women and topless men crammed on to the sand.
Pictures from the nation’s seasides also show weather revellers throwing down their bathing towels to bask in the heat and cool off by splashing in the shallows.
But the roasting conditions have already seen five people die after getting into difficulties in the water – the latest of whom was pulled from the sea at Yaverland on the Isle of Wight.
Thousands flock to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the sizzling temperatures as forecasters say that today could be the hottest June day ever recorded
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
Day trippers and holiday-makers made the most of the sunshine and the seven miles of golden sands at Bournemouth beach
One of the quickest ways in to the pool: This swimmer makes the most of a slide at the Lido in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
People enjoying the warm weather as they take part in a beach netball tournament on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth
This Londoner is making the most of the weather by skating in Hyde Park with her flip flops attacked to her shorts
This weekend’s looks promising for those who enjoy the great outdoors with the summer sun reigning down across the country
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’.
150,000 beach visitors are expected at Brighton, with 75,000 in Bournemouth, 75,000 in Great Yarmouth and 50,000 in Blackpool.
Pictures from Bournemouth show sun-lovers dotted all over the beach already, with temperatures reaching 77F before lunchtime.
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.
A couple, who look as though they may just have been married, take photographs by the Serpentine in Hyde Park
A man sleeps with his top and shoes of on the edge of the fountain in Trafalgar Square during the hot weather
Paddle boarder and her very comfortable dog enjoy the sunshine in West bay harbour as the hot weather continues across the UK
Spectators shelter from the sun during day seven of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne
Sunbathers and dogs enjoy the hot weather in Weymouth. This man already looks to have been enjoying the sun for a while as he gets a tan
Two paddle boarders enjoy the sunshine and hot weather off of Boscombe Beach in Dorset
People zip wire across the sea on Bournemouth beach in Dorset as others cool off in the water
Women enjoy the sun in pedalos on the Serpentine boating lake in Hyde Park, London, with the Houses of Parliament behind them
Swimmers at the Lido in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, on the day that could see a new record for a June temperature in the UK
People flock to Southend beach as the Met Office confirms that today is officially the hottest day of the year – with temperatures expected to rise throughout the day
Low cloud and sea fog could be seen hanging over the beach this morning in Aberyswyth as the south east experiences a heat wave
People putting on sun cream in Hyde Park, London. Thousands are expected to take to beaches across the country to enjoy the heatwave this weekend
Swimmers at the Lido in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Police around the country have warned against swimming in open water in hot weather, highlighting the risks to safety
As spectators watch the tennis in Eastbourne they’re wearing hats and sunglasses to shade themselves from the sun
Crowds have flocked to London’s Hyde Park to enjoy the heat. 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
It comes as a man was pulled from the sea in Cornwall has become the fourth person to die in the heatwave scorching Britain over the past few days.
Heat claims its fifth victim: Man, 63, dies after being pulled from sea off Isle of Wight
Britain’s boiling weather claimed its fifth victim this afternoon as the heatwave’s devastating death toll continues to swell.
A 63-year-old man who was yesterday pulled from the sea off the coast of Yaverland on the Isle of Wight has reportedly died in hospital.
A 63-year-old man who was yesterday pulled from the sea off the coast of Yaverland (stock image) on the Isle of Wight has died in hospital
Coastguard and lifeboat teams were scrambled to rescue the man before he was rushed to St Mary’s hospital in Newport at 6.53pm last night, where he later passed away.
He is the latest person to die while soaking up the sunshine and revelling in the roasting weather which hit an annual high of 31C today.
It is believed that the man was from Newport, according to the Isle of Wight County Press.
His death comes after Somalian refugee Shukri Yahya Abdi, 12, was found dead in the River Irwell and two men aged 25 and 26 also died after being pulled out of the sea near Torbay in Devon.
Tragic schoolgirl Shukri is understood to have been with two other girls near Dunster Road, close to Bury town centre, when she somehow ended up in the water.
Her mother Zamzam Ture tearfully paid tribute to her ‘amazing daughter’ and said she had no idea why she was in the water.
Police around the country have warned against swimming in open water in hot weather, highlighting the risks to safety.
Thousands are expected to take to beaches across the country to enjoy the heatwave this weekend.
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.
‘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.
A couple make their way along the pier on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset as those behind him enjoy the cool water
Ice creams have been melting quicker than they can be eaten as those in Hyde Park enjoy the sun rays this afternoon
Swimmers made their way to the Lido in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire to enjoy the cooling water
Those watching the Nature Valley International are enjoying ice creams as one spectator even holds an umbrella
Two women take their dogs with them into the seas as they enjoy the early morning sun in West Bay’s East Beach in Dorset
Early morning beach-goers beat the crowds as they enjoy West Bay’s East Beach as the hot weather continues across the UK and Europe
Swimmers enjoying the water at the outdoor swimming pool in Oxfordshire used the weather as an opportunity to get some exercise
Crowds gathered at Bournemouth beach where they had the choice between bathing in the sun and cooling off in the sea
There’s barely any space left on the sand as families enjoy the warm weather. Using parasoles and tents they shade themselves from the searing heat on Southend beach
Families making the most of the warmer weather have brought blankets and picnics to Southend beach in Essex
In Oxfordshire adults are having as much fun as the children with a pool-side slide at the Lido in Chipping North
As families enjoy the heat they make the most of a side by the pool. 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
A runner makes the most of the good weather by going for a run, but temperatures are so high this afternoon he’s had to take off his t-shire and tuck it in to his shorts
Dressed in a black strappy top and white shorts this woman relaxes on a deckchair in Hyde Park
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
Sunrise pictured in Folkestone. 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.
The sun rises over Keyhaven Harbour in the New Forest on what promises to be another scorching and potentially record-breaking hot day
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.
People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Eastbourne Sussex on the hottest day of the year so far