Hundreds of Brits have hit the beach to make the most of the August sunshine today, as the country is on track to smash its record for the hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever.
Music lovers also soaked up the warm weather as they waited for the entertainment to begin at Leeds Festival at Bramham Park and were seen walking around in neon crop tops and shorts.
Over the long weekend Britons can expect to enjoy lots of sunny spells with the mercury hitting high 20Cs today and tomorrow with the south east of England even getting into the 30Cs.
Meteorologist Craig Snell told MailOnline that London could reach 33C (91F) on Monday with it being dry across the majority of the country, and that if this happens it would break the current record.
Brits have hit the beach today to make the most of the sunny weather and catch some sun. Pictured is Karla Brownson, 29, cooling off in the sea at Bournemouth beach
Dozens of parasols covered the sand on Bournemouth Beach today as families prepared themselves for a very warm day out
Over the long weekend Britons can expect to enjoy sunny spells with the mercury hitting high 20Cs today and tomorrow with the south east of England even getting into the 30Cs. Pictured is the sunrise over Castle Howard Mausoleum in Yorkshire
He said: ‘For the weekend as a whole the record is from 2001 and stands at 31.5C (88.7F) which was recorded at Heathrow. For the Monday it’s an easier one to beat at 28.2C (82.8F) which was made in Lincolnshire in 2017.’
Yesterday a series of heat health warnings were issued by the Meteorological Office and Public Health England covering south and east England, the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
Health officials urged those vulnerable to the heat to keep their homes cool, stay hydrated and wear sun protection if they were to spend time out in the sun.
Mr Snell said: ‘Vast majority of the UK will be dry this weekend and there will be some good sunny spells across the country, even though Northern Ireland and the West of Scotland will have a few showers today and Monday.
Music lovers are soaking up the sunshine at Leeds Festival today. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 20Cs and low 30Cs this afternoon
The country could smash its record for the late August Bank Holiday Weekend. For the weekend as a whole the record is from 2001 and stands at 31.5C (88.7F) which was recorded at Heathrow. Pictured are two revellers at Leeds Festival today
Two people stop for a rest and to soak up the sun at Leeds Festival today before the music starts later this afternoon
‘Temperatures could hit high 20Cs today and tomorrow with the south east of England even getting into the low 30Cs with a high of 32C (90F) expected. In London it could reach 33C (91F) by Monday.
‘As for Bank Holiday Monday it should stay dry and bright before some showers will come in at the end of the day, just as people are thinking about going back to work.’
British tourist hotspots are also expecting a £2.1billion boost as huge numbers take a ‘staycation’ this weekend with some 8.6million people planning an overnight trip in the UK, 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.
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.
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.’
Bournemouth beach was packed full of Brits making the most of the sunshine by playing in the sea and relaxing this morning
Most of the UK is predicted to be sunny and warm today. Pictured is the sunrise over Castle Howard Mausoleum in Yorkshire
Parts of Northern Ireland and west Scotland could see some showers today and Monday but the rest of the country is set to have fine weather throughout the Bank Holiday weekend
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.
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.’
Britain could smash its late August Bank Holiday record this weekend with temperatures expected to hit 33C (91F) by Monday. Pictured are Lobster fisherman near Whitley Bay this morning
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
With Notting Hill Carnival taking place over the bank holiday in west London, the million people expected to attend the two-day event should enjoy sunshine with no trace of rain.
Other popular events on this weekend are Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Manchester Pride, and Creamfields, near Warrington in Cheshire.
On Monday, temperatures are likely to be lower than the weekend with the warmest weather becoming confined to the south-east, according to the Met.
Meanwhile, it will become increasingly unsettled in the north-west with rain and showers at times.
Glasgow will remain cloudy throughout the weekend with the highest temperature reaching 25C(75F) on Saturday but this will soon come to an end on Monday morning as temperatures go back down to 16C (60.8F).
If the temperature reaches 32C (89.6F) in southern England this could surpass the 2001 late August bank holiday weekend record of 31.5C (88.7F) at Heathrow Airport.
The current hottest late summer bank holiday in Wales is 27.3C (81.1F) at Velindre, Powys, in 2013, while for Northern Ireland it is 27C (80.6F) recorded in Knockaraven, Co Fermanagh in 2003.
Monday is not a bank holiday in Scotland.
People travelling over the weekend are advised by the RAC to pack enough food and water and plan enough breaks for the journey.
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)
Paddle boarders make an early start to the August bank holiday weekend in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex