UK Weather: Heatwave To Last Until The School Summer Holidays

The recent blazing temperatures welcomed by the UK are set to linger into the start of the school summer break, weather experts have said.

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far with the mercury peaking at 31.9C (89.4F) in Southampton - making it the hottest July day since 2006.

The hot spell of weather will last into next weekend when many primary and secondary schools will have finished for the year and the six-week summer holiday will stretch ahead.

The rest of the week will roam between the mid to high 20s, with the exception of Wednesday which is another contender for the hottest day of the year when temperatures could reach 32C (89.6F).

Brighton beach was packed

Gareth Harvey, forecaster for the MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's going to stay hot throughout the week, particularly Wednesday, and into next weekend.

"There's a small hint that things could begin change beyond that but we can't be sure yet."

But the merciless heat prompted warnings from health authorities urging the public to take care in the potentially "dangerous" heatwave conditions.

Retailers and supermarket giants reported booming sales figures as the soaring heat saw shoppers spend thousands on the high street and in an online blitz on barbecues, food, sunscreen and garden furniture.

Asda said sales of barbecues soared - 204% in the last two weeks, plus charcoal and fuel up 176%.

Tesco predicted it would sell nine million sausages this weekend and sales of its summer fruits soared.

David Jones, Waitrose supply chain director, said: "When temperatures reach the 'tipping point' of 28C (82.4F) we see customers switching from ice creams to ice lollies and from fizzy pop to mineral water-based drinks as rehydration becomes more important.

Superdrug said this week was its biggest so far this year for suncare sales.