Hot weather set to last into summer holiday

Kasmira Jefford
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THE recent scorching weather is set to last throughout this week, with UK temperatures forecast to remain in the mid to high-20s.

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures rising as high as 32C in the south east and between 28C and 31C through the rest of the UK.

Retailers said the heat had fuelled a surge in demand for summer goods, with Tesco predicting it will have sold 9m sausages this weekend and Amazon posting an 800 per cent rise in paddling pool sales.

Superdrug said it had seen the biggest week of the year so far for suncare sales. But John Lewis said footfall had been limited by the hot weather, as shoppers stayed away from the department store in favour of worshipping the sun.

And leisure attractions are looking forward to a surge in visitors when schools break up for the summer next week, with families expected to flock to outdoor attractions across the country.

The Met office said Wednesday could be another contender for the hottest day of the year, when the mercury could peak at 32C with the rest of the week hovering in the mid-20s.

Sizzling temperatures also prompted the weather watchdog to issue a level three heatwave alert in parts of the UK and warn Britons basking in the sun against potentially dangerous conditions.

Two soldiers died on Saturday during a training exercise in hot conditions in the Brecon Beacons, with a third man in a serious condition in hospital.