It's the hottest August Bank Holiday weekend ever! Temperatures soar to a record 92F as revellers don their bikinis at Leeds Festival and sunseekers pack themselves onto Britain's beaches - and it could be even warmer today
- Record was set at Heathrow on Sunday and was above 88.7F (31.7C) record set at same location in 2001
- Thousands of people are expected to descend on British beaches on Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy the heat
- A million visitors were due in Cornwall over the weekend, as 400,000 tourists descend on Brighton
Beach-goers took a dip in the sea to cool off as a temperature record of 92F (33.3C) was set for the August Bank Holiday on what was described as a 'beautiful' and 'sunny' second day of the long weekend.
The record was set at Heathrow on Sunday afternoon after the mercury rose above the 88.7F (31.7C) record set at the same location in 2001, the Met Office said.
Thousands of people descended on Bournemouth beach earlier on Sunday to make the most of the sizzling temperatures, with many clad in swimming shorts and bikinis in an effort to get a sun tan.
It is expected to get even hotter today, with temperatures potentially soaring higher on an August 26 than they've ever been since records began in 1841. The previous record for the highest mercury on an August 26 was 91F (32C) in Cromer, Norfolk, in 1864.
By mid-afternoon yesterday Bournemouth beach was packed with sun-soakers as they flocked to the sea to cool down from the record-breaking temperatures by taking a dip in the waves. Umbrellas are used to offer sunbathers a source of shade
After taking a dip in the sea people only needed to lay out on the sand for a short time, before the blistering hot sun left them dry. This woman catches some rays while wearing a black and red bikini after swimming in the sea in Bournemouth
The difference five hours makes: An early arrival set up on an empty beach at Lyme Regis, Dorset, at 7.30am - only to be joined by thronging crowds by 12.30am
Beach-goers took a dip in the sea to cool off as a temperature record of 92F (33.3C) was set for the August Bank Holiday on what is a 'beautiful' and 'sunny' second day of the long weekend
Left, a woman fans herself while wearing a skimpy neon yellow co-ord at Leeds Festival. Right, another woman takes a dip in the sea in Bournemouth
Thousands of people descended on Bournemouth beach this morning to make the most of the sizzling temperatures, with many clad in swimming shorts and bikinis in an effort to get a sun tan
Girls were wearing skimpy short shorts and bikini tops to keep cool as the final day of Leeds festival got underway yesterday. Left, a woman talks on the phone as she strolls through the festival site wearing short shorts and a sports bra. Right, another girl keeps her hair out of her face with a black hair band as the heat calls for a black lace bikini top and short shorts
Many of the beach huts had been opened up yesterday as bathers caught a tan while sitting out in the sun in Bournemouth
A million visitors were due in Cornwall over the weekend, as 400,000 tourists descend on Brighton. There will be 225,000 people in Blackpool, 200,000 in Bournemouth and 175,000 in Great Yarmouth.
'Sunshine and the holiday weekend means a double hit of visitors,' a Brighton seafront spokesperson said.
The Met Office forecast the hottest August three-day weekend since the Bank Holiday was created 54 years ago, as the mercury rises higher in the UK than Antigua, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico City.
And beach-goers made the most of the sunny weather as they lounged on deck chairs outside beach huts and swam in the sea in Bournemouth.
A map showing the weather forecast for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Bournemouth beach was pickled with people who brought large umbrellas and tents with them to offer some shade
The RNLI lifeguards keep a close eye on swimmers as they enjoy the cooling influence of the sea on the Bournemouth coast
Up to one million revellers were also thought to have descended on the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival – where people were being reminded to drink water and shelter from the blazing sun.
This Bank Holiday has smashed previous records for temperatures over the weekend. The Bank Holiday Monday record is 82.7F (28.16C) in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, on August 28, 2017, while the record over the whole holiday weekend is 88.7F (31.5C) which was recorded in Heathrow on August 25, 2001.
The heatwave comes a month after the hottest day ever recorded, on July 25, where temperatures rose to 101F (38.3C).
Over the weekend, emergency services reminded people to stay safe in the water as they attempted to cool down.
Shops were full of people as a record 17 million-strong army of holidaymakers saw beach resorts celebrate the £2.5billion biggest-spending tourism weekend of the year
At Leeds festival thousands of revellers took advantage of the August sun by dressing in shorts, bikinis and miniskirts, such as the two young women above
One girl runs towards a stage with her friends lagging behind at Leeds festival. Another woman (right) also wears short shorts
A bat is used to bury the umbrella's pole in to the sand so this woman can use it as a shield from the sun. Around her families enjoy sitting out in the sun
But not everyone will be lucky enough to enjoy the heatwave. The west of Scotland, Wales and England could see low cloud, mist and 'murky conditions' overnight and into Monday morning, with heavy showers and thunder arriving on Monday night.
Emma Smith, Met Office forecaster, added: 'Tonight there is some low cloud around that will come to settle over the west of Scotland, Wales, and western England.
'There will be low cloud, mist and murky conditions. It will be a warm night tonight, perhaps uncomfortable for some in the east. Overnight temperatures will be 60F (16C) and 66C (18C) towards London.
Along the River Cam in Cambridge, the heatwave prompted some to get out on to the water. One couple looked relaxed as they laid back on a punt
A group of people sitting outside their beach hut read newspapers, magazines and books as temperatures are expected to soar to 91F (32C) later this afternoon
A view of the beach from above early this morning shows families setting up for the day - after the mercury reached 92F (33.3C) yesterday
An inflatable unicorn float rests on the sand ready to be used when this family take a trip in to the sea in Bournemouth
As the day progressed more and more people descended on the beach. Record traffic jams are expected as sun-lovers clog coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool
'Tomorrow there's quite a grey start in the West but that low cloud will start to life up but will linger around coast areas in Wales and the south west.
'It will be a beautiful bank holiday Monday. We could see 91F (33C) tomorrow in the West.
'Later on in the day through the afternoon we have a risk of a few showers in the west. These will be on the heavy side and there is a risk of thunder as well.'
A rescue operation was launched on Saturday afternoon when a woman was found unconscious in the water at Sandhaven Beach, in South Shields, South Tyneside. She later died in hospital.
Meanwhile a 63-year-old man died while swimming at Hell’s Mouth beauty spot on the Cornish coast on Friday.
Emergency services were yesterday called to the seafront at Frinton, Essex, following reports of people coughing and struggling to breathe. The cause is not yet known.
A woman sits alone reading under the shade of an umbrella outside a beach hut in Bournemouth. It is expected to get even hotter today, with temperatures potentially soaring higher on an August 26 than they've ever been since records began
'On Tuesday the heat becomes concentrated in the southeast. Showers will be on the heavy side with the risk of thunder at times. But then it will start to calm down,' Ms Smith said.
'It will be much dryer on Thursday. In the early hours of Thursday there is a risk of mist and fog patches. It looks like it will turn more unsettled next weekend.'
Record traffic jams are expected as sun-lovers clog coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Traffic analysts Inrix said: 'There could be record delays.'
Families enjoyed splashing in the waves off the coast of Bournemouth on Sunday. With such good weather falling on the Bank Holiday weekend many families took the opportunity to go to the coast
Tesco's long weekend sales are expected to total 1.5million sausages, a million burgers, six million ice cream tubs and lollies, five million cans and bottles of beer and six million bottles of wine, according to sales trends.
A record 17 million-strong army of holidaymakers saw beach resorts celebrate the £2.5billion biggest-spending tourism weekend of the year. 8.6m people are taking UK holidays this weekend, with eight million on daytrips, said VisitEngland, which said the holidaymakers total is an August Bank Holiday record.
Weekend domestic tourism spending is pushing £2.5bn – the highest of the year - spending data and resorts’ analysis shows.
Brits’ average daily UK tourism spend is £222m but increases 50 per cent in summer, VisitEngland data shows. Hot weekend days see spending treble, added Bournemouth and Brighton business chiefs.
VisitEngland said: 'It's a strong summer and late bookings are rising.'
Panic as beachgoers choke and struggle to breathe after 'breathing in fumes from fuel spill' off the coast of Essex
Beachgoers choked and struggled to breathe in an alarming incident on an Essex beach yesterday.
Police, ambulances and the fire service were called to the seafront in Frinton shortly after 2pm on Sunday after receiving several reports of people struggling to breathe.
One mother said her daughters were 'coughing and gasping' and could not form words properly, but the cause of the panic has not yet been officially determined.
Some beachgoers said they had heard speculation of a fuel spill, but police and the ambulance service have not confirmed this.
Emergency services were called to Frinton seafront (pictured yesterday) in Essex after receiving several reports of people coughing and struggling to breathe
Beachgoers said they had been left struggling to breathe but the cause is unknown and is being investigated.
One mother who was on a family day out at the busy beach told how her one of her twin daughters was left 'gasping' for breath.
Miriam Lansdell said: 'My daughter started coughing. She said 'I don't feel good. It hurts to breathe in'. My other daughter was gasping and couldn't form words because she couldn't breathe well enough.'
The 45-year-old mental health worker from Derbyshire, who was visiting her parents in Essex for the bank holiday weekend, said she had also had difficulty breathing as she lay on the sand drying off after a dip in the water.
She said they all began to breathe easier when they moved further away from the beach, but took the 10-year-old girls to a walk-in clinic to be checked over by medical staff.
Ms Lansdell said her father had been told by someone in a speedboat, who he assumed to be associated with the coastguard, that there may have been a fuel spill.
Police tape is set up at the beach in Frinton where emergency services received several reports of people coughing and struggling to breathe on Sunday
She said: 'My dad said he had been asked to get out of the water by a man on a boat. He asked why and the man said there had been a fuel spill. He said if anyone is having breathing difficulties they should probably call an ambulance.'
She added: 'It's not what you expect when you go for a day out to the beach.'
One person tweeted that there were 'lots of people coughing heavily', while a mother said her son began coughing after swimming and had to be given his inhaler.
Another said: 'We have just left Frinton and have seen lots of fire engines on the way out. Has there been an incident? We were on the beach and all developed a cough and were struggling to breathe.'
A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said: 'We are aware of an incident on Sunday 25 August with reports of a number of people suffering from coughing on the seafront off Fourth Avenue, Frinton.
'We are assisting the police and fire services with this incident. The cause is currently unknown.'