Warm enough? It's going to get even hotter

Today was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures set to rise even further, forecasters said.

Tennis fans were near the centre of the heatwave as crowds sweltered at the All England Club in Wimbledon ahead of Andy Murray's clash with Stanislas Wawrinka this afternoon.



The Met Office confirmed today is already the hottest day of the year so far, with nearby Charlwood, near Gatwick in Surrey, recording a temperature of 28.4C (83F).



Previously the hottest day was last Thursday at Heathrow at 28C (82.4).



Paul Knightley, a forecaster for Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "London was pushing 28C over the weekend, and today we are getting close to 30 degrees (86F) in the London area."



He said the heatwave was likely to last until Thursday or Friday, with the mercury rising even higher over the coming days.



Helen Chivers, a spokeswoman for the Met Office, said: "Thursday looks like it will be the hottest day of this spell."



Temperatures in the capital are the same as Athens in Greece, and higher than Lisbon in Portugal (27C, 80.6F), Nice in France (25C, 77F) and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (23C, 73.4F).



Eastern areas were the hottest, while the South West and Wales were the most likely to be hit by thunderstorms.



Although many enjoyed the sunshine, there were warnings of the dangers.



People in the capital were being urged by the London Ambulance Service to take extra care.



As the heat soared to almost 28C over the weekend, the service took 10,605 calls on Saturday and Sunday - an increase of nearly a fifth on the previous weekend.



Emergency incidents included large numbers of patients treated for breathing problems (489, up from 369), chest pains (461, up from 412), loss of consciousness and fainting (437, up from 364).



Jason Killens, deputy director of operations said: "Hot weather can be very dangerous for the young, older people or those with serious illnesses.



"With the temperatures set to be high over the next few days, our priority will continue to be to respond to patients who are seriously ill or injured."



A 'heat health' warning has been issued by the Met Office for this week, and night temperatures in some areas may not drop below 18 degrees celcius (64.4F).



Those not at work may be taking advantage of the sunshine at parks, outdoor pools and beaches around the country, but the sea can be dangerous and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is encouraging beach-goers, particularly swimmers, to be careful.



Kelly Keating, beach safety programmes manager for RNLI, said: "Our key advice for people planning a trip to the beach, especially those planning to go in the water, is to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, where the lifeguards can see you."



"Protecting yourself form the sun is also really important. We recommend people remember SLIP, SLAP, SLOP - slip on a T-Shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some suncream. Drinking plenty of fluid is also vital as the sun and wind can easily dehydrate you."



With the hot weather could come thunderstorms, and Mr Knightley advised how people can stay safe if they get caught in a storm.



He said: "You shouldn't stand under a tree, if people hear thunder try and get inside or in a car.



"People shouldn't think they're immune to it, you can lessen the risk by not being out in the first place. A car is the best place to be."



A man was recovering at home today after being airlifted to hospital when he got into trouble in the sea in Wales yesterday.



Weak swimmer Tom Merrick, 23, from Haverfordwest in Dyfed, Wales, was taken to Withybush Hospital in a rescue helicopter after struggling off Broadhaven beach.



He tried to follow Poppy Whitlock, also 23, and from Haverfordwest, to Church Rock, and she raised the alarm after getting back to the beach.



Two other men from Haverfordwest, Robert Skinner and Matthew Gilles, both 23, got into difficulty, but were not taken to hospital.



Mark Clark, a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: "The sea can be very dangerous if you are a weak swimmer or not particularly competent in that sort of swimming.



"The sea shouldn't be treated like a swimming pool. The water currents and tides are stronger than anybody's strength. The sea has to be treated with the utmost respect."



Motorists were also warned of the dangers of driving in the high temperatures.



The AA advised people to carry at least one litre of water per person, as well as a container for pets.



Stewart Topp, AA patrol of the year, said: "Driving in this heat can be pretty uncomfortable if you're not properly prepared.



"You can dehydrate quickly, so make sure you carry plenty of drinking water.



"Take sun hats and high factor sun lotion too, as if your car breaks down, there is often no shade at the roadside."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
New Articles
tvDownton Abbey Christmas special
Arts and Entertainment
Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
tvOur review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvSo Sky Atlantic arrived in Iceland to film their new and supposedly snow-bound series 'Fortitude'...
Arts and Entertainment
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who Christmas special
tvForget the rumours that Clara Oswald would be quitting the Tardis
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
News
The Queen delivers her Christmas message
newsTwitter reacts to Her Majesty's Christmas Message
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashion
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketing Controller (Financial Services)

£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...

Recruitment Genius: Data Analyst - Online Marketing

£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Austen Lloyd: Senior Residential Conveyancer

Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all