Warm weather set to stay for most of UK

Much of the UK will stay very warm this week after the country sweltered on its hottest day of the year.

Temperatures reached a high of 30.9C (87.6F) at Gravesend in Kent yesterday, putting conditions on a par with Mediterranean holiday resorts and hotter than the holiday island of Bermuda's 29C (84F).

Forecasters have said much of England will remain warmer than average for the rest of the week, especially in the south east where the mercury will stay in the high 20s through to Friday at least.

Elsewhere temperatures will see return to normal from tomorrow onwards, with parts of north west England and Wales experiencing some rain.

More than 100,000 people packed onto the beaches of Bournemouth and Brighton yesterday to enjoy the hot weather, with some city dwellers taking to fountains to keep cool.

London and the south-east of England saw the warmest conditions, with St James's Park in central London reaching 30.1C (86.2F) and Heathrow Airport a high of 30.6C (87.1F).

Music fans also enjoyed the "hottest ever" Glastonbury festival in Somerset - ditching their wellies for the duration for the first time in years.

Before yesterday, the hottest day of the year was May 24 when the temperature reached 28.8C (84F) at Heathrow Airport and the Olympic Park in east London.

The sweltering conditions prompted bookmakers to cut the odds of a record-breaking summer as thousands flocked to beaches or soaked up the rays with barbecues and parties in the garden to watch the World Cup.

Ladbrokes offered 3/1 that the highest ever UK temperature of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded at Brogdale, near Faversham, Kent, in 2003 will be beaten.

William Hill were meanwhile odds on at 5/6 that there will be no rain delays on Court One for the whole of the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Weather forecaster Gareth Harvey, from MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said temperatures would drop slightly compared to yesterday, with rain predicted for tonight.

He said: "It looks as though it's going to stay very warm into next week, especially across the south-eastern quarter of the UK.

"Temperatures during Monday will be 28C or maybe 29C in the London area."

While much of England will remain settled and dry, Mr Harvey said showers - and possibly torrential rain - would affect some northern places tonight and tomorrow.

"The south east will hang on to the best of the sunshine and temperatures will remain above average," he said.

"It's looking like it will return to the average elsewhere from Tuesday onwards."

As retailers reported rushes on barbecue food and bikinis, a survey revealed 60% of women own more than one pair of sunglasses compared with 38% a decade ago.

The poll of 1,015 by Sheilas' Wheels car insurance firm found females spend an average of £51 on their summer shades.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

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

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: Reception Teacher

£120 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: An excellent three form entry scho...

Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher

£120 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: A lovely primary school in the bor...

The Green Recruitment Company: Mechanical Maintenance Engineer

£11 - £18 Per Hour: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Mechanical Maint...

The Green Recruitment Company: Commercial Construction Manager

£65000 Per Annum bonus & benefits package: The Green Recruitment Company: The ...

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'