Britain will melt in 99F temperatures by the weekend as Met Office issues health alert

Britain will melt in 99F (37C) temperatures by the weekend as the Met Office issues a health alert – but rain will hit northern parts of the country first with flood warnings for Scotland.

The scorching air from Europe at the end of the week will come after the wet weather also predicted for the North West will clear by tomorrow.

But the Met Office put out a yellow weather warning for north of the border today as west Scotland – including Glasgow and Stirling – look set to be drenched.

The heat from the Continent is due to be carried on southerly winds across the majority of England, meaning hot and dry conditions for many.

Temperatures could peak at around 90F (32C) for the south of England on Thursday and 79F (26C) in the north of the country.

While the Bahamas, in the Caribbean, could be as hot as 89F (31C) on Friday, the Met Office has said temperatures in England could reach 99F (37C).

Casablanca, in Morocco, is due to see highs of 81F (27C) on Friday, by comparison. While Lisbon has seen recent hot weather, it is expected to have peaked by the weekend with temperatures around 86F (30C).

A woman jogs through Burgess Park, as the iconic Shard is seen in the background, in London this morning as the sun came out again

 

 

Drone pictures show the morning sunrise over Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Kirklees Sunrise at Castle Hill, West Yorkshire, this morning

Drone pictures show the morning sunrise over Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Kirklees Sunrise at Castle Hill, West Yorkshire, this morning

A beautiful sunrise at Branksome Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning sees the sky reflect off the sea-covered sand

A beautiful sunrise at Branksome Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning sees the sky reflect off the sea-covered sand

Heartbroken daughter tells how her hero father ‘used all his strength’ to give his three children a final smile after rescuing them from a rip current before he drowned

The heartbroken daughter of a father-of-seven who died while rescuing three of his children after they got caught in a rip tide has revealed how he ‘used all his strength’ to give them a final smile.

Jonathan ‘Joff’ Stevens, 36, was with the youngsters aged ten to 12 at Barmouth in North Wales when they began to struggle in the water yesterday lunchtime.

The plasterer tried to pull the children to safety, and a major rescue operation was launched involving a lifeboat and Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

Jonathan Stevens is pictured with his partner Laura Burford and four of their children – including Lacey (bottom right) and Jack (bottom centre), whom he rescued yesterday

Mr Stevens, from Telford, Shropshire, was then pulled from the water and flown to Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor in an air ambulance but died.

Now, his daughter Lauren, 11, has shared how she ran to lifeguards and pleaded ‘my dad is drowning, please save him’.

In a tragic revelation, she also said her father smiled at his children one last time after saving Lacey, 12, and Jack, ten.

Earlier, Mr Stevens’ heartbroken partner Laura Burford, who was back home 80 miles away when the tragedy happened, said he had died a hero while ‘saving their babies’.

Daughter Lauren told the Sun that the lifeguards rushed to save her father, carrying him to the beach, adding that he looked ‘lifeless’.

She said: ‘Dad opened his eyes and looked over to me, Joshua, and Lacey and Jack, who by now were back with us and he gave us a smile.

‘But the next second he collapsed again and the lifeguards carried him in, laid him down on the sand and gave him CPR. He never opened his eyes again.

‘I think Dad had used his last bit of strength to open his eyes and smile at us and when he saw we were all okay he knew he could let go and die happily.’  

Although the hot spell is due to last throughout Saturday, the temperature is due to drop and by Sunday some parts of the country could see thunder storms.

The Met Office has also issued a heat health alert for the south east of England and warned UV levels could be high in some parts.

High temperatures on Saturday could see heatwave conditions being met in southern and the south east of England.

Bonnie Diamond, a forecaster for the Met Office, said: ‘It’s a bit of an unsettled start in north western parts but for the southern half of the country, it is a dry first half of the week.

‘The heat turns up from Thursday with warmer weather across the whole of the country. It will be really quite hot across parts of the south east of England where we expect to see temperatures in the low to mid-30s, with the peak of the heat on Friday.

‘Southerly winds across England are going to bring warm air over from Europe and further south it is going to be hot. Temperatures in England and south Wales will be in the high 20s and low 30s.

‘By Friday, we will be seeing the hottest of the spell with temperatures widely over 30C (86F).

‘There will be a focus of temperatures reaching around 34C (93F) to 35C (95F) in the south east and we are going for a maximum of 37C (99F) on Friday in the south east of England.

‘Saturday looks to be very warm or hot for many, although not quite as hot as Friday. Sunday we should have sunshine to go along with the temperatures. There is a possibility of thunder storms for some part of the country.’

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders added: ‘Most of us will see a spell of warm, summery weather later this week, with hot weather developing across southern parts of the UK.

‘From Thursday temperatures will be in the low- to mid-20s Celsius for Northern Ireland, Scotland and north Wales, but it will be much warmer across southern and central areas, with temperatures widely reaching around 30 Celsius, possibly 32 Celsius in the southeast of England.

‘It’ll be another hot day on Friday with temperatures widely reaching 30 Celsius, or higher, in central, southern and some northern parts of England. It is likely to be hotter still in southeast England where 34 to 37 Celsius is possible.

‘Saturday will likely be another hot day for southern and central parts of the UK, with heatwave conditions possibly being met in parts of southern and southeast England.’

It follows a weekend of hot weather which saw some of England’s most popular tourist hotspots deluged with visitors.

The Met Office confirmed last Friday was the third hottest day since records began in 1910, after 100.04F (37.8C) was recorded at London’s Heathrow Airport.

There are fears Cornwall could face being locked down as locals blast holidaymakers for not wearing face coverings or respecting social distancing.

The county’s narrow streets have been flooded with tourists and the local council was forced to deploy street patrols to reprimand rule breakers.

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council Adam Paynter warned a local lockdown – as seen in Leicester and parts of the North West – would spell doom for the staycation season.

A man is pictured jogging with his dog in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London this morning

A man is pictured jogging with his dog in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London this morning

Red sky in the morning, shepherds' warning: Rain looks set for the Sunflower Maze in Tarbock, Merseyside, as it wakes up to a crimson sky today

Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning: Rain looks set for the Sunflower Maze in Tarbock, Merseyside, as it wakes up to a crimson sky today

A field in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, sits under as stunning sky ahead of a warm day in the East Midlands before temperatures rocket at the weekend

A field in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, sits under as stunning sky ahead of a warm day in the East Midlands before temperatures rocket at the weekend

The sun rises above the morning fog at Rockford Common in the New Forest in Hampshire this morning ahead of a warm day in the southern county

The sun rises above the morning fog at Rockford Common in the New Forest in Hampshire this morning ahead of a warm day in the southern county

A jogger runs on Wimbledon Common this morning

One man wears his headphone as he runs through the south west London common

Joggers were up bright and early as they exercised on Wimbledon Common in south west London this morning as the temperature rose

Dawn colours over electricity pylons at Bingham, in Nottinghamshire, with parts of the UK looking set for a scorching weekend

Dawn colours over electricity pylons at Bingham, in Nottinghamshire, with parts of the UK looking set for a scorching weekend

He told Cornwall Live: ‘I urge all visitors to Cornwall to follow guidelines such as washing hands, wearing a mask when required to and maintaining a social distance.

‘We want to avoid the local lockdowns that have happened further north that have seen places shut down and we want to make sure the attractions stay open for local and visitors to enjoy and don’t want to see anything closed and the best way to achieve that is if people do all they can to follow the rules to avoid spreading the coronavirus. If they do that, they’ll remain open.’

He added: ‘Just because you’re on holiday it doesn’t mean you can just forget everything. There have been reports that some people when refusing to wear a mask have said they’ve come down to Cornwall to get away from it as if the coronavirus doesn’t exist in Cornwall when it does. People need to be sensible and follow all the guidelines.’

Nearly 20million Britons plan to go on a staycation holiday in the UK this year, a poll found yesterday, amid fears over a fresh stampede of revellers to beauty spots.

Tourists are expected to flock back to beaches across the country as temperatures up to 99F (37C) sweep in from central Europe by the end of the week amid a level two heat warning.

A YouGov poll found 28 per cent of Britons plan to take a holiday in the UK this year – the equivalent of about 19million people – while only 9 per cent will go abroad and a further 49 per cent do not intend on holidaying. 

A couple are pictured holding hands as they walk together in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London today

A couple are pictured holding hands as they walk together in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London today

The full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon is pictured riseing through the clouds above Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital

The full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon is pictured riseing through the clouds above Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital

Britain will melt in 99F temperatures by the weekend as Met Office issues health alert

Britain will melt in 99F (37C) temperatures by the weekend as the Met Office issues a health alert – but rain will hit northern parts of the country first with flood warnings for Scotland.

The scorching air from Europe at the end of the week will come after the wet weather also predicted for the North West will clear by tomorrow.

But the Met Office put out a yellow weather warning for north of the border today as west Scotland – including Glasgow and Stirling – look set to be drenched.

The heat from the Continent is due to be carried on southerly winds across the majority of England, meaning hot and dry conditions for many.

Temperatures could peak at around 90F (32C) for the south of England on Thursday and 79F (26C) in the north of the country.

While the Bahamas, in the Caribbean, could be as hot as 89F (31C) on Friday, the Met Office has said temperatures in England could reach 99F (37C).

Casablanca, in Morocco, is due to see highs of 81F (27C) on Friday, by comparison. While Lisbon has seen recent hot weather, it is expected to have peaked by the weekend with temperatures around 86F (30C).

A woman jogs through Burgess Park, as the iconic Shard is seen in the background, in London this morning as the sun came out again

 

 

Drone pictures show the morning sunrise over Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Kirklees Sunrise at Castle Hill, West Yorkshire, this morning

Drone pictures show the morning sunrise over Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Kirklees Sunrise at Castle Hill, West Yorkshire, this morning

A beautiful sunrise at Branksome Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning sees the sky reflect off the sea-covered sand

A beautiful sunrise at Branksome Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning sees the sky reflect off the sea-covered sand

Heartbroken daughter tells how her hero father ‘used all his strength’ to give his three children a final smile after rescuing them from a rip current before he drowned

The heartbroken daughter of a father-of-seven who died while rescuing three of his children after they got caught in a rip tide has revealed how he ‘used all his strength’ to give them a final smile.

Jonathan ‘Joff’ Stevens, 36, was with the youngsters aged ten to 12 at Barmouth in North Wales when they began to struggle in the water yesterday lunchtime.

The plasterer tried to pull the children to safety, and a major rescue operation was launched involving a lifeboat and Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

Jonathan Stevens is pictured with his partner Laura Burford and four of their children – including Lacey (bottom right) and Jack (bottom centre), whom he rescued yesterday

Mr Stevens, from Telford, Shropshire, was then pulled from the water and flown to Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor in an air ambulance but died.

Now, his daughter Lauren, 11, has shared how she ran to lifeguards and pleaded ‘my dad is drowning, please save him’.

In a tragic revelation, she also said her father smiled at his children one last time after saving Lacey, 12, and Jack, ten.

Earlier, Mr Stevens’ heartbroken partner Laura Burford, who was back home 80 miles away when the tragedy happened, said he had died a hero while ‘saving their babies’.

Daughter Lauren told the Sun that the lifeguards rushed to save her father, carrying him to the beach, adding that he looked ‘lifeless’.

She said: ‘Dad opened his eyes and looked over to me, Joshua, and Lacey and Jack, who by now were back with us and he gave us a smile.

‘But the next second he collapsed again and the lifeguards carried him in, laid him down on the sand and gave him CPR. He never opened his eyes again.

‘I think Dad had used his last bit of strength to open his eyes and smile at us and when he saw we were all okay he knew he could let go and die happily.’  

Although the hot spell is due to last throughout Saturday, the temperature is due to drop and by Sunday some parts of the country could see thunder storms.

The Met Office has also issued a heat health alert for the south east of England and warned UV levels could be high in some parts.

High temperatures on Saturday could see heatwave conditions being met in southern and the south east of England.

Bonnie Diamond, a forecaster for the Met Office, said: ‘It’s a bit of an unsettled start in north western parts but for the southern half of the country, it is a dry first half of the week.

‘The heat turns up from Thursday with warmer weather across the whole of the country. It will be really quite hot across parts of the south east of England where we expect to see temperatures in the low to mid-30s, with the peak of the heat on Friday.

‘Southerly winds across England are going to bring warm air over from Europe and further south it is going to be hot. Temperatures in England and south Wales will be in the high 20s and low 30s.

‘By Friday, we will be seeing the hottest of the spell with temperatures widely over 30C (86F).

‘There will be a focus of temperatures reaching around 34C (93F) to 35C (95F) in the south east and we are going for a maximum of 37C (99F) on Friday in the south east of England.

‘Saturday looks to be very warm or hot for many, although not quite as hot as Friday. Sunday we should have sunshine to go along with the temperatures. There is a possibility of thunder storms for some part of the country.’

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders added: ‘Most of us will see a spell of warm, summery weather later this week, with hot weather developing across southern parts of the UK.

‘From Thursday temperatures will be in the low- to mid-20s Celsius for Northern Ireland, Scotland and north Wales, but it will be much warmer across southern and central areas, with temperatures widely reaching around 30 Celsius, possibly 32 Celsius in the southeast of England.

‘It’ll be another hot day on Friday with temperatures widely reaching 30 Celsius, or higher, in central, southern and some northern parts of England. It is likely to be hotter still in southeast England where 34 to 37 Celsius is possible.

‘Saturday will likely be another hot day for southern and central parts of the UK, with heatwave conditions possibly being met in parts of southern and southeast England.’

It follows a weekend of hot weather which saw some of England’s most popular tourist hotspots deluged with visitors.

The Met Office confirmed last Friday was the third hottest day since records began in 1910, after 100.04F (37.8C) was recorded at London’s Heathrow Airport.

There are fears Cornwall could face being locked down as locals blast holidaymakers for not wearing face coverings or respecting social distancing.

The county’s narrow streets have been flooded with tourists and the local council was forced to deploy street patrols to reprimand rule breakers.

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council Adam Paynter warned a local lockdown – as seen in Leicester and parts of the North West – would spell doom for the staycation season.

A man is pictured jogging with his dog in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London this morning

A man is pictured jogging with his dog in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London this morning

Red sky in the morning, shepherds' warning: Rain looks set for the Sunflower Maze in Tarbock, Merseyside, as it wakes up to a crimson sky today

Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning: Rain looks set for the Sunflower Maze in Tarbock, Merseyside, as it wakes up to a crimson sky today

A field in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, sits under as stunning sky ahead of a warm day in the East Midlands before temperatures rocket at the weekend

A field in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, sits under as stunning sky ahead of a warm day in the East Midlands before temperatures rocket at the weekend

The sun rises above the morning fog at Rockford Common in the New Forest in Hampshire this morning ahead of a warm day in the southern county

The sun rises above the morning fog at Rockford Common in the New Forest in Hampshire this morning ahead of a warm day in the southern county

A jogger runs on Wimbledon Common this morning

One man wears his headphone as he runs through the south west London common

Joggers were up bright and early as they exercised on Wimbledon Common in south west London this morning as the temperature rose

Dawn colours over electricity pylons at Bingham, in Nottinghamshire, with parts of the UK looking set for a scorching weekend

Dawn colours over electricity pylons at Bingham, in Nottinghamshire, with parts of the UK looking set for a scorching weekend

He told Cornwall Live: ‘I urge all visitors to Cornwall to follow guidelines such as washing hands, wearing a mask when required to and maintaining a social distance.

‘We want to avoid the local lockdowns that have happened further north that have seen places shut down and we want to make sure the attractions stay open for local and visitors to enjoy and don’t want to see anything closed and the best way to achieve that is if people do all they can to follow the rules to avoid spreading the coronavirus. If they do that, they’ll remain open.’

He added: ‘Just because you’re on holiday it doesn’t mean you can just forget everything. There have been reports that some people when refusing to wear a mask have said they’ve come down to Cornwall to get away from it as if the coronavirus doesn’t exist in Cornwall when it does. People need to be sensible and follow all the guidelines.’

Nearly 20million Britons plan to go on a staycation holiday in the UK this year, a poll found yesterday, amid fears over a fresh stampede of revellers to beauty spots.

Tourists are expected to flock back to beaches across the country as temperatures up to 99F (37C) sweep in from central Europe by the end of the week amid a level two heat warning.

A YouGov poll found 28 per cent of Britons plan to take a holiday in the UK this year – the equivalent of about 19million people – while only 9 per cent will go abroad and a further 49 per cent do not intend on holidaying. 

A couple are pictured holding hands as they walk together in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London today

A couple are pictured holding hands as they walk together in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London today

The full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon is pictured riseing through the clouds above Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital

The full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon is pictured riseing through the clouds above Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital

Met Office issues a health alert as England is set be hotter than the Bahamas

Some won’t like it hot! Met Office issues a health alert as England is set be hotter than the Bahamas with 99F temperatures by Friday

  • By Friday, England will bake in temperatures of up to 37C (99F), hotter than the Bahamas in a new heatwave
  • A level-two heat health alert has been issued, meaning temperatures reach a high for two consecutive days 
  • The health alert, for the will be in place from midday on Thursday until 9am on Sunday for the South East

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Anyone who equipped themselves with fans and paddling pools to survive last week’s sweltering temperatures can sit back, smug – and cool – because the heatwave is set to return by the weekend.

By Friday, England will bake in temperatures of up to 37C (99F), hotter than the Bahamas or Lisbon, as the Met Office issued a heat health alert for the South East.

The level two alert, which means that temperatures are expected to reach a certain high on two consecutive days, will be in place from midday on Thursday until 9am on Sunday.

The value temperatures must reach to trigger an alert varies depending on the region affected – in the North East, temperatures would need to reach 28C (82F) over the same period – but the threshold is 30C (86F) on average.

People on Marazion Beach and Saint Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, enjoying the warm weather just before a heatwave hits England and lasts through the weekend

The full Sturgeon Moon glows red as it rises up from behind The Needles lighthouse on the Isle of Wight viewed from Mudeford Quay in Dorset on a clear summer evening

The full Sturgeon Moon glows red as it rises up from behind The Needles lighthouse on the Isle of Wight viewed from Mudeford Quay in Dorset on a clear summer evening

A waterspout is pictured off the coast of Oostduinkerke, Belgium. Waterspouts usually develop over tropical, warm waters in spring or summer months

A waterspout is pictured off the coast of Oostduinkerke, Belgium. Waterspouts usually develop over tropical, warm waters in spring or summer months

Paddle boarders and kayakers on the sea near Sandbanks, Dorset as England is set to be hotter than the Bahamas or Lisbon this week

Paddle boarders and kayakers on the sea near Sandbanks, Dorset as England is set to be hotter than the Bahamas or Lisbon this week

Warm air from Europe is expected at the end of the week, with southerly winds sweeping hot and dry conditions across most of England.

Temperatures could peak at around 32C (90F) in the South on Thursday and 26C (79F) in the North.

While the Bahamas could be 31C (88F) on Friday, the Met Office has said temperatures in England could reach 37C (99F), and Lisbon may peak at around 30C (86F) by the weekend. 

Although the hot spell is due to last throughout Saturday, the temperature is expected to drop and by Sunday, some parts of the country could see thunder storms.

The beginning of the week sees milder temperatures after last Friday was the third hottest day since records began in 1910, after a high of 37.8C (100F) was recorded at Heathrow airport

The beginning of the week sees milder temperatures after last Friday was the third hottest day since records began in 1910, after a high of 37.8C (100F) was recorded at Heathrow airport

While the Bahamas could be 31C (88F) on Friday, the Met Office has said temperatures in England could reach 37C (99F), and Lisbon may peak at around 30C (86F) by the weekend

While the Bahamas could be 31C (88F) on Friday, the Met Office has said temperatures in England could reach 37C (99F), and Lisbon may peak at around 30C (86F) by the weekend

People enjoying the warm weather today in in St James's Park in London. When temperatures pick up again this week, they could could peak at around 32C (90F) in the South on Thursday and 26C (79F) in the North

People enjoying the warm weather today in in St James’s Park in London. When temperatures pick up again this week, they could could peak at around 32C (90F) in the South on Thursday and 26C (79F) in the North

Pelicans also enjoyed the sunshine today in St James's Park in London as England braces for hot spell is due to last throughout Saturday

Pelicans also enjoyed the sunshine today in St James’s Park in London as England braces for hot spell is due to last throughout Saturday

Crowds of holidaymakers and sunseekers flock to the packed beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset to socak up the scorching hot sunshine as the week gets of to a glorious hot and sunny start

Crowds of holidaymakers and sunseekers flock to the packed beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset to socak up the scorching hot sunshine as the week gets of to a glorious hot and sunny start

Bonnie Diamond, a forecaster for the Met Office, said the North West would see an ‘unsettled’ start to the week, while the South should enjoy a dry spell – with warmer weather spreading across England and Wales from Thursday.

It follows a weekend of hot weather which saw some of England’s most popular tourist hotspots deluged with visitors.

The Met Office confirmed last Friday was the third hottest day since records began in 1910, after a high of 37.8C (100F) was recorded at Heathrow airport.

Last year saw several new high temperature records

Last year saw several new high temperature records as climate change makes ‘an increasing impact’

  • Met Office review shows that 2019 saw series of new temperature records
  • Its shows last year was on average 1.1C hotter than long-term 1961-1990 levels
  • Showed country’s recent decade has been 0.9C warmer than 1961-1990 average

Last year saw a series of new high temperature records as climate change exerts ‘an increasing impact’ on the UK, the Met Office warned.

The latest State Of The UK Climate review by the weather experts shows that 2019 was on average 1.1C hotter than long-term 1961-1990 levels.

And the country’s most recent decade has been 0.9C warmer than the 1961-1990 average, the report said.

Last year was the most notable for breaking records, with the UK recording its hottest ever temperature at 38.7C (101.7F) on July 25.

The latest State Of The UK Climate review by the Met Office had shown new high temperature records. Pictured: People enjoy the warm weather on Weymouth beach, Dorset, on July 29

And 2019 had the hottest winter day as temperatures reached 21.2C (70.2F) on February 26 in London – the first time 20C (68F) has been reached in the UK in a winter month.

The changing climate is also bringing other extremes such as flooding which has become more common. 

Met Office lead author Mike Kendon said: ‘Our report shows climate change is exerting an increasing impact on the UK’s climate.

‘This year was warmer than any other year in the UK between 1884 and 1990, and since 2002 we have seen the warmest 10 years in the series.

‘By contrast, to find a year in the coldest 10 we have to go back to 1963 – over 50 years ago.’

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: ‘The climate statistics over time reveal an undeniable warming trend for the UK.

‘We are also reporting on changes in other aspects of our weather and environment, such as rainfall, snow, sunshine, sea level and even tree leafing dates.

‘The observed changes are to varying degrees a consequence of both global climate change and natural variability in our climate.’

The report includes data on the changing seasons in the natural world, gathered by the Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar citizen science scheme.

People enjoy the sizzling sun in Wandsworth Park in London on July 30 as temperatures continue to rise

People enjoy the sizzling sun in Wandsworth Park in London on July 30 as temperatures continue to rise

A group of people jog through a sunny Wimbledon Common on July 29 as sunshine returns

A group of people jog through a sunny Wimbledon Common on July 29 as sunshine returns

It showed the dates for when a range of common shrubs and trees were particularly early in putting out their first leaves – on average 9.7 days earlier than the 1999-2018 baseline, as a result of relatively warm conditions in winter and early spring.

The point at which trees were bare of leaves again in autumn was also slightly later than average.

Darren Moorcroft, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, said: ‘In response to the warm winter and mild spring temperatures, the first leaves appeared on trees nearly 10 days earlier in 2019, compared to our baseline period.

‘Whilst this may not sound like much, research using these citizen science records has shown this can have dire impacts further down the food chain.

‘Our trees, and all the wildlife they support, are on the front line of climate change and ultimately some species will be able to adapt better than others.

‘This is a stark reminder of the need to take immediate action on climate change.’

Britain braces for ‘severe’ storms and deluge into next week


Lockdown’s not much fun in the rain! Shoppers duck for cover as the heavens open and Britain is given a taste of what it will be like dealing with coronavirus this winter

  • The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West
  • Some parts of the UK could even get up to 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours
  • Temperatures could reach 77F (25C) in the east of the country this afternoon and it will remain very humid 

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Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today as the country faces a 77F (25C) muggy heat.

The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West with serious disruption expected across the regions.  

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is predicted into the afternoon and further showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. 

Some parts of the UK could even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours. There are currently five flood alerts in place in the West Midlands.  

The Roman city of Bath experienced torrential downpours this afternoon as shoppers in the city centre ducked for cover from the showers.  

Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today. Pictured: shoppers wearing face masks in Bath brave a torrential downpour this afternoon

The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West with serious disruption expected across the regions. Pictured: a woman runs for cover in Bath during a rain storm

The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West with serious disruption expected across the regions. Pictured: a woman runs for cover in Bath during a rain storm

Roads in Bath appeared flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers

Roads in Bath appeared flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers 

The abrupt end to the UK’s short-lived heatwave comes just days after hundreds of sun-seekers flocked to Bournemouth, Dorset and Cornwall to enjoy sizzling temperatures of 77F (25C) as the official school holidays began. 

A Met office spokesman said: ‘There will be some periods of heavy rain, especially towards mid to late afternoon across the south coast. 

‘So there is a feature moving up the English channel that will bring some heavier rain to the south coast with places like Eastbourne and Brighton getting to see some heavier showers.’

Today’s temperatures will be a lot cooler than the 37.8C reached on this day last year – the highest ever temperature recorded in the UK. The mercury is expected to hit 77F (25C) in the east this afternoon.  

Some parts of the UK could even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours. Pictured: shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Some parts of the UK could even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours. Pictured: shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Heavy rain disrupts pubs and restaurants during lockdown recovery in Battersea, south London today

Heavy rain disrupts pubs and restaurants during lockdown recovery in Battersea, south London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is predicted into the afternoon and further showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Pictured is a shower in Battersea, south London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is predicted into the afternoon and further showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Pictured is a shower in Battersea, south London today

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers

On Saturday the band of clouds will being heavy rain to southern parts of the country

By Sunday there will be sunny spells across England and Wales

On Saturday, the band of clouds will being some heavier rain to the south coast (left) and by Sunday there will be sunny spells (right) 

A woman holds a colourful umbrella on Northcote Road in Battersea, south London this afternoon to protect herself from the heavy rain

A woman holds a colourful umbrella on Northcote Road in Battersea, south London this afternoon to protect herself from the heavy rain

There are currently five flood alerts in place in the West Midlands. Pictured: a woman in Battersea, London, protects herself from the rain

There are currently five flood alerts in place in the West Midlands. Pictured: a woman in Battersea, London, protects herself from the rain

Rain in London today

Rain in Battersea, London today

Heavy downpours caused disruption to people’s pub plans this evening in London 

Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today. Pictured: a couple shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today. Pictured: a couple shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Conditions seemed a bit brighter along the Thames Path in Oxford today as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

Conditions seemed a bit brighter along the Thames Path in Oxford today as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

People enjoy punting and boating on The River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures remain warm but very humid across the UK

People enjoy punting and boating on The River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures remain warm but very humid across the UK

Despite the torrential downpours seen in some southern parts of the country today, in Oxford many were seen out and about enjoying the warm temperatures

Despite the torrential downpours seen in some southern parts of the country today, in Oxford many were seen out and about enjoying the warm temperatures

On Sunday there will be some more persistent rain towards the North West of Scotland and it will be a little cooler than today with highs of 23 to 24C.  

Forecasters are predicting a changeable start to the school holidays with unsettled conditions continuing through to at least the first week of August.

The Met Office’s forecast for the rest of the coming week states: ‘The unsettled theme seems likely to continue with scattered showers and strong winds interspersed with sunny spells across much of the country.’ 

Further rain and strong winds are expected at the beginning of August, with the ‘best of any drier weather’ in the South.

‘It is generally likely to be on the cool side for much of the country with any warmer spells more likely across south-eastern parts,’ the Met Office adds. 

Britain braces for ‘severe’ storms and deluge into next week


Soaking in the BATH! Shoppers duck for cover as the heavens open over famous Roman city – while Britain braces for ‘severe’ storms and deluge into next week

  • The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West
  • Some parts of the UK could even get up to 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours
  • Temperatures could reach 77F (25C) in the east of the country this afternoon and it will remain very humid 

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Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today as the country faces a 77F (25C) muggy heat.

The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West with serious disruption expected across the regions.  

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is predicted into the afternoon and further showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. 

Some parts of the UK could even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours. There are currently five flood alerts in place in the West Midlands.  

The Roman city of Bath experienced torrential downpours this afternoon as shoppers in the city centre ducked for cover from the showers.  

Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today. Pictured: shoppers wearing face masks in Bath brave a torrential downpour this afternoon

The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West with serious disruption expected across the regions. Pictured: a woman runs for cover in Bath during a rain storm

The Met Office have put in place a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the South and the South West with serious disruption expected across the regions. Pictured: a woman runs for cover in Bath during a rain storm

Roads in Bath appeared flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers

Roads in Bath appeared flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers 

The abrupt end to the UK’s short-lived heatwave comes just days after hundreds of sun-seekers flocked to Bournemouth, Dorset and Cornwall to enjoy sizzling temperatures of 77F (25C) as the official school holidays began. 

A Met office spokesman said: ‘There will be some periods of heavy rain, especially towards mid to late afternoon across the south coast. 

‘So there is a feature moving up the English channel that will bring some heavier rain to the south coast with places like Eastbourne and Brighton getting to see some heavier showers.’

Today’s temperatures will be a lot cooler than the 37.8C reached on this day last year – the highest ever temperature recorded in the UK. The mercury is expected to hit 77F (25C) in the east this afternoon.  

Some parts of the UK could even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours. Pictured: shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Some parts of the UK could even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm over a few hours. Pictured: shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Heavy rain disrupts pubs and restaurants during lockdown recovery in Battersea, south London today

Heavy rain disrupts pubs and restaurants during lockdown recovery in Battersea, south London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is predicted into the afternoon and further showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Pictured is a shower in Battersea, south London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is predicted into the afternoon and further showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Pictured is a shower in Battersea, south London today

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars made their way through the water following heavy and thundery showers

On Saturday the band of clouds will being heavy rain to southern parts of the country

By Sunday there will be sunny spells across England and Wales

On Saturday, the band of clouds will being some heavier rain to the south coast (left) and by Sunday there will be sunny spells (right) 

A woman holds a colourful umbrella on Northcote Road in Battersea, south London this afternoon to protect herself from the heavy rain

A woman holds a colourful umbrella on Northcote Road in Battersea, south London this afternoon to protect herself from the heavy rain

There are currently five flood alerts in place in the West Midlands. Pictured: a woman in Battersea, London, protects herself from the rain

There are currently five flood alerts in place in the West Midlands. Pictured: a woman in Battersea, London, protects herself from the rain

Rain in London today

Rain in Battersea, London today

Heavy downpours caused disruption to people’s pub plans this evening in London 

Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today. Pictured: a couple shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Britain is being battered by thunderstorms and torrential rain today. Pictured: a couple shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Conditions seemed a bit brighter along the Thames Path in Oxford today as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

Conditions seemed a bit brighter along the Thames Path in Oxford today as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

People enjoy punting and boating on The River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures remain warm but very humid across the UK

People enjoy punting and boating on The River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures remain warm but very humid across the UK

Despite the torrential downpours seen in some southern parts of the country today, in Oxford many were seen out and about enjoying the warm temperatures

Despite the torrential downpours seen in some southern parts of the country today, in Oxford many were seen out and about enjoying the warm temperatures

On Sunday there will be some more persistent rain towards the North West of Scotland and it will be a little cooler than today with highs of 23 to 24C.  

Forecasters are predicting a changeable start to the school holidays with unsettled conditions continuing through to at least the first week of August.

The Met Office’s forecast for the rest of the coming week states: ‘The unsettled theme seems likely to continue with scattered showers and strong winds interspersed with sunny spells across much of the country.’ 

Further rain and strong winds are expected at the beginning of August, with the ‘best of any drier weather’ in the South.

‘It is generally likely to be on the cool side for much of the country with any warmer spells more likely across south-eastern parts,’ the Met Office adds. 

Beaches and parks brace for onslaught of visitors as London and the south is set for 82F sun today


Beaches and car parks are bracing for an onslaught of visitors as London and the south is set for 82F (28C) sun today – but rain will keep things cooler further north.  

The Met Office forecast a weather front to bring a split in temperatures between the two regions with a ‘fairly grey’ day for northern England and north Wales but scorching conditions towards the south-east.  

It follows police saying UK motorways looked like a ‘cross between a caravan and a boat show’ yesterday after millions hit the roads ahead of this weekend as the official school holidays begin for many families.

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth were piled up with traffic and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset.

Most schools are set to break up for the summer holidays between July 20 and July 22, after months of home schooling due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Met Office’s Alex Deakin, above, forecast a ‘fairly grey’ day for northern England and north Wales but scorching conditions towards the south-east today as a weather front brings a split in temperatures between the two regions

Forecasting today’s weather, Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: ‘For northern England, north Wales it looks fairly grey with outbreaks of rain especially to the west of the Pennines, at times some of that rain could just trickle into mid-Wales and eventually maybe into parts of the Midlands too. 

‘But looks like most of the Midlands, most of southern England into East Anglia, dry, bright and very warm once more. Should brighten up a little bit across the far north of England but there is, as I say, quite a bit of uncertainty about the position of this weather front.

‘It could be a bit further north, it could be a little bit further south. But it will definitely bring that contrast in temperatures again, another warm one across the south-east, 28C (82F) is possible, whereas it will be cooler further north but still pleasant enough in the sunshine where we see it across eastern Scotland, north-east England, 20C (68F) is possible.

‘If you’re stuck under that cloud and rain from that weather front though it will feel pretty cool. Now that weather front may pep up again on Saturday evening across parts of Wales especially and again north-west England, staying fairly soggy, the rain could expand as we go into Sunday too.’

Towards the end of the weekend, many areas will see ‘sunny spells’ with any rain across the south slowly clearing away.

Mr Deakin added: ‘That weather front then slowly chugging south into Sunday, still a lot of uncertainty about the timing although it kind of stalls, again though further north the cooler air for Sunday but a fresh bright day for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Towards the end of the weekend on Sunday, many areas will see 'sunny spells' with any rain across the south slowly clearing away, but 'uncertainty' surrounds how quickly the front will last

Towards the end of the weekend on Sunday, many areas will see ‘sunny spells’ with any rain across the south slowly clearing away, but ‘uncertainty’ surrounds how quickly the front will last

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth piled up with traffic ahead of the weekend, as many families set off on their holidays. Pictured, traffic on the M1 near Worksop yesterday

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth piled up with traffic ahead of the weekend, as many families set off on their holidays. Pictured, traffic on the M1 near Worksop yesterday

‘A few showers, some drifting inland. But across England and Wales that weather front still likely to be around, certainly initially bringing cloud and rain, it should start to clear away though through the day. 

‘We could though see some heavier showers breaking out across East Anglia and the south-east later on but there’s a lot of uncertainty about how quickly that weather front scoops away.’

Meanwhile, Coral bookmaker has made it odds-on at 1-2 for 86F (30C) or higher being recorded this weekend in the UK.

Coral’s John Hill said: ‘We are set for one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, with our betting indicating 30C or higher could be reached in the UK. 

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions. Pictured, the M1 near Worksop

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions. Pictured, the M1 near Worksop

Traffic pilled up on the M1 near Worksop (above) yesterday and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset

Traffic pilled up on the M1 near Worksop (above) yesterday and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off for long journeys

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off for long journeys

‘With more sizzling temperature on the horizon, we think we could still get a record hot summer this year.’

The firm also made it odds-on at 10-11 for a hosepipe ban this summer and 5-4 for the hottest summer on record in the UK. 

It follows yesterday becoming the hottest day so far this month as the mercury hit 83.3F (28.5C) at London’s Heathrow.

The Met Office tweeted: ‘It was the warmest day so far this July as temperatures reached 28.5°C at Heathrow. 

‘A cold front brought cloud and rain further north, where it was much cooler. Fresher air will spread south this weekend as the cold front clears through.’

Beaches and parks brace for onslaught of visitors as London and the south is set for 82F sun today


Beaches and car parks are bracing for an onslaught of visitors as London and the south is set for 82F (28C) sun today – but rain will keep things cooler further north.  

The Met Office forecast a weather front to bring a split in temperatures between the two regions with a ‘fairly grey’ day for northern England and north Wales but scorching conditions towards the south-east.  

It follows police saying UK motorways looked like a ‘cross between a caravan and a boat show’ yesterday after millions hit the roads ahead of this weekend as the official school holidays begin for many families.

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth were piled up with traffic and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset.

Most schools are set to break up for the summer holidays between July 20 and July 22, after months of home schooling due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Met Office’s Alex Deakin, above, forecast a ‘fairly grey’ day for northern England and north Wales but scorching conditions towards the south-east today as a weather front brings a split in temperatures between the two regions

Forecasting today’s weather, Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: ‘For northern England, north Wales it looks fairly grey with outbreaks of rain especially to the west of the Pennines, at times some of that rain could just trickle into mid-Wales and eventually maybe into parts of the Midlands too. 

‘But looks like most of the Midlands, most of southern England into East Anglia, dry, bright and very warm once more. Should brighten up a little bit across the far north of England but there is, as I say, quite a bit of uncertainty about the position of this weather front.

‘It could be a bit further north, it could be a little bit further south. But it will definitely bring that contrast in temperatures again, another warm one across the south-east, 28C (82F) is possible, whereas it will be cooler further north but still pleasant enough in the sunshine where we see it across eastern Scotland, north-east England, 20C (68F) is possible.

‘If you’re stuck under that cloud and rain from that weather front though it will feel pretty cool. Now that weather front may pep up again on Saturday evening across parts of Wales especially and again north-west England, staying fairly soggy, the rain could expand as we go into Sunday too.’

Towards the end of the weekend, many areas will see ‘sunny spells’ with any rain across the south slowly clearing away.

Mr Deakin added: ‘That weather front then slowly chugging south into Sunday, still a lot of uncertainty about the timing although it kind of stalls, again though further north the cooler air for Sunday but a fresh bright day for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Towards the end of the weekend on Sunday, many areas will see 'sunny spells' with any rain across the south slowly clearing away, but 'uncertainty' surrounds how quickly the front will last

Towards the end of the weekend on Sunday, many areas will see ‘sunny spells’ with any rain across the south slowly clearing away, but ‘uncertainty’ surrounds how quickly the front will last

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth piled up with traffic ahead of the weekend, as many families set off on their holidays. Pictured, traffic on the M1 near Worksop yesterday

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth piled up with traffic ahead of the weekend, as many families set off on their holidays. Pictured, traffic on the M1 near Worksop yesterday

‘A few showers, some drifting inland. But across England and Wales that weather front still likely to be around, certainly initially bringing cloud and rain, it should start to clear away though through the day. 

‘We could though see some heavier showers breaking out across East Anglia and the south-east later on but there’s a lot of uncertainty about how quickly that weather front scoops away.’

Meanwhile, Coral bookmaker has made it odds-on at 1-2 for 86F (30C) or higher being recorded this weekend in the UK.

Coral’s John Hill said: ‘We are set for one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, with our betting indicating 30C or higher could be reached in the UK. 

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions. Pictured, the M1 near Worksop

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions. Pictured, the M1 near Worksop

Traffic pilled up on the M1 near Worksop (above) yesterday and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset

Traffic pilled up on the M1 near Worksop (above) yesterday and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off for long journeys

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off for long journeys

‘With more sizzling temperature on the horizon, we think we could still get a record hot summer this year.’

The firm also made it odds-on at 10-11 for a hosepipe ban this summer and 5-4 for the hottest summer on record in the UK. 

It follows yesterday becoming the hottest day so far this month as the mercury hit 83.3F (28.5C) at London’s Heathrow.

The Met Office tweeted: ‘It was the warmest day so far this July as temperatures reached 28.5°C at Heathrow. 

‘A cold front brought cloud and rain further north, where it was much cooler. Fresher air will spread south this weekend as the cold front clears through.’

UK motorways packed as school holidays start on hot weekend


Motorways ‘currently look like a cross between a caravan and boat show’, police have said after millions hit the roads as the official school holidays begin for many families.

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth are pilling up with traffic ahead of the weekend, as many families set off on their holidays. 

Mike Newton, Devon and Cornwall Police Control Room Supervisor, has said that the M5 is filled with caravans and boats ahead of the sunny weekend, Devon Live reported.

The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth are pilling up with traffic ahead of the weekend, as many families set off on their holidays. Pictured, traffic on the M1 near Worksop today

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions. Pictured, the M1 near Worksop

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions. Pictured, the M1 near Worksop

In a tweet at 2.30pm this afternoon, he said: ‘The M5 south currently looks like a cross between a caravan and boat show between 30 & 31.’

Traffic has piled up on the M1 near Worksop and delays have been reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset.

Most schools are set to break up for the summer holidays between July 20 and July 22, after months of home schooling due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Traffic is expected to back up across Britain as the great ‘summer getaway’ is underway, with families setting off to the beach as lockdown eases across the country.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to the two counties than ever this year due to foreign travel restrictions.

Traffic has pilled up on the M1 near Worksop (above) and delays have been reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset

Traffic has pilled up on the M1 near Worksop (above) and delays have been reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off for long journeys

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off for long journeys

Many families have been forced to cancel their holidays abroad this year due to Covid-19 regulations and are instead looking closer to home for a trip away from home. 

Drivers have been asked to avoid travelling in peak times and check how busy the roads are before setting off. 

Highways England said: ‘If you are travelling in the South West this weekend please expect traffic to be heavier than usual for the Summer Getaway.

‘If possible try to travel outside of peak times and remember that all Motorway Services are open so ensure you take extra breaks along your journey.

‘Routes to the South West are expected to be busy this summer as the region tops the list of ‘staycation’ destinations.’ 

This busy spell comes after two incidents have already been reported involving caravans. 

One incident occurred on the A30 and caused a four-mile tailback after a caravan suffered a blow out, while another saw traffic come to a halt when the vehicle jack-knifed.  

The M5 south of Bristol to Exeter and the A30 west are traditionally two of the country’s worst affected routes as holidaymakers head to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.  

This comes as Met Office has forecast a long sunny spell across the south west, as temperatures are set to cool elsewhere in Britain.

Many families have been forced to cancel their holidays abroad this year due to Covid-19 regulations and are instead looking closer to home for a trip away from home

Many families have been forced to cancel their holidays abroad this year due to Covid-19 regulations and are instead looking closer to home for a trip away from home

Britons have been basking in scorching 84F sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year today.

A gigantic swarm of flying ants at least 50 miles wide which can be seen from space has also shown up on the Met Office’s weather radar today.

 Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today.

The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex during their ‘nuptial flight’, during which they mate – an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation.

The Met Office tweeted: ‘It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise…

‘The radar is actually picking up a swarm of #flyingants across the southeast. During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days #flyingantday’. 

Ants swarm together to raise the odds of pairs successfully mating and to deter predators at this vulnerable stage in the life cycle of their colonies.

Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today. The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex on their so-called 'nuptial flight', during which they mate - an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation

Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today. The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex on their so-called 'nuptial flight', during which they mate - an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation

Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today. The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex on their so-called ‘nuptial flight’, during which they mate – an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation

Sun-seekers flocking to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sun-seekers flocking to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Pictured: Jola and her daughter Isla (one) and Rowan (three) enjoying the warm weather as they paddle in the Lymington River at Balmer Lawn in the New Forest, Hampshire today

Pictured: Jola and her daughter Isla (one) and Rowan (three) enjoying the warm weather as they paddle in the Lymington River at Balmer Lawn in the New Forest, Hampshire today

Security guards are seen patrolling the busy beachfront on Bournemouth on Friday as temperatures soar across the UK

Security guards are seen patrolling the busy beachfront on Bournemouth on Friday as temperatures soar across the UK

Britons are set to bask in 84F heat while temperatures soar and are set to make a perfect weekend before the rain is due to sweep in next week. Pictured: A woman enjoys the sun on Clapham Common

Britons are set to bask in 84F heat while temperatures soar and are set to make a perfect weekend before the rain is due to sweep in next week. Pictured: A woman enjoys the sun on Clapham Common 

Sun-seekers enjoy the warm weather at Clapham Common today as temperatures across the country continue to rise

Sun-seekers enjoy the warm weather at Clapham Common today as temperatures across the country continue to rise

Two people enjoy the sizzling sun along the Putney embankment in London today as temperatures soar to 84F today

Two people enjoy the sizzling sun along the Putney embankment in London today as temperatures soar to 84F today

A gigantic swarm of flying ants 50 miles which can be seen from space has shown up on the Met Office's weather radar today as Britons bask in 84F sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year. Those looking to have a Friday-night barbecue in the south of England and Wales will be in luck as it is set to see the hottest temperatures

A gigantic swarm of flying ants 50 miles which can be seen from space has shown up on the Met Office’s weather radar today as Britons bask in 84F sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year. Those looking to have a Friday-night barbecue in the south of England and Wales will be in luck as it is set to see the hottest temperatures

Why flying ants swarm

Ants swarm in order to mate – travelling on a journey known as a ‘dispersal’ or a ‘nuptial flight’.

After being born from a queen ant and fed up by worker ants, sexually mature ants leave the nest to procreate. 

Swarming, a group activity, increases the odds of mating and gives strength in numbers, deterring predators.

This behaviour is triggered by certain weather conditions – such as bright sunlight, high humidities, warm temperatures and calm winds.

These conditions tend to happen around late Spring and early Summer, and can cause multiple colonies to swarm in a single area.

Swarming at the same time increases the likelihood of finding a mate.

Flying ants will gather together in clumps to mate on high structures – a phenomenon experts dub ‘hilltopping’.

After mating, around half the male ants die – having served their purpose.

Meanwhile, the fertilised queen ants will fly around trying to find a good site to start a new colony.

Different ant species prefer different environments for their nests – with some liking decaying wood and others cracks in pavements.

When a nesting site is found, the queen breaks off her wings, never to fly again.

Her wings muscles are converted into fuel to keep her going as she begins laying her eggs. 

The Royal Society of Biology is studying why this phenomenon occurs and are investigating what weather conditions encourage ants to fly.

‘After four years of our flying ant survey, we have found that flying ant day isn’t as predictable as we had at first thought,’ the group said.

It comes as delighted sunbathers were seen flocking to Lyme Regis beach in Dorset while early-morning exercise enthusiasts took to Clapham Common to make the most of the high temperatures before they drop next week. 

Met Office charts show temperatures of 72F in the south by Tuesday – though its long-range forecast shows any warmer weather will be ‘short-lived’ until at least mid August. 

Flocks of children were seen taking to Lymington Sea Water Baths in Hampshire on Friday as it reopened for the first time during coronavirus lockdown. 

The lido is the oldest and largest in the UK. Swimmers have to book a time slot online and numbers have been restricted to around 100 swimmers a day, 10 per cent of its usual capacity.

A band of rain will move from Scotland and Northern Ireland into the north of England later today but sunnier skies are set to follow. 

Those looking to have a Friday-night barbecue in the south of England and Wales will be in luck as it is set to see the hottest temperatures. 

Met Office Nicola Maxey that those in the southeast have a ‘hot day to come’ on Friday, with highs of 84F.

Ms Maxey said despite the highs today in the south, Scotland will be a mixture of ‘sunny spells and showers’, with temperatures set at about 18C.

‘There will be showers throughout the weekend, most likely in Scotland and northern England.’ 

She said that while Friday is likely to see the hottest temperatures of the weekend, Saturday will still be very warm at 82F. 

Things will start to cool off on Sunday as a cold front pushes in from the north and sees temperatures drop to about 70F. 

Rain may return tonight in central parts of the UK but it will be clearer in the north. The south of England is likely to stay dry and warm into tomorrow. 

Wales, northern and central England will see more rain tomorrow while sunny skies are set to stay in the south.  

Those in Scotland and Northern Ireland should expect showers with some sunny spells.  

More rain will be spotted on Sunday all over the country but is likely to dry off and reveal some sunny skies afterwards.  

Farmers have been making the most of the fine weather to harvest their bumper crop of lavender as the UK looks forward to a warm weekend. 

Two people lie back on the deck chairs and soak up the sun on the beach in Margate, Kent, as mercury levels rise in the UK

Two people lie back on the deck chairs and soak up the sun on the beach in Margate, Kent, as mercury levels rise in the UK

One woman enjoys a book on Putney embankment as as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today.

One woman enjoys a book on Putney embankment as as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today.

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

People gather along the Putney embankment as the Met Office charts showed temperatures of 72F in the south by Tuesday

People gather along the Putney embankment as the Met Office charts showed temperatures of 72F in the south by Tuesday

Two women read their books in the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, ahead of the predicted warm weather across the south of England this weekend

Two women read their books in the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, ahead of the predicted warm weather across the south of England this weekend

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Bournemouth, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Bournemouth, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

A speed boat passes the P&O crusie ship Arcadia which is anchored off the beach in Bournemouth today

A speed boat passes the P&O crusie ship Arcadia which is anchored off the beach in Bournemouth today

A woman on the seafront in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather ahead of a scorching hot weekend

A woman on the seafront in Margate, Kent today, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather ahead of a scorching

People enjoying the fine weather on Putney embankment on a hot humid day in London. A mini heatwave is forecast to last all weekend with sweltering temperatures reaching 84F in parts of the UK

People enjoying the fine weather on Putney embankment on a hot humid day in London. A mini heatwave is forecast to last all weekend with sweltering temperatures reaching 84F in parts of the UK 

woman enjoys the warm weather by the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

woman enjoys the warm weather by the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

A couple sunbathe at the beach in Dorset while the UK experiences extraordinarily high temperatures of up to 84F today

A couple sunbathe at the beach in Dorset while the UK experiences extraordinarily high temperatures of up to 84F today

A woman is seen using her mobile phones as she enjoys glorious summer sunshine on Clapham Common today

A woman is seen using her mobile phones as she enjoys glorious summer sunshine on Clapham Common today

Two women are seen using their mobile phones as they enjoy glorious summer sunshine on Clapham Common today

A man sunbathes on Clapham Common as he listens to music on his phone ahead of a weekend of scorching weather

A man sunbathes on Clapham Common as he listens to music on his phone ahead of a weekend of scorching weather

Two women chat and play with their phones as they sunbathe on Clapham Common today as temperatures hit 84F

Two women chat and play with their phones as they sunbathe on Clapham Common today as temperatures hit 84F

Three women chat and sunbathe on Clapham Common in south London today as temperatures soar to 84F

Three women chat and sunbathe on Clapham Common in south London today as temperatures soar to 84F

A cold front is slowly sinking in, meaning patchy rain at times, despite the highs, before a drop in temperatures into next week. Pictured: A woman doing yoga on Clapham Common

A cold front is slowly sinking in, meaning patchy rain at times, despite the highs, before a drop in temperatures into next week. Pictured: A woman doing yoga on Clapham Common 

Members of the public enjoy the sunshine on pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park as temperatures soar to 84F

Members of the public enjoy the sunshine on pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park as temperatures soar to 84F

Finn Collingwood, 14, jumps into Lymington Sea Water Baths on Friday as the UK is set to see temperatures soar to 84F

Finn Collingwood, 14, jumps into Lymington Sea Water Baths on Friday as the UK is set to see temperatures soar to 84F 

And farmers have been making the most of the fine weather to harvest their bumper crop of lavender as the UK looks forward to a warm weekend. Pictured is a lavender field in Norfolk

And farmers have been making the most of the fine weather to harvest their bumper crop of lavender as the UK looks forward to a warm weekend. Pictured is a lavender field in Norfolk 

Lymington Sea Water Baths is the oldest and largest lido in the UK, and have reopened to the general public today. Pictured are brothers James, 16, and Myles, 12

Lymington Sea Water Baths is the oldest and largest lido in the UK, and have reopened to the general public today. Pictured are brothers James, 16, and Myles, 12

People visit the beach in Bournemouth as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

People visit the beach in Bournemouth as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

A woman is spotted rowing along the River Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in the sunlight on Friday morning

A woman is spotted rowing along the River Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in the sunlight on Friday morning 

A man is spotted taking a jog without any shoes on while basking in the sunlight on Clapham Common

A man is spotted taking a jog without any shoes on while basking in the sunlight on Clapham Common

One man rows along the River Thames by Putney embankment as hundreds continue to flock to the nation's outdoor spaces to enjoy the sun

One man rows along the River Thames by Putney embankment as hundreds continue to flock to the nation’s outdoor spaces to enjoy the sun

Piera Annalise, 28, enjoys a day on the beach as she takes selfies along the Bournemouth coastline

Piera Annalise, 28, enjoys a day on the beach as she takes selfies along the Bournemouth coastline

Claire Piddington and her son Isaac, three, were spotted making sand castles on Bournemouth beach on Friday morning

Claire Piddington and her son Isaac, three, were spotted making sand castles on Bournemouth beach on Friday morning 

Pictured are two women making the most of the glorious weather and taking to Clapham Common for a bit of exercise

Pictured are two women making the most of the glorious weather and taking to Clapham Common for a bit of exercise

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Growers at Norfolk Lavender near Hunstanton were out in their 100 acres of lavender fields as England looks set to see highs of 84F today.

Norfolk Lavender was founded in 1932 when three men and a boy planted 13,000 lavender plants on six acres of land in 18 days for a total of £15.

The purple lavender has been harvested every year since and the oil is distilled to make perfumes and cosmetics.

Norfolk Lavender now houses the national collection of more than 100 varieties. 

Lavender was first introduced to Britain by the Romans and during medieval times it was grown in the monasteries for culinary and medicinal use.

During Tudor times its popularity increased and England was covered in acres of lavender fields.

The Victorians used the plant as perfume scent and for flavouring honeys, jams and custard.

Cosmetic companies such as Yardley later fuelled the growing trend by producing hundreds of gallons of lavender oil. 

A woman is seen on a jog in the bright sunlight on Friday morning on Clapham Common

A woman is seen on a jog in the bright sunlight on Friday morning on Clapham Common 

By World War One lavender had become the most common antiseptic and it was also used to disinfect hospital walls, but it slowly went out of fashion with scientific advancements.

Soon cheaper lavender was being imported from Provence and Britain’s fertile lavender fields were gradually flattened to make way for new buildings.

Over the last decade lavender has seen a revival in England with more people using its essential oil to treat a wide range of conditions from migraines and skin complaints to stress, depression, tension and exhaustion.  

 ***Have you seen any flying ants? Send us your pictures – [email protected]***

Growers at Norfolk Lavender (pictured) near Hunstanton were out in their 100 acres of lavender fields as England looks set to see highs of 84F today

Growers at Norfolk Lavender (pictured) near Hunstanton were out in their 100 acres of lavender fields as England looks set to see highs of 84F today

50-mile swarm of flying ants heads for Kent and Sussex


A gigantic swarm of flying ants at least 50 miles wide which can be seen from space has shown up on the Met Office’s weather radar today as Britons bask in 84F sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year. 

Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today.

The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex during their ‘nuptial flight’, during which they mate – an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation.

The Met Office tweeted: ‘It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise…

‘The radar is actually picking up a swarm of #flyingants across the southeast. During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days #flyingantday’. 

Ants swarm together to raise the odds of pairs successfully mating and to deter predators at this vulnerable stage in the life cycle of their colonies.

Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today. The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex on their so-called 'nuptial flight', during which they mate - an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation

Video posted by the Met Office shows a cloud of ants swarming off the south-east coast today as temperatures rocket and sun-seekers flock to the seaside today. The plague of insects peppered the skies over Kent and Sussex on their so-called ‘nuptial flight’, during which they mate – an event triggered by the mini-heatwave which has hit the nation

Sun-seekers flocking to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sun-seekers flocking to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Pictured: Jola and her daughter Isla (one) and Rowan (three) enjoying the warm weather as they paddle in the Lymington River at Bawler Lawn in the New Forest, Hampshire today

Pictured: Jola and her daughter Isla (one) and Rowan (three) enjoying the warm weather as they paddle in the Lymington River at Bawler Lawn in the New Forest, Hampshire today

Security guards are seen patrolling the busy beachfront on Bournemouth on Friday as temperatures soar across the UK

Security guards are seen patrolling the busy beachfront on Bournemouth on Friday as temperatures soar across the UK

Britons are set to bask in 84F heat while temperatures soar and are set to make a perfect weekend before the rain is due to sweep in next week. Pictured: A woman enjoys the sun on Clapham Common

Britons are set to bask in 84F heat while temperatures soar and are set to make a perfect weekend before the rain is due to sweep in next week. Pictured: A woman enjoys the sun on Clapham Common 

A gigantic swarm of flying ants 50 miles which can be seen from space has shown up on the Met Office's weather radar today as Britons bask in 84F sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year. Those looking to have a Friday-night barbecue in the south of England and Wales will be in luck as it is set to see the hottest temperatures

A gigantic swarm of flying ants 50 miles which can be seen from space has shown up on the Met Office’s weather radar today as Britons bask in 84F sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year. Those looking to have a Friday-night barbecue in the south of England and Wales will be in luck as it is set to see the hottest temperatures

Why flying ants swarm

Ants swarm in order to mate – travelling on a journey known as a ‘dispersal’ or a ‘nuptial flight’.

After being born from a queen ant and fed up by worker ants, sexually mature ants leave the nest to procreate. 

Swarming, a group activity, increases the odds of mating and gives strength in numbers, deterring predators.

This behaviour is triggered by certain weather conditions – such as bright sunlight, high humidities, warm temperatures and calm winds.

These conditions tend to happen around late Spring and early Summer, and can cause multiple colonies to swarm in a single area.

Swarming at the same time increases the likelihood of finding a mate.

Flying ants will gather together in clumps to mate on high structures – a phenomenon experts dub ‘hilltopping’.

After mating, around half the male ants die – having served their purpose.

Meanwhile, the fertilised queen ants will fly around trying to find a good site to start a new colony.

Different ant species prefer different environments for their nests – with some liking decaying wood and others cracks in pavements.

When a nesting site is found, the queen breaks off her wings, never to fly again.

Her wings muscles are converted into fuel to keep her going as she begins laying her eggs. 

The Royal Society of Biology is studying why this phenomenon occurs and are investigating what weather conditions encourage ants to fly.

‘After four years of our flying ant survey, we have found that flying ant day isn’t as predictable as we had at first thought,’ the group said.

It comes as delighted sunbathers were seen flocking to Lyme Regis beach in Dorset while early-morning exercise enthusiasts took to Clapham Common to make the most of the high temperatures before they drop next week. 

Met Office charts show temperatures of 72F in the south by Tuesday – though its long-range forecast shows any warmer weather will be ‘short-lived’ until at least mid August. 

Flocks of children were seen taking to Lymington Sea Water Baths in Hampshire on Friday as it reopened for the first time during coronavirus lockdown. 

The lido is the oldest and largest in the UK. Swimmers have to book a time slot online and numbers have been restricted to around 100 swimmers a day, 10 per cent of its usual capacity.

A band of rain will move from Scotland and Northern Ireland into the north of England later today but sunnier skies are set to follow. 

Those looking to have a Friday-night barbecue in the south of England and Wales will be in luck as it is set to see the hottest temperatures. 

Met Office Nicola Maxey that those in the southeast have a ‘hot day to come’ on Friday, with highs of 84F.

Ms Maxey said despite the highs today in the south, Scotland will be a mixture of ‘sunny spells and showers’, with temperatures set at about 18C.

‘There will be showers throughout the weekend, most likely in Scotland and northern England.’ 

She said that while Friday is likely to see the hottest temperatures of the weekend, but Saturday will still be very warm at 82F. 

Things will start to cool off on Sunday as a cold front pushes in from the north and sees temperatures drop to about 70F. 

Rain may return tonight in central parts of the UK but it will be clearer in the north. The south of England is likely to stay dry and warm into tomorrow. 

Wales, northern and central England will see more rain tomorrow while sunny skies are set to stay in the south.  

Those in Scotland and Northern Ireland should expect showers with some sunny spells.  

More rain will be spotted on Sunday all over the country but is likely to dry off and reveal some sunny skies afterwards.  

Farmers have been making the most of the fine weather to harvest their bumper crop of lavender as the UK looks forward to a warm weekend. 

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

Two women read their books in the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, ahead of the predicted warm weather across the south of England this weekend

Two women read their books in the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, ahead of the predicted warm weather across the south of England this weekend

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Bournemouth, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

Sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weather on the beach in Bournemouth, as parts of the UK enjoy glorious sunshine today

A speed boat passes the P&O crusie ship Arcadia which is anchored off the beach in Bournemouth today

A speed boat passes the P&O crusie ship Arcadia which is anchored off the beach in Bournemouth today

A woman on the seafront in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather ahead of a scorching hot weekend

A woman on the seafront in Margate, Kent today, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather ahead of a scorching

People enjoying the fine weather on Putney embankment on a hot humid day in London. A mini heatwave is forecast to last all weekend with sweltering temperatures reaching 84F in parts of the UK

People enjoying the fine weather on Putney embankment on a hot humid day in London. A mini heatwave is forecast to last all weekend with sweltering temperatures reaching 84F in parts of the UK 

woman enjoys the warm weather by the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

woman enjoys the warm weather by the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

A couple sunbathe at the beach in Dorset while the UK experiences extraordinarily high temperatures of up to 84F today

A couple sunbathe at the beach in Dorset while the UK experiences extraordinarily high temperatures of up to 84F today

A woman is seen using her mobile phones as she enjoys glorious summer sunshine on Clapham Common today

A woman is seen using her mobile phones as she enjoys glorious summer sunshine on Clapham Common today

Two women are seen using their mobile phones as they enjoy glorious summer sunshine on Clapham Common today

A man sunbathes on Clapham Common as he listens to music on his phone ahead of a weekend of scorching weather

A man sunbathes on Clapham Common as he listens to music on his phone ahead of a weekend of scorching weather

Two women chat and play with their phones as they sunbathe on Clapham Common today as temperatures hit 84F

Two women chat and play with their phones as they sunbathe on Clapham Common today as temperatures hit 84F

Three women chat and sunbathe on Clapham Common in south London today as temperatures soar to 84F

Three women chat and sunbathe on Clapham Common in south London today as temperatures soar to 84F

A cold front is slowly sinking in, meaning patchy rain at times, despite the highs, before a drop in temperatures into next week. Pictured: A woman doing yoga on Clapham Common

A cold front is slowly sinking in, meaning patchy rain at times, despite the highs, before a drop in temperatures into next week. Pictured: A woman doing yoga on Clapham Common 

Members of the public enjoy the sunshine on pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park as temperatures soar to 84F

Members of the public enjoy the sunshine on pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park as temperatures soar to 84F

Finn Collingwood, 14, jumps into Lymington Sea Water Baths on Friday as the UK is set to see temperatures soar to 84F

Finn Collingwood, 14, jumps into Lymington Sea Water Baths on Friday as the UK is set to see temperatures soar to 84F 

And farmers have been making the most of the fine weather to harvest their bumper crop of lavender as the UK looks forward to a warm weekend. Pictured is a lavender field in Norfolk

And farmers have been making the most of the fine weather to harvest their bumper crop of lavender as the UK looks forward to a warm weekend. Pictured is a lavender field in Norfolk 

Lymington Sea Water Baths is the oldest and largest lido in the UK, and have reopened to the general public today. Pictured are brothers James, 16, and Myles, 12

Lymington Sea Water Baths is the oldest and largest lido in the UK, and have reopened to the general public today. Pictured are brothers James, 16, and Myles, 12

People visit the beach in Bournemouth as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

People visit the beach in Bournemouth as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Margate, Kent, as parts of the UK enjoy warm weather today

A woman is spotted rowing along the River Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in the sunlight on Friday morning

A woman is spotted rowing along the River Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in the sunlight on Friday morning 

A man is spotted taking a jog without any shoes on while basking in the sunlight on Clapham Common

A man is spotted taking a jog without any shoes on while basking in the sunlight on Clapham Common

Piera Annalise, 28, enjoys a day on the beach as she takes selfies along the Bournemouth coastline

Piera Annalise, 28, enjoys a day on the beach as she takes selfies along the Bournemouth coastline

Claire Piddington and her son Isaac, three, were spotted making sand castles on Bournemouth beach on Friday morning

Claire Piddington and her son Isaac, three, were spotted making sand castles on Bournemouth beach on Friday morning 

Pictured are two women making the most of the glorious weather and taking to Clapham Common for a bit of exercise

Pictured are two women making the most of the glorious weather and taking to Clapham Common for a bit of exercise

***Have you seen any flying ants? *** 

Send us your pictures – [email protected] 

Growers at Norfolk Lavender near Hunstanton were out in their 100 acres of lavender fields as England looks set to see highs of 84F today.

Norfolk Lavender was founded in 1932 when three men and a boy planted 13,000 lavender plants on six acres of land in 18 days for a total of £15.

The purple lavender has been harvested every year since and the oil is distilled to make perfumes and cosmetics.

Norfolk Lavender now houses the national collection of more than 100 varieties. 

Lavender was first introduced to Britain by the Romans and during medieval times it was grown in the monasteries for culinary and medicinal use.

During Tudor times its popularity increased and England was covered in acres of lavender fields.

The Victorians used the plant as perfume scent and for flavouring honeys, jams and custard.

Cosmetic companies such as Yardley later fuelled the growing trend by producing hundreds of gallons of lavender oil. 

A woman is seen on a jog in the bright sunlight on Friday morning on Clapham Common

A woman is seen on a jog in the bright sunlight on Friday morning on Clapham Common 

By World War One lavender had become the most common antiseptic and it was also used to disinfect hospital walls, but it slowly went out of fashion with scientific advancements.

Soon cheaper lavender was being imported from Provence and Britain’s fertile lavender fields were gradually flattened to make way for new buildings.

Over the last decade lavender has seen a revival in England with more people using its essential oil to treat a wide range of conditions from migraines and skin complaints to stress, depression, tension and exhaustion.  

 ***Have you seen any flying ants? Send us your pictures – [email protected]***

Growers at Norfolk Lavender (pictured) near Hunstanton were out in their 100 acres of lavender fields as England looks set to see highs of 84F today

Growers at Norfolk Lavender (pictured) near Hunstanton were out in their 100 acres of lavender fields as England looks set to see highs of 84F today