Sunseekers flock to beaches and parks with temperatures set to hit 28C today in long heatwave

Sunseekers flock to beaches and parks with temperatures set to hit 28C today in long heatwave 2
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Sunseekers are flocking to the UK’s beaches and parks with temperatures set to hit 28C (82.4F) this afternoon ahead of one of the longest heatwaves Britain has seen in years. 

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The mercury is expected to hit 28C (82.4F) in the south east this afternoon, with Britons expected to spend their weekends sat on the beaches and green spaces across England and Wales to make the most of the start of a hot spell for the UK.

Temperatures like this are surpassing holiday hotspots including Mykonos, with 23C (73.4F), and Split, with 24C (75F).

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But Saturday’s hot and sunny weather is only the start – with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F).

With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light.

Across the country on Saturday, people have been revelling in the sunshine across the UK’s coasts and parks, as well as festival goers who have headed to TRNSMT Festival on Glasgow Green in Scotland, which started yesterday and ends on Sunday.

Visitors enjoy the hot weather at the beach on Saturday on Weymouth Beach, Dorset, which also has a fun fair on nearby

Visitors enjoy the hot weather at the beach on Saturday on Weymouth Beach, Dorset, which also has a fun fair on nearby

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Temperatures are expected to hit 30C (86F) on Sunday. Pictured, sunseeker on Bournemouth Beach this morning

Sunseekers pictured taking a dip into the water on Bournemouth Beach this morning

This weekend will likely see plenty of sunseekers like those pictured on Bournemouth Beach this morning, with temperatures expected to hit 30C (86F) on Sunday

A lifeguard patrols at Weymouth Beach in Dorset on Saturday, where temperatures are expected to reach highs of 28C (82.4F)

A lifeguard patrols at Weymouth Beach in Dorset on Saturday, where temperatures are expected to reach highs of 28C (82.4F)

People traipsed along to Bournemouth Beach (pictured) this morning with families and friends putting down their towels on the sand to enjoy the sunshine on Saturday afternoon

People traipsed along to Bournemouth Beach (pictured) this morning with families and friends putting down their towels on the sand to enjoy the sunshine on Saturday afternoon

Bournemouth Beach saw plenty of arrivals this morning to get ahead of an afternoon rush when temperatures reach 28C (82.4F) later on today

Bournemouth Beach saw plenty of arrivals this morning to get ahead of an afternoon rush when temperatures reach 28C (82.4F) later on today

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The midday sunshine approaches on Bournemouth Beach where sunseekers are enjoying relaxing under the blue skies this morning

The midday sunshine approaches on Bournemouth Beach where sunseekers are enjoying relaxing under the blue skies this morning

Today's sunshine and warm temperatures are the perfect opportunity for beach and outdoor sports like volleyball (pictured on Bournemouth Beach this morning)

Today’s sunshine and warm temperatures are the perfect opportunity for beach and outdoor sports like volleyball (pictured on Bournemouth Beach this morning)

Sunseekers flock to beaches and parks with temperatures set to hit 28C today in long heatwave 3

Bournemouth Beach is pictured this morning, having already packed out with towels, tents and umbrellas to protect people from the scorching hot sun today, which could see temperatures as high as 28C (82.4F) later on

Bournemouth Beach is pictured this morning, having already packed out with towels, tents and umbrellas to protect people from the scorching hot sun today, which could see temperatures as high as 28C (82.4F) later on

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‘Make sure your children drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Remember drinking little and often is best,’ they wrote in a thread on Twitter.

‘Don’t allow your children to stay in the sun for long periods – and never leave them in a car on a hot day. Resting in the shade and finding cool places is important. When they are in the sun, children should wear light clothing that covers as much of their skin as possible.

‘Even if they’re covered up, make sure they’re covered in a high factor sun cream.’

They also identified the first signs of a child who is overheating, becoming grumpy or complain of a headache, adding that if this happens, they should be brought into a shaded place which is as cool as possible: ‘Remove any clothing you can, give them water to drink and get them to rest.’

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The UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 heat-health alert yesterday, warning ahead of the heatwave, up from the Level 2 alert which had been in place. The new warning runs from 9am next Monday until 9am next Friday.

Revellers arrive for day two of the TRNSMT Festival at Glasgow Green in Glasgow, Scotland, for the second day for the second day of the pop festival

Revellers arrive for day two of the TRNSMT Festival at Glasgow Green in Glasgow, Scotland, for the second day for the second day of the pop festival

People brought flags and dressed the part for TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow on Saturday, all while enjoying the summer heat

People brought flags and dressed the part for TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow on Saturday, all while enjoying the summer heat

Festival goers pictured at TRNSMT in Glasgow on Saturday

Festival goers pictured at TRNSMT in Glasgow on Saturday

After this weekend, Monday could see temperatures go as high as 32C (89.6F) in parts of the south and south east of England, 33C (91.4F) on Tuesday, and 31C (87.8F) on Wednesday. Pictured, festival goers at TRNSMT in Glasgow on Saturday

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Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 28C (82.4F) on Saturday

Sunday could even see as high as 30C in parts of the south

The Met Office tweeted of this weekend’s weather: ‘It’s going to be a very warm weekend for many. The sun is strong so remember the sun cream.’

Forecasts show that the UV level will be high to very high for many across the UK. On this sunny Saturday afternoon, those in Exeter, Cambourne, Newtown, Peterborough, Dover, Birmingham and London have a level 8, very high level, the highest UV index in the UK

Forecasts show that the UV level will be high to very high for many across the UK. On this sunny Saturday afternoon, those in Exeter, Cambourne, Newtown, Peterborough, Dover, Birmingham and London have a level 8, very high level, the highest UV index in the UK

People have flocked to Britain's beaches, like this sunseeker, pictured enjoying the sunshine at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

People have flocked to Britain’s beaches, like this sunseeker, pictured enjoying the sunshine at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Beachgoers take to the water on paddleboards at Gyllyngvase Beach, as Britain experiences the start of a heatwave today

Beachgoers take to the water on paddleboards at Gyllyngvase Beach, as Britain experiences the start of a heatwave today

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The Level 3 alert covers the East of England, South East and London regions – and warns Britons to ‘look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions’.

Forecasts show that the UV level will be high to very high for many across the UK. On this sunny Saturday afternoon, those in Exeter, Cambourne, Newtown, Peterborough, Dover, Birmingham and London have a level 8, very high level, the highest UV index in the UK.

Manchester, Dumfries, Caernarfon, Newcastle Upon Tyne, York and Edinburgh are amongst UK cities with a high level 8 UV rating for Saturday.

A paddle-boarding competitor takes part in the GBSUP event in the sea off Gyllyngvase Beach on Saturday in Falmouth

A paddle-boarding competitor takes part in the GBSUP event in the sea off Gyllyngvase Beach on Saturday in Falmouth

A paddle-boarding competitor takes part in the GBSUP event in the sea off Gyllyngvase Beach on Saturday in Falmouth

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Paddle-boarding competitors take part in the GBSUP event in the sea off Gyllyngvase Beach, in Falmouth, where the sun is shining with expected highs of 28C (82.4F) this afternoon

Paddle-boarding competitors take part in the GBSUP event in the sea off Gyllyngvase Beach, in Falmouth, where the sun is shining with expected highs of 28C (82.4F) this afternoon

Beachgoers gather at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth from early this morning where temperatures are hitting the high 20's

Beachgoers gather at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth from early this morning where temperatures are hitting the high 20’s

Four year old Buddy cools down in the sea. Visitors to the Essex seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze make the most of the warm sunny weather as a heatwave is forecast for the UK

Four year old Buddy cools down in the sea. Visitors to the Essex seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze make the most of the warm sunny weather as a heatwave is forecast for the UK

Sunseekers enjoy the 28C (82.4F) heat in the Essex seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze, making the most of the sunshine

Sunseekers enjoy the 28C (82.4F) heat in the Essex seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze, making the most of the sunshine

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People enjoy the sunshine at Walton-on-the-Naze beach near Colchester in Essex, with temperatures expected to only get higher into the start of next week

People enjoy the sunshine at Walton-on-the-Naze beach near Colchester in Essex, with temperatures expected to only get higher into the start of next week

People in London's Hyde Park using peddle boats to enjoy the sunshine on this warm Saturday for many across the UK

People in London’s Hyde Park using peddle boats to enjoy the sunshine on this warm Saturday for many across the UK

Many people flocked to London's Hyde Park this afternoon to go bike riding, roller skating or sunbathe

Woman pictured enjoying the sunshine in Hyde Park, London, this afternoon

Many people flocked to London’s Hyde Park this afternoon to go bike riding, roller skating, sunbathe or just enjoy the warmer temperatures – which are set to stay for a bit longer

These two ladies didn't bother heading down to the sandy Walton-on-the-Naze Beach, instead sunbathing with deck chairs

These two ladies didn’t bother heading down to the sandy Walton-on-the-Naze Beach, instead sunbathing with deck chairs

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Walton-on-the-Naze Beach at the Essex seaside and the nearby colourful beach huts are a hotspot for today's hot weather

Walton-on-the-Naze Beach at the Essex seaside and the nearby colourful beach huts are a hotspot for today’s hot weather

The Met Office tweeted of this weekend’s weather: ‘It’s going to be a very warm weekend for many. The sun is strong so remember the sun cream.’

Animal charity RSPCA have given advice to dog owners in light of the heatwave: ‘Dogs lose heat through panting, can only sweat through their paws, and are at high risk of getting heatstroke.’

They say the best tips for keeping dogs cool in the heat is to provide it with shade and water, go for walks in the early morning or late evening, use pet-safe sunscreen on its ear tips and nose and to never leave a pet in a vehicle, caravan, conservatory or outbuildings in warm weather.

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Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine at Bournemouth Beach this morning as temperatures in the south of England reach highs of 28C (82.4F) today

Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine at Bournemouth Beach this morning as temperatures in the south of England reach highs of 28C (82.4F) today

A man relaxes under blue skies at Bournemouth Beach. Temperatures like today's 28C (82.4F) are surpassing holiday hotspots including Mykonos, with 23C (73.4F), and Split, with 24C (75F)

A man relaxes under blue skies at Bournemouth Beach. Temperatures like today’s 28C (82.4F) are surpassing holiday hotspots including Mykonos, with 23C (73.4F), and Split, with 24C (75F)

A man paddleboards with his dog on the waters at Bournemouth Beach as he enjoys the warm sunshine hitting Britain today

A man paddleboards with his dog on the waters at Bournemouth Beach as he enjoys the warm sunshine hitting Britain today

Saturday's hot and sunny weather is only the start - with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F). A woman is pictured on Bournemouth beach getting ready for a day in the sun

Saturday’s hot and sunny weather is only the start – with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F). A woman is pictured on Bournemouth beach getting ready for a day in the sun

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With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light. People enjoy a walk in the early morning sunshine before 28C (82.4F) hitting the south of England later today

With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light. People enjoy a walk in the early morning sunshine before 28C (82.4F) hitting the south of England later today

People running by the sea at Bournemouth Beach early this morning

People running by the sea at Bournemouth Beach early this morning

With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light. Pictured, people running by the sea at Bournemouth Beach early this morning

The UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 heat-health alert yesterday, warning ahead of the heatwave, up from the Level 2 alert which had been in place. The new warning runs from 9am next Monday until 9am next Friday. Pictured, women on a run by Bournemouth Beach this morning

The UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 heat-health alert yesterday, warning ahead of the heatwave, up from the Level 2 alert which had been in place. The new warning runs from 9am next Monday until 9am next Friday. Pictured, women on a run by Bournemouth Beach this morning

It also urges people to ‘close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors’, and ‘drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot’. Level 3 is defined as ‘heatwave action’; Level 2 is ‘alert and readiness’. 

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Red Cross climate manager Maarten van Aalst said that sports days at schools on the final week of term may have to be rearranged, adding that parents should try to keep children ‘in a cool spot’ like a forest or pool, he told the Telegraph.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told MailOnline that the usual advice for heatwaves apply, with the sun being its strongest between 11am and 3pm, avoid the sunshine – both children and adults. He added that it’s best to drink lots of water and to stay inside instead of outside during the peak heat of the day.

People have been preparing for the heat and high UV levels later on today by piling on the suncream at Bournemouth Beach

People have been preparing for the heat and high UV levels later on today by piling on the suncream at Bournemouth Beach

One woman on Bournemouth Beach brought her laptop with her to enjoy the sunshine while working 'remotely' from 'home'

One woman on Bournemouth Beach brought her laptop with her to enjoy the sunshine while working ‘remotely’ from ‘home’

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The blue skies at Bournemouth Beach led people to take to the water for some rest bite, with the temperatures expected to reach a high of 28C later on today

The blue skies at Bournemouth Beach led people to take to the water for some rest bite, with the temperatures expected to reach a high of 28C later on today 

People enjoy warm, sunny weather in London's Hyde Park this morning, with some taking to Boris Bikes, as the country experience a heatwave that is set to last for over a week

People enjoy warm, sunny weather in London’s Hyde Park this morning, with some taking to Boris Bikes, as the country experience a heatwave that is set to last for over a week

People in enjoy various sports as they traipse through London's Hyde Park on wheeled boards while holding sticks in the morning sunshine

People in enjoy various sports as they traipse through London’s Hyde Park on wheeled boards while holding sticks in the morning sunshine

People taking the opportunity to go for a run in the morning sunshine before the hot 28C (82.4F) temperatures hitting the south later today

People taking the opportunity to go for a run in the morning sunshine before the hot 28C (82.4F) temperatures hitting the south later today

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A man takes the steps into the Serpentine Lido in London's Hyde Park this morning ahead of Britain's scorching 28C (82.4F) high forecaster later on today

A man takes the steps into the Serpentine Lido in London’s Hyde Park this morning ahead of Britain’s scorching 28C (82.4F) high forecaster later on today

Temperatures are expected to hit 30C (86F) tomorrow, then we are expected to reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F)

Temperatures are expected to hit 30C (86F) tomorrow, then we are expected to reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F)

Saturday's hot and sunny weather with highs of 28C (82.4F) is only the start - with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F). Pictured, people walking out early before temperatures rise in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

Saturday’s hot and sunny weather with highs of 28C (82.4F) is only the start – with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F). Pictured, people walking out early before temperatures rise in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

People out walking early this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire. Parents have been told to keep their children indoors ahead of the longest heatwave in years, with temperatures set to soar to 33C from this weekend

People out walking early this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire. Parents have been told to keep their children indoors ahead of the longest heatwave in years, with temperatures set to soar to 33C from this weekend

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The high pressure dominating much of the UK will see plenty of sunshine at many parts of the weekend, with bits of cloud in Northern Ireland and Scotland, he added.

‘It looks like that pressure holds on early next week,’ he said. ‘It may start to come down Tuesday and Wednesday, where temperatures will lower and there will be a rest bite later in the week.

‘Very similar to today’s 28C (82.4F), tomorrow will see lots of sunshine across the UK with temperatures up to around 30C (86F) as a maximum.’

After this weekend, Monday could see temperatures go as high as 32C (89.6F) in parts of the south and south east of England, 33C (91.4F) on Tuesday, and 31C (87.8F) on Wednesday. 

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