Great British BBQ weekend! Millions of Britons will soak up the sun as 88F heat sweeps the nation after dry spell sparks UK’s first hose pipe ban in six years

  • Highs of 88F are set to hit the UK as sunshine spreads from the east to the west to clear up a cloudy start 
  • The first hosepipe ban of the year has been enforced in Northern Ireland as the heatwave continues  
  • London is set for highs of 77F and  the Met Office has warned of ‘very high’ UV and pollen levels across UK
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Scorching temperatures are set to continue this weekend as millions of Brits head out to enjoy the sun at the country’s parks and beaches.

The first hosepipe ban of the year has hit the UK, with water companies asked customers in Northern Ireland not to use hosepipes or water sprinklers as the heatwave continues.

Clouds in Belfast this morning will soon swept away by sunshine with temperatures this morning at 63F (17C) and set to climb. 

A woman out for a morning jog yesterday along the river Itchen near Winchester, Hampshire, as the summer heat wave continues to bring sunshine and high temperatures to much of the UK and utility companies warn of potential water shortages

Highs of 88F will today create the perfect day for sunbathing but the Met Office has issued warnings that UV as well as pollen levels are very high across the country 

People enjoy the hot weather in Henley on Thames Oxfordshire as the heatwave continues to create perfect conditions for barbecues amid the first hosepipe ban in six years 

The hosepipe ban began at 6pm last night and Severn Trent Water has asked people to be ‘careful with their water’.

Before that the most recent ban was imposed across southern and eastern England back in 2012 due to widespread droughts. 

Highs of 88F (31C) are expected across Britain today, compared with the average temperature for the time of year of 63 F (17C) in the north and 70 F (21C) in the south.

People enjoy the hot weather in Henley on Thames Oxfordshire as the heat wave continues to bring scorching temperatures to the UK 

London will experience highs of 77F (25C) today with the sunshine from the eastern parts of the country clearing a cloudy start in the west. 

Despite the continuing heatwave, there is a small risk that thundery showers will hit the north-west later today, with the same predicted for north-west Scotland and south-west England tonight.   

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The Met Office has warned hay fever sufferers of very high pollen levels in the west of Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the entire of England and Wales experiencing high levels.

Very high UV levels will hit sunbathers all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with only the most northerly portion of Scotland escaping the top level with a ‘high’ rating.  

The heatwave continues in Manchester city centre as people sit in the sunshine today and enjoy the weather

A gritter is sent out in Cumbria to protect the road surface as some streets have become so hot they are melting

Revellers enjoy the music at Trnsmt festival, with acts including Blossoms, Arctic Monkeys and Interpol

Senior forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘There’s a lot of fine weather still to come,’ he said. ‘There will be low cloud to start the day, especially across central and eastern areas of England and Scotland and possibly in Wales. But that will soon burn away through the morning.’

The recent hot spell has put a strain on utility companies, which have been pumping millions of litres into their systems.

Tombstoners jump from high cliffs to cool off during the heatwave at a former quarry in Mugdock country park near Glasgow in Scotland

A woman sits on another’s shoulders as fans listen to performances from the main stage at Trnsmt festival in Glasgow

Northern Ireland’s Water chief executive Sara Venning said: ‘We have maximised our water production and need customers’ help to reduce demand.

‘We are asking customers to take heed of the hosepipe ban and stop non-essential water use – using hoses and sprinklers is causing demand to exceed the capacity to supply.’

Severn Trent said: ‘We’re set for another hot weekend, and, with demand for water really high, we’re producing millions of extra litres.

‘We’re asking customers to be careful with their water and for now avoid using the garden sprinkler or hosepipe.’

Meanwhile, gritters – a sight more usually associated with winter – have been deployed in some areas, spreading crushed rock dust on to melting roads to create a non-stick layer between the surface and vehicles.

Things are set to cool heading into next week, with Monday through Wednesday bringing showers to south-west England with patchy rain  hitting Scotland. 


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