Families have headed to beaches in droves this week to make the most of the clear blue waters – and the sizzling weather is set to continue for the weekend.

Saturday alone could see highs of 29C across the UK and the sizzling conditions show no signs of budging.

Met Office senior meteorologist Marco Petagna said: "It will certainly be hotter than average weather over the next week or so.

"But it could be a bit unsettled in the south west of the country, with occasional showers."

Britons have enjoyed a blissful week of sun, with this week's highs the the first time in five years that temperatures have hit 30C in all four nations of the UK.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "We are going to see a continuation of the current warm spell but the temperatures over the next few days are not likely to be the warmest of the year so far.

"We will begin to have a slightly fresher feel, bringing the temperatures down, not by much, by one or two degrees."

But while Brits lap up the sun, the heat has caused chaos.

Some roads have begun to melt in the heatwave – sparking warnings for motorists to take care on the roads.

Gritters have even been deployed in some areas, spreading crushed rock dust onto melting roads to create a non-stick layer between the surface and vehicles.

It's not only roads impacted by the summer heat.


GRITTERS were back out on Britain’s roads yesterday — to stop them  melting as temperatures hit 32.5C.

The winter salt-spreaders were called into action as the heatwave softened surface bitumen in areas including  Exmoor and Woodbury Salterton, Devon.

Trains were stopped from running over steel tracks near Carlisle as they buckled in the heat on Thursday.

Train tracks have reached temperatures 49C, expanding and bending the metal.

Trains had to be stopped from running over a section of track near Carlisle station on Thursday.

Speed restrictions have been in place all week on the route from London Waterloo to New Malden due to the scorching temperatures, causing delays to services.

With no rain on the horizon, the South East is set for its driest June since records began.

The last time the area received so little rain was in 1925, recording just 3.4mm.


COUNCIL killjoys and cops  pulled down a community paddling pool that was keeping kids cool in the heat.

Residents on a housing estate in Highbridge, Somerset, had put up the temporary pool in a play park.

But yesterday health and safety officials, flanked by cops, swooped and drained it.

Local Sam Ridley-Brown said: “It was not doing any harm and the kids  loved it.”

Other measures have been put into place, with the first hosepipe ban likely to come into place in Northern Ireland this weekend.

Northern Ireland Water said demand is outstripping supply, leaving them with no option but to bring in the ban in order to save water.

United Utilities has also warned there will be a hosepipe ban in North West England from Monday unless the public reduces their usage over the weekend.

Households have been asked to cut their use down by 5 to 10 per cent.

The hot weather has also sparked fire across parts of Saddleworth Moor this week.

A new moorland blaze – on Winter Hill, near Rivington, Lancashire – broke out on Thursday with huge plumes of smoke visible from the area surrounding the moorland.

Firefighters are also still fighting a 500-metre long gorse fire on the Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry, more than 48 hours after it first broke out.

The Met Office's heat-health watch alert has remained at level two all week, meaning social and healthcare services are at the ready to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Public Health England issued a warning saying the extreme heat may pose a risk to the most vulnerable.

The pollen count is also expected to soar this weekend.

More than half of the UK is expected to be hit with "very high" levels of grass pollen.

The rising temperatures have also come with warnings to be careful near water and in the countryside, where fire crews have been tackling wildfires.

The heat has already claimed casualties.

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Evans tragically drowned while swimming at Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent, with it taking divers two days to find the youngster's body.

A 17-year-old boy was found dead in the River Aire in Leeds in the early hours of Wednesday morning following a search and rescue operation.

The body of a man was also recovered from a lake in Nutfield, Surrey, on Monday.

The RSPCA called on pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals in the heat after receiving 625 calls about animals in hot environments between June 11 and 24 – the majority about dogs in hot cars.

The hot spell is good news for gardeners, with horticultural experts saying it could help produce excellent vegetables, fruit and flowers.

The Royal Horticultural Society have suggested people use waste water from the kitchen to keep plants nourished and to reduce demand for water.

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