The heatwave coming on the back of a wet, cold winter has meant farms are turning out fewer and smaller vegetables – with spuds, onions and carrots hit hard.

Tim Elcombe, chairman of British Onions, said: “We are entering unprecedented territory.

"We need rain but the ground is now so hard, the danger is a heavy deluge will just run off the top and hailstones could further damage the crop.”

Farming schedules have been thrown into chaos by drought and intense heat.

And smaller veg in shops after autumn harvests will likely be accompanied by imported produce at higher prices.

Jack Ward, chief executive of the British Growers Association, said: “It seems as though most of this year has been either too cold or too hot, or too wet or too dry.

“In the long term, volumes will be down and costs will be up. It’s the law of economics. When supply is short, prices will rise.”

Roger Hobson, of the British Carrot Growers Association, added the “damage is done” if the drought breaks or not.

Meanwhile washout scenes at Camp Bestival yesterday summed up many of our weekends as the heatwave ended with a deluge and thunderstorms.

But as we all towel-off, the good news is we should be sizzling again this weekend as another hot spell is forecast.

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After sun and showers across much of the nation today and tomorrow, things will start to heat up again on Wednesday.

The Met Office’s Helen Roberts said: “After Tuesday you will start to see pressure build from the south. Temperatures in the south-east will be back in the high 20s and climb across the country.

“Temperatures will generally be above average for the time of the year across the board but there will be a few showers in the north-west. There will be lots of fine weather at the weekend.”

Camp Bestival, near Lulworth in Dorset, was forced to cancel its final day yesterday after it was hit by severe rain and 50mph winds.

Organisers said they were “devastated” after tents were flooded and stages closed due to health and safety fears.

  • More than 1,000 suitcases were lying abandoned in baggage claim at Stansted Airport yesterday after a weekend of travel chaos caused by the storms.

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