The hottest place was Myerscough, Lancs. His 78.6F (25.9C) broke the Bank Holiday Monday record of 77.1F in Kinlochewe, north-west Scotland. Bookies have reduced the odds of breaking “Flaming June” records. Forecasters say that although parts of southern England today may rise to 84F (29C) – warmer than much of the continent – strong thunderstorms are also possible, before conditions hit. stay sweet this week. Millions of families continued to prepare for their mid-term break yesterday, although the resorts weren’t as crowded as they were on Monday after many reluctantly returned to work. The Sunseekers on Bournemouth Beach made the most of the heatwave, splashing the sea and joining long queues at ice cream vendors and for fish and chips, as visitors came from as far away as Birmingham and Manchester.
Cara Candy gave her 10 month old daughter a day at the sea saying: “This is her first time at the beach and I’m so happy that the weather is so nice.
Dog walker Michael Baxter said: “The weather is so good that it almost seemed a crime not to take advantage of it.”
While Mark Blennerhassett from Weymouth added: “People have come to the beach because they have been locked up for so long and the weather is good. My plan for the day is to just relax.
Martin Collinge, from Birmingham, was visiting with his wife and in-laws.
He said: “We have come down for the sun and the sea. We have enjoyed our trip so far and the weather is helping us.
Local council chief Drew Mellor said the sunny weather was a huge boost for the tourism dependent area, which suffered during the closures.
He said: “It was an extremely successful holiday, all of our hotels were full, people had a fabulous time. It’s the start of what we hope will be our busiest summer ever.
“Our hotel industry needs the support of UK restaurateurs and there is no better place to base themselves than Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.” The Met Office says temperatures are expected to peak today, with a few thunderstorms arriving this morning although there is still sunshine for the rest of the week.
A spokesperson said: “There are heavy thunderstorms at various times of the week … one crossing through southern England and Wales as we cross on Wednesday morning.
“Due to the time of year, a lot of people went to these areas; there is a likelihood of an increased impact due to the higher number of people.
BBC meteorologist Louise Lear said: “Things will go down for decades after the rain clears.”
The heat wave caused people to watch their elderly friends and neighbors.
Caroline Abrahams, Director of Charity at Age UK, said: “Older people are more vulnerable in terms of their health to extreme temperatures than younger age groups.
“Too much sun or excessive heat can create new health problems for them or make existing ones worse, especially if they have breathing problems or heart disease.”
She added, “Please keep this in mind for yourself and for others around you.” Bookies have reduced the odds of this month being a record 7/4.
Alex Apati, from Ladbrokes, said: “It looks like Britain’s weather has finally improved, with a record hot June that could be on the way.” May was the fourth wettest on record for the UK and the wettest on record for Wales.