Hotter than Love Island
UK temperatures to couple up with, and beat, those at TV villa
BRITAIN is set to put Love Island in the shade this week as the country basks in a 33C heatwave.
Temperatures in some parts of the country will pip the 32C being enjoyed in the Spanish hideaway where the ITV2 reality show is filmed.
This year is set to be the UK’s hottest on record – with six warmer-thannormal months in a row, followed by a sweltering second half of summer.
So there’s no need to be envious of the bronzed contestants looking for love in the villa in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the island of Majorca.
Yesterday, forecasters hailed a golden “Spanish summer” with more bursts of Balearic heat for Britain.
The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said: “It looks like a Spanish summer at times for Britain this year, with heat until September.”
The Met Office agreed, saying: “We are looking at a spell of settled weather. We expect temperature to rise to the low 30s at the start of the week. They may creep up to the mid-30s. On Wednesday and
Thursday, it will feel fresher, then beyond that it will pick up again.”
Experts urged people to take care after a heat-health alert was issued for the majority of the country.
Parents have also been advised to limit children’s exposure to the sun and make sure they use high-factor sun cream.
The UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office have put in place a level three alert for the East of
England, South East and
London with highs of 32C forecast.
A level two alert has been issued for the South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regions. Temperatures in
the North West and the North East are predicted to hit 27C on Monday and Tuesday.
Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will also be hot – in Aberdeenshire and Fife, temperatures could be close to 27C or 28C, with 25C expected across Northern Ireland.
The UKHSA advises people to drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol during the coming week.
Spokesman Dr Agostinho Sousa said: “It is important to keep yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest.
“If you have vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, make sure they are aware of how they can keep themselves protected from the warm weather.”
The hottest day of the year so far was on June 17 when a temperature of 32.7C was reached. One computer forecast has even said temperatures could reach 40C for the first time in the UK this month.
The highest-ever temperature in the UK was recorded on July 25, 2019, when Cambridge Botanic Garden hit 38.7C.