UK weather: Hottest August bank holiday on record as temperature hits 31.6C

Temperatures have hit 31.6C (88.9F) in the UK, breaking the August bank holiday record.

The high was recorded at Heathrow, the Met Office said.

The previous record was set in 2001, also at Heathrow, and was 31.5C.

And forecasters say it is set to get even hotter by Monday, possibly reaching up to 33C (91.4F) – most likely in the South East.

The warm weather is the result of warm air being dragged up over the UK from France.

It comes at the end of what has been an often wet and cold August, with intense rainfall causing havoc with parts of the country’s infrastructure such as the dam in Whaley Bridge.

On Saturday, the Met Office warned people to stay out of the sun as they predicted potentially record-breaking bank holiday temperatures.

A sunny bank holiday weekend sees Britons flocking outdoors to make the most of the last of the summer, including at big events such as Notting Hill Carnival as well as Reading and Leeds festival.

Public Heath England advice for coping with a heatwave includes:

  • Stay out of the sun
  • Keep your home as cool as possible – shading and shutting windows during the day
  • Only open windows when it is cooler at night
  • Keep drinking fluids
  • Make sure older friends and family members, and those who might be at risk, know what to do

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