The UK has quite literally melted away this weekend and is set for another scorcher today, albeit lower temperatures, with highs of up to 82F expected, after having baked at 91F yesterday.
It seemed many parts of the country couldn’t quite handle the heat and part of a motorway in Derbyshire was seen to have melted in the middle, after a Saharan Bubble swept across the UK and Europe, pushing most of the population to the great outdoors to enjoy a stroll on the beach or even a walk in the park.
The A50 carriageway near Foston had to be closed, causing hours of delays for commuters and those heading out for the day.
It came as the ‘wrong type of heat’ was blamed for halting public transport across the country yesterday, with Network Rail imposing speed restrictions across its lines.
As high temperatures continued today, blood rain had also pelted cars in Scotland, staining them orange. This is while many social media users took to Twitter overnight to express their discomfort at the hot conditions, with many saying that the UK is just ‘not built’ for this sort of weather.
Today will see a drop in temperatures following the deaths of five people across the country, due to weather related issues.
A cooler UK will also be welcomed by many festival goers at Glastonbury today after 70 revellers were treated at the Somerset site after falling ill due to the hot weather.
A new record temperature for 2019 was set on Saturday, with the mercury reaching 34C (93.2F) at Heathrow and elsewhere in west London – just short of the 35.6C (96F) June record set in 1976.
Forecasters are predicting a ‘massive drop in temperature’ to finish the weekend – although conditions will remain warm.
‘It will be nowhere near as hot as yesterday; today (Sunday) we’re looking at 26 to 28 degrees in East Anglia, London and parts of Kent,’ said Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill.
Taking to Twitter, one person who seemed to have had enough of the weather said: ‘IT’S TOO HOT TO DO ANYTHING I’m sick of this heatwave I just want one night sleep in the chilly UK I beg.’
Over the last few days people have been tweeting their dismay at the warmer conditions, with tensions reaching an all time high last night as many said the UK just couldn’t cope.
Many also started to create memes of well-known characters such as Bugs Bunny putting a pillow over his head, as well as Spongebob Square Pants standing next to a sunshine.
Others poked fun at the fact that despite being in the UK, which is famed for its wet weather, they were unable to sleep despite it being in the early hours of the morning.
One social media user said: ‘Be prepared for 30+ degrees tomorrow (UK) might as well spend the whole day in the garden *too hot to sleep even at 3am’.
Another Twitter user said: When it gets hot in the UK, everything goes to pot. The tarmac in some places MELTS, fridges stop working in shops, trains stop working properly because the tracks are too hot…we aren’t equipped for it’.
Many in the Nairn area of Scotland may have also found it difficult to sleep last night as lightening was pictured striking the fishing town on Saturday night.
A stunning image was captured at the Lochloy district of Nairn by local man Graham Mackenzie.
There will relatively cooler weather across the country today but the Met Office has said there will still be ‘plenty of sunshine’ across most of the country.
Some cloudy weather will be seen at time, particularly across the west of the UK, but conditions will remain dry with maximum temperatures of 78.8F.
Those who failed to get a decent sleep last night will be pleased to know that the evening will once again be warm, with sunshine continuing until late.
It will be a mostly dry night with long clear spells with clouds possibly making an appearance later on in the evening.
This is while northern parts of the country will see some showers later on in the evening.
‘Some places will see showers with bursts of 10 to 15 millimetres in an hour, but it won’t be especially heavy,’ said Mr Burkill.
Minimum temperatures will be at around 53F, a welcome change to many people who struggled to nod off last night.
Monday will see the return of typical UK weather, there will be sunny spells to kick start the day, but on a whole it will generally be cooler and cloudier for most of the day.
Cloud will clear later on in the day and make way with some evening sunshine, while it will be breezy for those living along the Channel coast, maximum temperatures for Monday are set to reach around 73.4F.
The rest of the week will still be sunny but a nice breeze will be felt across most of the country as some light winds take hold.
People flocked to the seaside to make the most of the hot weather on Saturday, while Tesco said sales of barbecue food had soared.
The supermarket predicted it would sell more than one million packs of sausages, 650,000 packs of burgers and 50,000 disposable barbecues over the weekend.
However it would seem that it’s not just supermarkets that Brits are splashing the cash on when it comes to the warm weather, with many opting to splash the cash on keeping themselves safe in the sun.
Research from Sightsavers revealed that many are spending up to £145 on a pair of sunglasses, in order to keep their eyes shielded from the summer sun.
Over a quarter of British men (26 per cent) spend over £100 on a pair of sunglasses, compared to 14 per cent of women. And, over a half of men (54 per cent) own between two and three pairs – which comes in at over £300, compared to 50 per cent of women.
The research suggested that Brits aged between 25-34 years are the biggest spenders, forking out an average £145 per pair.
As temperatures continued to soar in the UK many have reached for their snazzy shades, but the research also suggested that under a third of Brits are actually unaware of the effects UV damage has on the eyes, asn 69 per cent are unaware that UV damage can cause cataracts.
During warm weather, wearing shades is the most effective way to protect eye health, however, 17 per cent of Brits thing sunglasses are a waste of money, with 15 per not seeing the point of them at all. But this could be due to the fact that 29 per cent actually don’t find wearing sunglasses comfortable.
The research comes as several European countries have reported record temperatures this week, including France which hit an all-time heat record of 44.3C (111F) on Friday.
As a new working week approaches, rain is predicted through central parts of England on Monday.
Despite the threat of rain on Tuesday and Thursday, dry conditions are forecast for the rest of the week with sunny spells and average temperatures ahead.
It will come as a relief to many work across the UK’s coast after it was revealed yesterday that a fifth person had died.
Police confirmed yesterday that a 63-year-old man from Newport has died after he was pulled from the water at Yaverland on the Isle of Wright.
A member of the public spotted the man’s body floating, pulled him out of the sea and gave him CPR on the beach.
Dozens of emergency crews including Coastguard Rescue Teams, Sandown & Shanklin Lifeboat, paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Police are all on scene at Culver Parade.
The man was rushed to St Mary’s hospital in Newport at 6.53pm on Friday. He was unable to be resuscitated and died.
On Thursday evening a 12-year-old Somalian refugee Shukri Yahya Abdi was found dead in the River Irwell – close to Bury town centre – after getting into trouble in the water.
The tragic girl, whose parents said cannot swim, had gone missing four hours earlier and had prompted a frantic search.
Shukri, who was a pupil at Broad Oak Sports College, moved to Bury around 12 months ago from Somalia with her mum and siblings.
Shukri’s uncle Mustaf Omar said: ‘She was a sweet and innocent child, she helped her mum 24/7.’
Two men aged 25 and 26 also died after being pulled out of the sea near Torbay in Devon. The bodies of the pair, aged 25 and 26, were recovered from the sea close to Babbacombe Beach at about 2pm by a lifeboat crew.
On Friday a holidaymaker got into difficulty around 12.50pm at nearby Prussia Cove, Cornwall, between Helston and Penzance.
Police, RNLI lifeboats, coastguard rescue teams, paramedics and the air ambulance rushed to Prussia Cove to rescue the lone swimmer.
Two lifeboats from Penlee, as well as the coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter, were spotted at Praa Sands, where they took the man.
This is while Glastonbury festival yesterday had to stop the use of showers due to a water shortage in the area. Revellers queued for up to an hour to fill up their bottles in the searing heat yesterday.
A sign up outside closed showers had explained that the move had been made ‘to allow the reservoirs to refill’ and a glamping company said on Twitter they had closed their showers at the site, in Worthy Farm, Somsert, because of a ‘water shortage’ and to ‘conserve water for drinking’.
And paramedic teams from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reported they have treated 70 patients over the past two days for a mixture of heat-related and medical cases.