Sun-seeking Britons packed out Bournemouth beach as they enjoyed sunshine and blue skies before a 32C heatwave cooks the country after a miserable July washout.
The south and east of England will be at the centre of soaring temperatures in the coming days, with a blast of high pressure set to move across the UK.
People were already out enjoying the nice temperatures today and got a glimpse of the warm weather ahead.
Some were exercising and walking their dogs in Windsor Great Park this morning, while others sheltered from the sun using umbrellas in Primrose Hill, north London.
The Met Office explains that a handful of factors are responsible for the sunny spell expected next week.
The beach was packed this afternoon in Bournemouth, Dorset, as people flocked to the sea to enjoy the warm temperatures
The sands were busy at Bournemouth as beach goers enjoyed scorching temperatures during the Bournemouth Air Festival
Brits packed out Bournemouth beach today ahead of a 32C set to cook the country later this week
People were already out enjoying the nice temperatures today and got a glimpse of the warm weather ahead (pictured here in Windsor)
A man drinks from a bottle at Primrose Hill, in London, Britain, on September 3
Some were exercising and walking their dogs in Windsor Great Park this morning, while others used the great weather to explore central London (pictured here)
Plenty of residents and tourists were out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today
A cyclist started his Sunday with a bike ride through sunny Windsor this morning
The jet stream’s location is among them, which is due to drive away unsettled weather as it continues shifting north.
Meanwhile, the former tropical cyclone Franklin is also due to move into the north Atlantic.
Last week, this escalated into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of up to 85 miles per hour – marking the start of the US hurricane season.
But now drained of energy, its northward migration will allow a build-up of high pressure over the UK.
A man walks up Primrose Hill with a t-shirt on his head to protect him from the sun, in London, Britain, September 3
People were making the most of the great weather today in Bournemouth as they enjoyed a beach BBQ
Some punters enjoyed a cold Pimm’s as they were going up and down the River Cam today
People relaxing in the afternoon sunshine on Wimbledon common, south west London as the hot weather returns
People enjoying the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today
A lovely start to a Sunday with people out by the River Thames this morning
The sands were packed at Bournemouth as beach goers enjoyed scorching temperatures during the Bournemouth Air Festival
The sun gave residents and tourists in Bournemouth a glimpse of what’s yet to come this week, as people flocked to the beach
A woman was seen running in Windsor Great Park this morning
Families were enjoying the late summer sunshine at Seaburn beach, in Sunderland, this afternoon, digging in the sand and building sand castles (like above)
The beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, was packed to the brim with people hoping to enjoy the nice sunny day at the seaside
Forecaster Jim Dale even believes the fine spell could exceed 32°C – holding the potential to beat this year’s record summer temperature, according to The Mirror.
‘Forget the much-touted 28°C, there’s every chance later this week that the UK’s highest 2023 temp so far will be beaten,’ Jim Dale told the publication.
‘Even as we move into meteorological autumn, the sun’s still got some strength so will still help the temperatures build day by day into the middle of next week.’
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Bulmer said: ‘As high pressure becomes established from this weekend, fine and settled conditions will develop and along with this we will see a rise in temperature across most parts of the UK next week.
‘Many places can expect to see maximum temperatures rise to 25°C or above for several days, which would bring some locations into the realm of heatwave conditions.
Paddle boarders made the most of the high tide at The Strood, West Mersea near Colchester this afternoon
Some motorists weren’t quite so lucky when they broke down in the water in Colchester
People sunbathe on the grass grass at Primrose Hill, London, today as the heat is set to bake Brits this week
People made the best of the warm temperatures at the beach in Bournemouth today
People were walking across Tower Bridge in central London this morning enjoying the sunshine
Another runner enjoying the warm temperatures in Windsor today
Some went to cool themselves down in the water in Bournemouth this morning as temperatures rise
‘Although the highest temperatures are likely to be in the south and east of England, these areas also have higher temperature thresholds for heatwave conditions to be declared.
‘So, while some areas may just miss out on the actual definition, regardless of thresholds, many areas will enjoy a fine period of weather with plenty of sunshine and temperatures are likely to be the highest for many since June or early July.’
While the fine weather is expected to last throughout next week, the weekend may see a break in these conditions.
For now, the Met Office says the timing of this is uncertain.
A woman uses an umbrella to protect herself from the sun at Primrose Hill amid the baking heat
Next weekend may see a break in these hot temperatures and sunny conditions (pictured: people enjoying the sunshine in Bournemouth on Friday)
An ambulance struggled to get through the high tides at The Strood near Colchester
As paddleboarders embraced the high tides in Colchester, some motorists found themselves stuck in the water
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