The warmest day of the year has driven scores of Britons outside to bask in the baking hot weather as temperatures climbed to a scorching 82F.
Revelers crammed on to the nation’s beaches to soak up the sun before heavy downpours drench most of the UK tomorrow.
Londoners roasted in the country’s warmest weather with Heathrow, St James’s Park and Kew Gardens among the top ten ‘hot spots’ today.
But seaside towns were also overrun as bikini-clad women and topless men threw down their bathing mats and slapped on the sun cream.
Brighton beach was characteristically popular and photos show almost every inch of the shingle covered with people.
Punters also flocked to the nation’s pubs and relaxed in beer gardens enjoying ice cold drinks as temperatures soared higher than Brazil and Ibiza.
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Identical twins Renae and Shanae Nel, 19, from Southampton make the most of the ‘June plume’ on Bournemouth beach today as the 24 hour heatwave rolls in
Britons have flocked to the beach as temperatures soar towards 84F on what is officially now the hottest day of the year so far. Members of the public are seen enjoying Brighton beach today
Members of the public take to the beach in Brighton and Hove as temperatures are expected to hit 30C, close to 86F
Brighton beach where sunbathers are making the most of the high temperatures expected to reach 86 F today in Brighton and Hove
The seaside resort of Lyme Regis, Dorset, swelters in scorching hot sunshine on the first day of meteorological summer. Crowds of holidaymakers and visitors flock to the picturesque beach to bask in the hot sun as the coastal resort sizzles on the hottest day of the year so far
Most of Scotland is cloudy today, with highs of 60.8F and northern England will have around 64.4F on both days.
Scotland’s loss is surely not on the mind of those further south, sipping champagne on sun loungers in Surrey.
The UK’s hottest places today
Heathrow, London – 80.24
Northolt, London – 80.24
Kew Gardens, London – 79.7
Bushy Park, Middlesex – 79.52
Wisley, Surrey – 79.52
Chertsey, Surrey – 79.34
High Beach, Essex – 78.8
Iver Waterworks, Bucks – 78.62
Charlwood, Surrey – 78.44
It’s expected to hit 72F in Epsom where glamourous race-goers are enjoying the 2019 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse.
Space was hard to come by on Brighton Beach as people kept up the great British tradition of high-tailing it to the coastline as soon as the sun breaks the clouds.
Sun-bathers lined the beach in the shadow of the famous promenade as the mercury sizzled in the high temperatures.
Tents were even placed along the beach in a bid to protect the younger revellers from the searing sun which is expected to belt out temperatures of up to 84F on the southern coast today.
Also on the south coast, Torquay in Dorset looked like something ripped straight out of a holiday brochure as the big wheel was pictured against perfect, cloudless blue skies.
It was even hot enough for runners getting their daily exercise to whip of their shirts down on Carbis Bay in Cornwall.
Despite mercury soaring as parts of the UK swelters this weekend, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north West of England are likely to face heavy showers by tomorrow.
And by Tuesday cooler winds and rain will fall across the country with forecasters stressing ‘cooler and fresher’ weather next week.
Heavy rain and storms could hit the country on Tuesday and again on Thursday as temperatures plateau at 64.4F.
Londoners near Tower Bridge enjoy what promises to be the hottest day of the year so far
A couple relax in the sun on Potters fields park on the North bank of the river Thames
Londoners near Tower Bridge enjoy the sun on Potters fields park on the North bank of the river Thames
A guardsman from the Household Division falls to the ground as he takes part in the second round of rehearsals ahead of the Queen’s official birthday. Officers stand in formation as a colleague rushes over to the faint solider and tries to lift him to his feet during the Colonel’s Review
The second guardsman is helped to his feet after collapsing during rehearsals for the Trooping the Colour ceremony today in central London
The English Riviera Wheel can be seen against deep blue skies over the marina at Torquay in Devon at the start of a hot and sunny weekend
People enjoy the warm and sunny weather at Carbis Bay in Cornwall today with one sun seeker going for a shirtless run
Brighton beach front this morning shows just wispy clouds in the sky. While the south east is basking in sun most of Scotland will be cloudy today, with highs of 60.8F and Northern England should stay around 64.4F
The average temperature for June is 62.6F and it’s likely that most of the UK should be warmer than that today.
But while some will be basking in the heat there will be outbreaks of rain spreading east on Sunday with risk of thunderstorms.
But it will be fresher and cooler with sunshine and scattered showers Monday and Tuesday.
The difference between the two days is down to the high pressure which will dominate much of Saturday being replaced by low pressure on Sunday.
A Met office forecaster said: ‘Today will see cloud and rain showers across parts of northern England and Scotland.
Racegoers enjoy the warmth and atmosphere during Derby Day of the 2019 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Surrey, where temperatures are predicted to reach highs of 72 F (22 C) today
Queen Elizabeth II wears vibrant blue during Derby Day of the 2019 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Epsom
Enjoying a glass of Pimms the racegoers shield from the sun with wide brimmed straw and top hats
The average temperature for June is 62.6F and its likely that most of the UK should be warmer on Saturday. Image shows the sun rising over St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay on the North East coast on Friday
‘In the South East there will be plenty of fine, dry weather with maximum temperatures of 64.4 degrees but overnight we will start to see a change.
‘Outbreaks of rain will spread in to north west Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Further south east it is expected to stay dry, humid and muggy.
‘Minimum temperatures will not fall lower than 44 degrees. Tomorrow we will see a change as a cold front moves east across the country.
‘A band of showery rain is expected. In the north and west of the UK the day will start cloudy and there could be some heavy bursts in some places.
Today there is very warm sunshine developing across England and Wales and it’s a sign of what’s to come. Sun seekers are pictured making the most of the morning sunshine today by punting on the River Cam in Cambridge
A man lays in the sunshine in St James’ Park in London this morning where empty deckchairs await a weekend of sun bathers
‘This rain will not get to the south east, so Kent and Sussex, until late in the day. It is going to be very warm as temperatures potentially reach as high as 64.4 degrees.
‘These warm temperatures might spark one or two showers but you would be very unlucky to see them. By the end of the day the west will have brightened up.
‘It will be much cooler and fresher with increased winds. The start of next week will have a very different feel.
‘It will be much cooler and fresher and quite changeable. There will be strong winds at time, particularly in the north. Showers will be heavy and thundery on Tuesday and again on Thursday.
‘It will be a much more changeable week. Much cooler and fresher. Monday could see around 68 in London. On Tuesday morning it will be windy so temperatures could fall to 42 degrees in Scotland.
‘Tuesday in London it could be 64.4 degrees. The maximum for Wednesday is 64.4 degrees and a similar maximum on Thursday but overall feeling much fresher.’
The UK is set to be hotter than the Costa del Sol, Spain, today, with little wind and sunny weather expected in the south east, and temperatures expected to soar to 79F in London and 84F in the south east
The weather for this weekend has been warming up since yesterday with warm and sunny weather predicted across parts of the country today on the hottest day of the year
Crowds of punters take to the river in Cambridge as students earn their keep pushing tourists around the city
BBC weather forecaster Simon King took to Twitter to break the good news that the UK is set to enjoy the hottest day of the year today
The south east of England is expected to stay warm today, with highs of 84F expected
When does the first day of summer arrive in the UK?
There are two different dates that can be considered as the official start of UK summer.
The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5° tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun.
Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
Solstices and equinoxes are considered to be the astronomical transition points between the seasons and mark key stages in the astronomical cycle of the earth.
In a year there are two equinoxes (spring and autumn) and two solstices (summer and winter).
The dates of the equinoxes and solstices aren’t fixed due to the Earth’s elliptical orbit of the sun
The Earth’s orbit around the sun means that in early January, the sun is closest (known as perihelion) and in early July it is most distant (aphelion).
The meteorological summer consists of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each. These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics. By the meteorological calendar, spring starts on 1 March.
The seasons are defined as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).
Information taken from the Met Office