Britain recorded its hottest ever bank holiday as the mercury soared to 91.76 F (33.2C) at Heathrow Airport this afternoon.
The temperature beat the record of 91.4F (32.8C) set in 1944, with Britons flooding beaches and heading for ice creams as they tried desperately to keep cool.
Met Office experts say they don’t believe the mercury will rise high enough today to eclipse yesterday’s 92F (33C), which was also recorded at Heathrow.
Relatively early this morning, today became the hottest ever August Bank Holiday Monday when temperatures of 83.5F were recorded at Tibenham Airfield in Norfolk, beating the previous late August holiday high of 82.8F set in 2017 at Holbeach in Lincolnshire.
This afternoon, Heathrow became the hottest place in the country, with temperatures topping 91F (32.8C) for much of the afternoon.
It comes after meteorologists confirmed July was the hottest ever around the world with both Britain and Europe caught in a heatwave that caused massive transport disruption by melting railway tracks and causing thunderstorms that grounded planes.
Fatima Gutierrez, 27, and Amanda Diaz, 24, from Spain enjoy the water at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh, Scotland
Two women are pictured enjoying ice creams while walking along the seafront at Brighton today on what is the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday of all time
A visiting dolphin to Lyme Regis in west Dorset caused excitement as he visited boats just outside of the harbour for the second day
The Met Office confirmed it is the hottest ever Bank Holiday Monday in August today, with hundreds already packing out Bournemouth beach, pictured, this morning to make the most of the sun
Bourton Rovers 1st team (yellow sleeves) and Bourton Rovers 2nd team (in solid blue) play each other in the annual traditional river football match in the Cotswolds village of Bourton-in-the-Water, Gloucestershire
A goal keeper reaches for the ball as players try to score in Bourton’s annual football match in the water
The temperature beat the record of 91.4F (32.8C) set in 1944, with Britons flooding beaches and heading for ice creams as they tried desperately to keep cool. Pictured: Footballers play in the water in an annual tradition
Making a splash! Relatively early this morning, today became the hottest ever August Bank Holiday Monday when temperatures of 83.5F were recorded at Tibenham Airfield in Norfolk, beating the previous late August holiday high of 82.8F set in 2017 at Holbeach in Lincolnshire
Sunbathers also soaked up the rays on the Jurassic Coast in West Bay, Dorset, with temperatures only rising
Swimmers are pictured here taking a dip at Beckenham Place Park in south east London, pictured
10-year-old Kadie Lane, pictured, cooled off in the sea at Blyth in Northumberland to cool off in the intense heat
This Met Office heat map shows East Anglia and the south east are the warmest part of Britain today, and temperatures could still exceed the August Bank Holiday weekend record setting 92F recorded at Heathrow yesterday
Families have set up chairs and parasols en masse at Bournemouth with space becoming limited due to sheer numbers
The sun will shine brightly across the UK today before cloud and rain moves in during the middle of the week
The mercury is not quite high enough to make it the hottest August 26 ever though, which was 91F recorded in Cromer, Norfolk, in 1864.
Trawsgoed near Aberystwyth was the warmest place in Wales, with a top temperature of 77.7F (24.3C), while Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, saw highs of 75.2F (24.0C).
In Northern Ireland, thermometers peaked at 21.2C in Killowen.
The previous record was 70.2F (28.2C) set at Holbeach in 2017.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: ‘All in all, if you like the sunshine and the hot weather, then it is going to be a good day.’
Mr Snell added: ‘Temperatures will be very similar to Sunday. We are likely to see something like 33C (92F).
‘There could be scope that the record could be nudged up, but either way, it is going to be a hot day across the UK.’
Sunseekers have flocked to the beach at Bournemouth today while others are soaking up the rays on the Brighton seafront.
In London, locals are making the most of the sunshine by taking a dip in the pool at Beckenham Place Park, while the River Cam in Cambridge is full of groups going punting.
Ice cream is on the menu for most, with large queues pictured forming outside a shop in Scarborough, while others are keeping cool by splashing around in the sea or going paddle boarding.
Man dies after getting into trouble in the River Trent as police issue warning to anyone swimming in hot weather
By William Cole for MailOnline
A body has been recovered from the River Trent following a massive search operation for a man who fell into difficulty in the open water.
Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that the man’s body, who was first spotted at the Victoria Embankment stretch near to the city, had been retrieved at 3.30pm today.
His family have been informed of the development and are now being supported by specially-trained officers following the incident.
The emergency services, who were called just before 1.15pm, issued a statement to remind the public of the dangers of entering open water.
A body has been recovered from the River Trent following a massive search operation for a man who fell into difficulty in the water
Sergeant Pete Shaw from Nottinghamshire Police said: ‘Emergency services have sadly recovered the body of a man from the River Trent today, despite the best efforts of rescue teams and members of the public who helped at the scene.
‘While work is now underway to understand how the man came into difficulty, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight this case as a reminder of the devastating consequences of entering open water – regardless of whether people do so deliberately or inadvertently.
‘As in this tragic case, open water can have hidden dangers that can prove fatal and I would urge anyone who spends any time on or near open water to use this case as a devastating reminder of that – particularly during the recent warm weather we have been experiencing.’
Police are not treating the man’s death as suspicious and a file will now be prepared for the Coroner.
Victoria Embankment had been closed to traffic while emergency services continued their work at the scene. The road has now fully re-opened.
Nicola Rose, who lives in The Meadows near to the Embankment, said: ‘There are nine fire engines, four ambulances and two police cars.
‘There is an under water search team and more sirens are coming.
‘There are loads of flashing lights and my daughter has just seen the air ambulance landing.’
Sergeant Pete Shaw from Nottinghamshire Police said: ‘Emergency services have sadly recovered the body of a man from the River Trent today, despite the best efforts of rescue teams and members of the public who helped at the scene’
Irene Vickers, 66, originally of The Meadows and her husband Tony, said it was always drilled into them not to swim in the water as they played on the Embankment as children.
She said: ‘I just saw one lad saying to his mum: “but it looks so calm”. That’s just it. It looks really calm and inviting but it’s what is underneath. We used to be down here all day, we would take a bottle of water and a marmalade sandwich but it was always drilled into us, “do not go in the water”.’
Gary Wardel, 53, of Clifton, was doing his regular 10 mile walk when he saw two men going for a swim but only one man made it across.
He added: ‘There was a boat trying to help him and other two men jumped in to help. I just wanted to jump in.
‘No one knows how strong the current is. I used to swim in it when I was younger but I wouldn’t now. It’s a horrible thing to see. I couldn’t believe it at first, I thought he was messing around.’
Anyone who saw the man in the water or who has any other information about the incident is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 449 of 26 August.
A group of Mods were also out with their scooters enjoying a day at the seaside at Beachy Head, Eastbourne, pictured
The River Cam is also a huge draw today with plenty of groups going punting in Cambridge while others enjoy the scenery
Others made sure they were safe from the blazing rays by topping their sun cream up. Pictured is a couple in Dorset
Couples and friends were pictured relaxing in boats as they went punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today
Ice cream has been popular with sunseekers throughout the day, including at this shop in Scarborough, pictured
Three-year-old golden retriever Honey, pictured, enjoyed playing around in the sea off Weymouth and managed to snag a loose marker buoy
The Met Office said temperatures today will also be sweltering and more records could be broken in the south east
Temperatures could be in the low 20s in the West, Northern Ireland and the South.
The late summer sunshine, as a result of warm air being dragged up over the UK from France, comes at the end of what has been a wet and chilly month so far.
It comes after thousands of fans at a sold-out Headingly in Leeds baked in the sunshine over the weekend as England kept their Ashes hopes alive thanks to a scorching innings by Ben Stokes.
And hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed what is thought to be the hottest Notting Hill Carnival ever in west London.
Families set themselves up for a fun day at the beach in Blyth, Northumberland, pictured, with buckets and spades in tow
Tents and flags were set up at West Bay in Dorset, pictured, while other enjoyed a swim or bodyboarding in the sea
Paddleboarding was also on offer in Blyth, Northumberland, pictured, with some content to sit and float through the water
The rising temperatures made it the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. Pictured are beachgoers in Weymouth
Huge crowds have built up in Notting Hill to watch processions through the streets, pictured, and enjoy the Bank Holiday tradition before heading back to work tomorrow
Meanwhile crowds are already lining the street to watch performers walk through the roads in colourful costumes at the Notting Hill Carnival today, pictured
The previous best late August bank holiday temperatures before this weekend were 31.5C (88.7F) at Heathrow in 2001, 27.3C in Velindre, Powys, in Wales and 27C (80.6F) in Knockareven, Co Fermanagh, both in 2003, plus the 26.7C (80.06F) that was recorded in Aviemore, Invernesshire, in Scotland in 1984.
Wales enjoyed a record 28.6C in Hawarden on Sunday when the top temperature in Northern Ireland was 24.2C at Stormont Castle.
Scotland’s top temperature was the 28.4C recorded at Bishopton near Glasgow on Sunday. Monday is not a bank holiday in Scotland.
Dozens of Legoland riders including a grandmother are stranded 30 feet in the air as The Dragon rollercoaster breaks down in searing 90F heat
A Stoke-on-Trent family have told how their day out to Legoland turned into a disaster – when the ride they were on broke down in 90F (32C) heat.
Grandmother Danielle Hollins, 48, from Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent was joined by eight other relatives to celebrate her birthday at the Windsor theme park yesterday.
But they were left terrified when The Dragon ride broke down after they reached the top – leaving them trapped 30ft up for around 45 minutes in soaring temperatures.
The family had initially queued for the log flume for nearly two hours but Lego Land announced the ride was being shut, so the group queued for The Dragon rollercoaster instead, Mrs Hollins said.
A Stoke-on-Trent family were left terrified when The Dragon ride at Legoland broke down after they reached the top – leaving them trapped 30ft up for around 45 minutes in soaring temperatures. Danielle Hollins’s grandson Finley (left), aged nine, and Claire Downing (right), her son Matthew’s partner, were left terrified
After queuing for another 30 minutes to get on it, the ride stopped just as it reached the top.
Mrs Hollins said: ‘All in all we were up there for 45 minutes in 32C heat. My son’s partner suffers from vertigo so she was terrified and was escorted off first.’
According to Danielle, seven rides broke down at different points during the day, causing mega queues across the resort.
The 48-year-old was joined by her partner Matthew Hall, aged 45, her sons Harrison Taylor, aged 15, and 26-year-old Marcus George.
And Mr George, who lives in Porthill, also brought along his partner Claire Downing and their children Ebony, aged 16, George, aged 11, Finley, aged nine, and five-year-old Zachary.
Now the family have been offered refunds by Legoland on their £60 tickets after going on just one main ride – the rapids – having left home at 7.30am and getting back at around 11pm.