We've had the hottest October day for 100 years - and there's more to come

We've had the hottest October day for 100 years - and there's more to comeAFP/Getty

Yesterday has been officially declared Britain's hottest October day for more than a century.

A senior meteorologist with MeteoGroup confirmed a top temperature of 30c (86f) in Yorkshire, with Gravesend, Kent not far behind with 29.9c (85.82f).

The temperatures were higher than we experienced in July and August - and were only beaten by scorching temperatures on June 27 when highs of 33.3c (91.9f) were enjoyed at Olympic Park in London.

Even though it's just four weeks until the clocks go back, the heatwave is set to continue until the middle of next week, with light rain expected on Wednesday.

The heatwave, triggered by high pressure to the east which has brought southerly winds from France and the Mediterranean, means that we have been enjoying temperatures that are an average of ten degrees higher than expected for this time of year.

But not all parts of the UK are enjoying the heatwave.

There was rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland, where temperatures were struggling to reach the mid-teens.

If you're keen to enjoy some more sunshine in half term, click on the image below and find out the best places to go...

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We've had the hottest October day for 100 years - and there's more to come

Thomson Al Fresco (0871 971 0600 www.thomsonalfresco.co.uk) is offering a seven night stay for up to six people at Sanguli, Spain, including ferry crossing. See website for full information and parc details.

Set in the beautiful Costa Dorada with its poolside palm trees and sun kissed playa, Sanguli boasts a Roman style heated pool and amphitheatre make the parc truly unique, whilst the paddling pool, children’s playground and sandy beach ensure everyone is entertained.

Activity options include bicycle hire, windsurfing and sea fishing – not to mention the PortAventura Attraction Park which is just minutes away. If you still have the energy afterwards, you can also wander down to the Chambrils town for a relaxing stroll along the promenade and harbour.

For more information and to book please visit www.thomsonalfresco.co.uk or call 0871 971 0600.

Spend half term in Italy’s Le Marche region at the bargain-priced Tenuta Le Piane, a cluster of old buildings turned cosy apartments with a shared pool. It borders the Sibillini National Park – two million acres of gorges, mountains and forests, perfect for autumn walking and with ample space for the kids to run around. Adriatic beaches are 90 minutes' drive away but the thermal waters near Saranano are even closer. A week in a four-person self-catering apartment at Tenuta Le Piane costs from £393 pp during the October half term (four sharing), including flights (Stansted) and car hire. Call Real Holidays on 020 7359 3938 (www.realholidays.co.uk).

Travelzest’s Best of Morocco gives the kids the opportunity to experience souks and sorcerers, hear minarets, have a date with a dromedary, soak up some dry heat and enjoy mountain muleteering. Stay at he Hotel Tichka, a charismatic four-star hotel.  A week’s stay over half term is from £640 pp  including flights, interconnecting rooms with breakfast and private transfers. Call Travelzest’s Best of Morocco on 0800 171 2151 (www.bestofmorocco.co.uk).

familyTropical Sky Tropical Sky (www.tropicalsky.co.uk / 0844 332 9349) is offering seven nights at the four star Almond Casuarina Beach Resort from £1,339 per adult and from £659 per child aged 16 and under (saving up to £1,460 for a family of four). This price includes scheduled flights from London Gatwick, resort transfers, all taxes and surcharges as well as accommodation in a Superior Deluxe Garden View room on an all-inclusive basis based on two adults and two children sharing. You’re right on the white sand Dover Beach, with a huge variety of watersports and other activities to keep the kids busy while parents unwind on the beach and in the lush gardens. 

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