Sizzling Indian summer to come to abrupt end

Sizzling Indian summer to come to abrupt endPA


The super-hot autumn heatwave has seen people packed on British beaches like sardines and supermarkets selling out of BBQ burgers - but it's all set to come to shuddering halt by the end of the week.

According to forecasters, temperatures are set to plummet to 14C, and strong winds will rip through the the north.

Following the hottest 29 and 30 September since records began, a senior meteorologist with MeteoGroup confirmed a top temperature of 30c (86f) in Yorkshire on 1 October, with Gravesend, Kent not far behind with 29.9c (85.82f) - making it the hottest October day for more than a century.

Coast hotels were inundated with bookings, and Sainsbury's sold five times more burgers than usual at this time of year.

But it's set to come to an abrupt end, says Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

He explained: 'It is looking cooler and more unsettled from today with a lot of cloud over southern England and and a few spots of rain especially in the west.

'The north will have some blustery showers and it will be quite windy with local gales in the northern isles. Temperatures in most places will drop between 5C-10C, but London could still see highs of 20C.'

Much of the UK will see showers by Thursday, with longer spells of rain, continuing strong winds and some thunderstorms across western Scotland and north-west England.

Parts of Scotland could even be hit by frost, with temperatures of just 3C (37.4F) or 4C (39.2) expected on Friday night.

Mr Payne added: 'It is now very unlikely that we will see the temperatures we have had over the past week until early summer next year.'

That's a big thumbs down from us. But, just because we're so kind, we've come up with the best sunshine breaks for half-term, so that you can carry on the heatwave - even if Britain doesn't:

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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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