The hottest day of the year has been predicted for Saturday as temperatures areexpected to reach highs of 32C in the south-east while most of England and Wales enjoys 28C to 31C, and with the sizzling weather comes a heatwave warning from the Met Office. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO
Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We are expecting the hottest day of the year on Saturday with temperatures expected to reach over 30C in parts of the south east. With strong UV levels for many areas as well it is important for people to keep up to date with our forecasts."
The Weather Channel's forecaster Leon Brown says: "On Saturday England and Wales will have another very warm or hot day. Temperatures reaching 30 to 31C in the south and locally 32C. In the north it will turn fresher and cooler in Scotland and Northern Ireland with more cloud as a weak cold front moves south. The high temperatures in northeast England could spark off a few thunder showers in the afternoon, the risk greatest in Lincolnshire to Yorkshire."
Public Health England has urged Britons to be cautious in the heat. A statement read: "As most deaths occur in the first two days, this is an important stage at which to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave."
The Met Office says that much of the UK is to experience high or very high pollen counts, with the east and south east of England, London, the Midlands and Wales expected to see some of the highest grass pollen levels over the weekend.
The UK's ten best beaches (according to Tripadvisor)
Warnings over hottest day of the year as 30C heatwave arrives
The good: "Great beach with sand dunes for shelter from the wind and a lovely gentle slope into the water. Nice clean beach."
The bad: "Not really a beach for sunbathing or swimming, but a beautiful place for a walk. Well worth a visit."
Did you know? Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton lives in Nairn.
The good: "One of the 10,0000 wonders of the world" raves one Tripadvisor reviewer, while another calls it a "sandcastle makers heaven!" The bad: "What's all the fuss about? 60's apartments and tacky seaside galore." Did you know? Property here is notoriously pricey. In 2009 a 1,393-square-metre plot was reported to have been put up for sale for £13.5 million. Some houses going for a steal at £7,750,000!
The good: "Just watch the waves all day. Sunny but very windy day which is the best way to see Fistral Beach. Can spend hours walking around the headland then sit and have a drink whilst watching the surfers." The bad: "Parking restrictions a nightmare." Did you know? The British Surfing Association, Newquay Surf Life Saving Club and the Newquay Boardriders Club are all based at Fistral Beach and the Boardmasters Festival is also held there.
The good: "It's got sand, and clean sea. Enough said really." The bad: "All the above reviews are fine - that is if you can find somewhere to sit squashed in among the hoardes." Did you know? Weymouth was given a Royal seal of approval by King George III. He used to visit during times of illness for a restorative paddle.
The good: "My 'Safe Place'. I must have walked this beach over a hundred times in all weathers and it never fails to amaze me." The bad: "Why does everywhere you go for a pleasant walk have to be infested with dogs and their stupid owners?" Did you know: Longsands has its own webcam, so you can check out the weather before you head for the beach, see it here.
The good: "Beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs, large enough to never feel crowded even in peak season. A lovely beach bar on the beach which serves food all day and dog and child friendly."
The bad: "Perranporth Beach is lovely, what a pity about some dog owners who seem to think it is alright to allow their dogs to mess on the beach and then just walk away leaving it where young children are playing."
Did you know? The Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club is one of the oldest in the country and hosts an extreme triathlon event every autumn.
The good: "Hengistbury Head is one of my favourite places in the world. It's one of those spots that restores peace to your mind." The bad: "A bit bleak and windy, not much to do except pitch and putt." Did you know? People have been settling at Hegistbury Head since the Stone Age and it has over a million visitors per year.
The good: "Sun, Sea and a secret seal that visits the shore here most days. Family-friendly with lots locally to see and do - like dipping your toes back into 1960's seaside family holidays for the day." The bad: "Great beach but there are so many more spectacular and less populated beaches in the St Ives area." Did you know? It's home to the Porthminter Cafe, a multi-award winning seafood restaurant smack bang on the shoreline.
The good: "Heaven. The nicest beach I've seen in the UK." The bad: "Get your binoculars out...the sea is over there. The tide was out but there was a disproportionate amount of dry/wet sand (as in miles of wet and a small patch of dry) considering how far out the sea was." Woolacombe trivia: During the Second World War, the U.S. Army based their Assault Training Centre here. Thousands of small boat crews and infantry practised amphibious landing assaults on the beach because its long flat shape was considered to be like the Omaha Beach landing area.
The good: A "gem in the crown of Gower" has "unbelievable views"; it's "clean and peaceful... "The BEST in the West."... "The most amazing sight on the lovely Gower Coast."
The bad: "It is a lovely beach, but it is more of an adult orientated one, you park your car up the top of the hill and start walking, either down to the beach, or over the cliffs, which if you have children, I would not recommend."
Did you know? Rhossili Bay is located in an area designated as the first Area of Outstanding Beauty in the UK.