UK weather: Heatwave to hit Wimbledon

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Wimbledon is set to see ace weather after a first week of unsettled conditions.

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The Met Office says Monday in SW9 is expected to be a mixture of sunshine and isolated showers, while Tuesday will be dry for most of the day "but with some further isolated showers possible." Wednesday is set to be mainly dry and sunny, "with perhaps a heavy shower bubbling up later."

Temperatures for the week will remain in the 20Cs, with the hottest day of the tennis tournament likely to be Friday when highs of 26C are expected.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst told the Daily Star: "It looks drier from the weekend and into the second week, with more settled weather for the southern half of the UK and a trend for temperatures warmer than the average of 22-23C.

"Most of the UK could be under the influence of largely dry and warm weather from the middle of July."

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on July being the hottest on record, with Ladbrokes giving 7/4 from 2/1, and 10/1 that there is no rain over the next two weeks at Wimbledon.

It's even money that the hottest day of the year is recorded this month, beating last month's high of 34.5C. Meanwhile, a hosepipe ban has been chalked up at 7/2 to be implemented before the summer is out.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: "The June heatwave seems like a distant memory, but the odds suggest that Wimbledon will see the return of blue skies and sizzling sunshine."

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This summer will see the world’s biggest bouncy castle come to Dreamland Margate, where the mammoth inflatable will have a two-week stay at the Kent attraction from Saturday 12th to Saturday 26th August 2017. The castle will be filled with 1,143 cubic metres of air and measure an epic 21 square metres. It will stands at nearly 13 metres tall at its highest point and comfortably accommodate 100 people at a time. £3.50 for a ten-minute bounce.
Known as one of England's weirdest ‘sports’ and pastimes, the World Gravy Wrestling Championships in Rossendale is probably the quirkiest thing you'll witness this summer. Taking place on 28th August 2017, the event sees fearless contestants line up to battle it out in a pool full of Lancashire gravy to be crowned the Gravy Wrestling Champion.

Grown-ups visiting Seaham Hall can enjoy an ice cream experience with a difference this summer as the sprawling coastal retreat will launch an array of creatively-flavoured ice creams, boozy liquid nitrogen ice creams and a range of enticing frozen cocktails at its beach hut. Chilled delights will include Tahitian vanilla ice cream with roasted hazelnut, Tonka bean and Ethiopian coffee and Summer Garden liquid nitrogen ice cream featuring Pimm's. £20 for two ice creams or frozen cocktails from the menu. The cabin will be open on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

Believed to be one of the most haunted places in England, Brighton's historic streets have been home to several sightings and manifestations including an adventurer, a girl and even a flirtatious spirit. A paranormal tour leads you through the macabre history of the Lanes, where you will learn of the long dead and the places where they met their tragic ends. £8 per adult, £4 per child for the Ghost Walk of the Lanes.
Goat yoga, or Goga, has arrived in England! Mucky Bucket Farm has launched classes of yoga’s latest trend, yoga with goats, which combines the benefits of yoga with animal therapy. Classes, which are available in Southampton and Portsmouth, are held in a room as goats wander among downward dogs and forward bends. The classes are ideal for yogis who love adorable, furry animals. £20 per one-hour class.
Secret underground bar The Bletchley is an immersive cocktail experience which recreates a secret WWII code cracking room, with drinkers slipping in through a secret door and entering your taste preference into a cipher machine. You then receive a unique code that is transmitted via radio, before mixologists decode and conjure up the perfect cocktail. £29.99 per person, including welcome drink, two Cryptic Cocktails and two hours inside the bunker.
Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can be used to make beer and popcorn? Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Isle of Wight countryside, the Garlic Festival is one of England's most unusual festivals. Taking place from 19th to 20th August 2017, its centrepiece is the locally grown garlic and the amazing range of garlic products available. Try garlic beer, watch cooking demonstrations, enjoy traditional fun fair rides and even try your hand at circus skills. From £9 for adults, £5 for children, free for children under five.
Lovers of the outdoors can experience the unique opportunity of sleeping among animals in cabin-style glamping lodges in South Gloucestershire's Wild Place Project. Launching this summer, the one-of-a-kind Camp Baboon will treat you to a stay next to neighbours including Gelada baboons, cheetahs, reindeer, wolves and lemurs. There will also be endangered animal encounters, twilight and sunrise tours of the park, outdoor activities and the chance to toast marshmallows over a crackling campfire. From £87 per person.
ROKTFACE, Britain’s highest man-made climbing wall, opened at ROKT climbing centre in Brighouse this spring, inviting brave climbers to the exciting attraction. The climbing wall scales a disused grain silo that’s taller than the Tower of London. The wall is open to amateur and professional climbers, with routes ranging from 28 metres to 36 metres. On a clear day, the view from the top stretches for almost 20 miles over the Yorkshire countryside. From £15 per person.
This summer, lovers of all things fun are invited to don their swimwear, grab a dinghy and whizz down Alexandra Park hill on a 100-metre white knuckle ride. Big kids who fancy sliding down the Giant Waterslide can head to Alexandra Palace's Summer Festival on 22 July 2017. There will also be a silent disco, family raves, outdoor cinema and a circus. £8 per ride on the waterslide.
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