What a sizzler! August kicks off with heatwave - and Wednesday set to fry

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What a sizzler! August kicks off with heatwave - and Wednesday set to fryPA



It was definitely a promising start to August, as London and the south east revelled in glorious sunshine - and temperatures of 28.4C (83F).

The high mercury saw better weather in some parts of Britain than in Barbados, Sydney and Rio.

The mercury hit 28.1C (83F) in St James's Park and Kew Gardens in London making it hotter than many holiday destinations.

And sun-worshippers should rejoice as Tuesday is set to be fabulous, and Wednesday could be even hotter.

Charlie Powell, forecaster at the Met Office, said: 'Tomorrow there will be similar temperatures, we are looking at 28C in the London area and parts of Kent.'

Of course, good news comes with bad, and the hot spell won't last, with temperatures dropping back to the 70s by Thursday, with the possibility thunderstorms later in the week, too.

Met Office forecaster Andy Bodenham told the Daily Mail: 'In the next few days the conditions are likely to set off thunderstorms just about anywhere in the country.

'That will herald low temperatures for most parts. People should make the most of the weather while they can.'

What a sizzler! August kicks off with heatwave - and Wednesday set to fryPA



And make the most of it we did. All of the deck chairs along Bournemouth's seven miles of beaches had been snapped up early Sunday morning, thousands hit the coast across the country, car parks in many areas were full by breakfast time and hotels were putting up 'no vacancies' signs.

And Londoners got some of the best of the sunshine, with Green Park full of deck chairs, and crowds of people playing in the fountains at Trafalgar Square.

However, as the south sizzles in the heat, those living in the north can expect heavy showers tomorrow afternoon and temperatures in the early 20s.

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