SUNSEEKERS will be hitting the beaches, parks and pub gardens today to enjoy Britain’s hottest EVER August Bank Holiday.
The Met Office confirmed temperatures hit 33.3C yesterday afternoon — beating the previous record set 18 years ago.
And it could get even hotter with another 33C day predicted today in some areas.
If the mercury climbs this high it would smash the current record for an August Bank Holiday Monday – set in 2017.
That year, the temperature climbed to 28.2˚C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire.
The record in Wales is 26.5˚C which was measured in Crossway, Gwent, in 1991.
Northern Ireland’s record is 23.8˚C, set in Banagher, Co. Derry back in 1983.
Sunday’s temperatures meant the UK was be hotter than Honolulu in Hawaii.
Mercury hit 33.3C in Heathrow, West London — smashing the previous Bank Holiday weekend record of 31.5C in 2001.
The late summer sunshine, as a result of warm air being dragged up over the UK from France, comes at the end of what has been a wet and chilly month so far.
People attending Notting Hill Carnival today have been advised to stay hydrated amid temperatures which are forecast to surpass 30C.
Anyone travelling has also been advised by the RAC to pack enough food and water, and plan enough breaks for the journey.
Saturday’s high in Wales beat the previous record of 27.3C (81.1F) at Velindre, Powys, in 2013.
The Northern Ireland record stands at 27C (80.6F) recorded in Knockaraven, Co Fermanagh, in 2003.
Monday is not a bank holiday in Scotland.
The Met Office has warned sunseekers to stay out of the sun and bin the booze today.
A spokesperson advised: “Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible — shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
“Open them when it is cooler at night. Avoid too much exercise, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and watch for signs of heat stress — an early sign is fatigue.
“Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol, which dehydrates the body. If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.”