Scorching temperatures have melted tar roads as Brits have braced themselves for another scorching day.
The mercury has soared above 30C this week as the warm weather is here to stay this week.
England recorded its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday – 32.2C recorded at Heathrow Airport.
Yesterday, temperatures rose to 31.1C in North Wyke, Devon, on Wednesday.
Incredible images showed tar melting the roads yesterday near Doddiscombsleigh near Devon.
And in Northern Ireland, a provisional all-time record for Northern Ireland was set when 31.3C was logged at Castlederg, Co Tyrone, the Met Office said.
The record-setting temperatures have seen hundreds flock to beaches, weirs and lakes to cool off.
Tragically, at least 14 people have drowned during the deadly heatwave – including a schoolboy and a woman in her 60s.
An amber weather warning for extreme heat remains in place today for London, South East England, South West England, the West Midlands and Wales.
The same warning will remain in place tomorrow for Northern Ireland.
By this weekend, some regions will get some respite from the boiling temperatures with clouds and rain.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert across much of England and Wales on Saturday and Sunday.
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Meteorologist Tom Morgan said that while some areas within the warning zone could see a month’s worth of rain, the storms were unlikely to be as bad as those seen on Tuesday.
Various authorities have issued health warnings in this week’s heat.
The RAC has urged drivers to not hit the road during peak hours as many are expected to start taking trips over the next five days.
How to stay safe during a heatwave
look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
stay cool indoors: many of us may need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
use cool spaces considerately if going outdoors, and wash your hands regularly
drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into open water to cool down – during warm weather going for a swim can provide much-welcomed relief
remember that while coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are in place, you will need to follow any additional government guidance to use public spaces safely
Public Health England issued a Level 3 heat-health to last until Friday as they urge people to stay safe.
Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: “Everybody can be affected by high temperatures and most people are aware of good health advice for coping with hot weather. However, it’s important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions.
“As we experience the first hot weather episode of the year, it’s important for everyone to remember to adapt their behaviours. This is particularly important during the pandemic with many people self-isolating.
“Most of us want to enjoy the sun. Remember to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”
It comes as experts warned the UK heatwave is a “natural disaster” that could spark hundreds of deaths due to the extreme heat.
More than 2,500 fatalities were linked to heatwaves last summer, with 1,700 in August alone – the highest since 2004.
London School of Economics climate scientist Bob Ward warned of further deaths this year as heatwaves become more frequent amid global warming.