Parts of the UK will be hotter than the Canary Islands this week, with the mercury set to soar to 91.4F amid an unprecedented heat warning from the Met Office.
Britain will bask in sweltering temperatures warmer than in top holiday destinations such as Marbella, Mykonos and Tenerife over the next three days, with many forecasters predicting them to be the hottest of the year.
The bookies have now made it just a 1/2 shot that 2021 ends up being the hottest summer ever on record in the UK, with the Met Office today issuing its first ever 'amber extreme heat warning'.
The warning - which is similar to those issued when heavy rain or snow is forecast - covers a large part of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England, and will remain in force until the end of Thursday.
Meteorologists have warned people to stay out of the sun during the afternoon, close their curtains to keep living rooms cool, stay out of direct sunlight and drink water.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Public Health England (PHE) also issued a heat-health alert, warning members of the public to take measures to stay cool and look out for vulnerable people.
A jogger runs along the Thames near London's Tower Bridge this morning, with the recent heatwave set to continue throughout the week
Commuters cross London Bridge in the sun this morning as scorching temperatures continue to hit Britain this week
The hot sun burns off the sea mist at sunrise as a paddleboarder goes across Roker Harbour to Roker Lighthouse in Sunderland this morning
A Met Office graphic shows how high temperatures will again hit parts of the UK between Tuesday and Thursday this weekInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, said: 'We have an amber extreme heat warning in place until Thursday.
'Temperatures are likely to peak at around 32C (89.6F), even reaching 33C (91.4F) in isolated spots across southern England, so very warm for many.
'Even the more cooler areas will see temperatures in the twenties while other places could see some thundery showers.'
Mr Petagna put the warm weather down to an area of high pressure above the UK.
He added: 'I'd say people should stay out of the midday sun, apply sunscreen when outside, be wary of any health issues you may have and make sure to stay hydrated.
'As this heat remains in place, people will be vulnerable to dehydration, fatigue and nausea, so make sure to stay safe on public transport and if you are heading to the beach.'
The bookies are now predicting this summer could be Britain's hottest yet, offering odds of just 1/2 for the period to reach record levels.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: 'We've been treated to a scorching few days and it looks like there's plenty more where that came from, with a record-breaking hot summer potentially on the cards.'
The recent heat, which saw the hottest day of the year so far recorded on Sunday, has brought about a number of issues across the UK, including in Birmingham where a bus shelter exploded.
The 10ft tall, 20ft wide shelter, in busy Chelmsley Wood, fell victim to the heatwave and while nobody was hurt when it suddenly smashed into pieces, it is not clear whether anyone was