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Brits should enjoy the final day of the heatwave with temperatures expected to rise to 86F (30C) before thunderstorms roll in next week. 

Torrential rain and storms could batter the country from Tuesday with floods and hailstones posing a risk to homes and businesses, the Met Office warned.

It comes after the nation enjoyed days of record-breaking heat and the hottest August day in 17 years, with the mercury reaching 97.5F (36.4C) on Friday.  

Temperatures are expected to hit 91F (33C) today as Brits prepare for another packed day at the nation’s beaches and beauty spots.

But the blue skies and sweltering nights will not last, the Met office has warned, with ‘severe’ thunderstorms expected any time between tomorrow and Wednesday.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued, warning people to ‘be alert’ to the risk of flooded buildings and disruption to public transport. 

A Met Office forecaster told The Telegraph: ‘This weekend we could have some isolated thunder storms but it is going to stay hot. Into next week we have yellow weather warnings out from Monday onwards. Just about anywhere could see some torrential downpours.’ 

Saturday’s top temperature was 94F (34.5C) at Frittenden in Kent, Wiggonholt in West Sussex, and Herstmonceux in East Sussex, the Met Office said.

The heat brought with it a number of water-related tragedies yesterday as a man in his 20s drowned in a quarry, a six-year-old boy almost died after his inflatable swan was swept out to sea and men were pictured jumping into the water at Durdle Door – an activity that critically injured two men in May.       

Temperatures will remain high into the 30s across the south of England on Sunday before clouds roll in on Monday with the potential for storms later in the week

Temperatures will remain high into the 30s across the south of England on Sunday before clouds roll in on Monday with the potential for storms later in the week

There was very little space on Margate beach on Saturday afternoon after families and sunseekers flocked to the sea

There was very little space on Margate beach on Saturday afternoon after families and sunseekers flocked to the sea

A group of girls jump into the sea as they enjoy the hot weather in Margate, Britain, on one of the hottest days of the year

A group of girls jump into the sea as they enjoy the hot weather in Margate, Britain, on one of the hottest days of the year

Brighton beach was packed with sunseekers this morning as revellers once again took to the sea in their droves

Brighton beach was packed with sunseekers this morning as revellers once again took to the sea in their droves

A woman in a pirate's costume sits on an inflatable whale while drinking from a drinks bottle on the River Cam in Cambridge

A woman in a pirate’s costume sits on an inflatable whale while drinking from a drinks bottle on the River Cam in Cambridge

A daredevil swimmer leaps off of the rock face and into the sea at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day

A man dives into the sea at Durdle Door

Daredevil swimmers leap off the rock face and into the sea at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day

A woman paddle boards on the River Cam in Cambridge as she enjoys soaring temperatures throughout Saturday afternoon

A woman paddle boards on the River Cam in Cambridge as she enjoys soaring temperatures throughout Saturday afternoon

In North Wales, described as being a scene of ‘bedlam’ on Friday, a councillor’s plea for visitors to avoid towns was ignored as the local police force reported a ‘considerable build up’ of traffic in Abersoch while drivers made their way to the beach.  

On Saturday a man in his 20s drowned in a water-filled quarry at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, after ‘getting into trouble in the water’.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am when the man was reported missing. 

Elsewhere, a hero builder rushed to save the life of a six-year-old boy who was found face down and unconscious in the water after he was swept out to sea on an inflatable swan at Black Rock Sands in North Wales. 

The grandfather, who was on the beach with his family when he heard the child’s mother shout for help, patted the boy on the back before he threw up and started breathing again. 

Record numbers packed the seafront on Friday, despite Government warnings, and with little signs of social distancing, on what was the UK's hottest August day since 2003. Pictured is Brighton beach on Saturday

Record numbers packed the seafront on Friday, despite Government warnings, and with little signs of social distancing, on what was the UK’s hottest August day since 2003. Pictured is Brighton beach on Saturday

The beach is packed with sunbathers and holidaymakers at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day. Lines of visitors to the beach can be seen paddling

The beach is packed with sunbathers and holidaymakers at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day. Lines of visitors to the beach can be seen paddling

Brighton beach was once again packed with sunseekers today as the heatwave that has been sweeping the UK continued

Brighton beach was once again packed with sunseekers today as the heatwave that has been sweeping the UK continued

Women donned bikinis before heading out into the sea to cool off during a day out at Bournemouth Beach earlier on Saturday

Women donned bikinis before heading out into the sea to cool off during a day out at Bournemouth Beach earlier on Saturday

A man sits on a narrow part of the cliff top at Durdle Door, Dorset, as temperatures soared. Beaches across the country were packed on Saturday as Brits made the most of the blue skies

A man sits on a narrow part of the cliff top at Durdle Door, Dorset, as temperatures soared. Beaches across the country were packed on Saturday as Brits made the most of the blue skies

In Dorset, cliff divers leapt head-first into the sea from Durdle Door – where three men had to be rushed to hospital in May for jumping from a height into the water.

Man’s body is pulled from a water-filled quarry after he ‘got into difficulty’ while swimming amid soaring temperatures 

A swimmer has died after getting ‘into difficulty’ in a water-filled quarry as temperatures soared.

The man’s body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn in Norfolk on Saturday, police confirmed. 

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am after the man was reported missing. 

Superintendent Malcolm Cooke, from Norfolk Constabulary, said: ‘Colleagues from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and East of England Ambulance Service assisted officers in the search.

The man's body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits

The man’s body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits

‘The body of the man was recovered from the water and he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this time.’

Four crews of firefighters used two rigid inflatable boats and a drone to search for any sign of the swimmer after he got into difficulty in the water.   

Norfolk Police confirmed they were called to ‘reports of a missing male who got into difficulty in the water.’

There have been frequent warnings about the dangers of swimming in the former quarry pits at Bawsey Country Park in recent years.

The former sand workings feature underwater obstructions and steep sides, meaning there are sudden changes in depth.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am

Signs are in place warning swimming is banned.

A 16-year-old boy from east London drowned at the pits in July 2013. A local man Ryan Pettegell, 41, also drowned on the same day after he he swam out to look for the missing boy.

A Norfolk Police police spokesperson said today; ‘Colleagues from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have been assisting officers in the search and the incident is ongoing.

Emergency services were forced to search for the swimmer

Emergency services were forced to search for the swimmer

‘No further details will be released at this stage and an update will be issued in due course.’

It comes as temperatures reached 95F at Frittenden in Kent early this afternoon. 

Saturday started with an ‘impressive’ 68F difference between parts of Scotland and south-east England, the Met Office pointed out.

Forecaster Marco Petagna earlier said a breeze along the North Sea coast would keep temperatures in the high teens there, while England and Wales would generally see the high 20Cs or low 30Cs – with cooler temperatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  

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Some were seen carrying inflatable rings as they made their way across the dangerous rock face. Dorset police previously described the danger posed by jumping from the cliff as ‘critical’ and two men in their 20s were left with life-changing injuries and another broke his leg after jumping from the cliff three months ago. 

Record numbers packed the seafront on Friday, despite Government warnings, and with little signs of social distancing, on what was the UK’s hottest August day since 2003. 

There were similar scenes again yesterday as staycationers in Bournemouth were seen emerging from tents they’d set up overnight to try and secure the best spots, while Sussex Police turned away cars from a full Camber Sands beach as early as 10am. 

Similarly, drivers reported 40-minute queues for car parks in Sandbanks, which filled up throughout the day. 

Thanet District Council in Kent warned that high tides at its beaches in Broadstairs and Margate make social distancing ‘difficult’, and asked visitors to ‘consider all the places you could visit’ along its 19 miles of coastline, ‘or come back when it’s quieter’. 

Much like Friday, crowds appeared unbothered by fears of coronavirus as groups mixed without masks – despite rising cases in the UK driving fears of a second wave. 

The chaos comes amid a plea for ‘bold’ young people to continue following social distancing rules as fears grow that they are catching the virus without knowing and passing it on to other members of their household.  

Meanwhile, the Local Government Association is calling for councils to be given more powers to shut down rule-breaking pubs nationwide, with revellers expected to pack into venues up and down the country once again later today. 

Dylan Bullard, a councillor from Pwllheli, North Wales, told the Telegraph the town was a scene of ‘bedlam’.

He added: ‘If you’re thinking of coming into town, please consider leaving it to later. The car parks are full and cars are parked illegally. Social distancing is impossible at the moment, and people are queuing to get into shops.’  

Saturday started with an ‘impressive’ 68F difference between parts of Scotland and south-east England, the Met Office pointed out.

Forecaster Marco Petagna earlier said a breeze along the North Sea coast would keep temperatures in the high teens there, while England and Wales would generally see the high 20Cs or low 30Cs – with cooler temperatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

London and the South East have endured sweltering heat over the past few days, with no let-up expected until the middle of next week.

The record for the hottest August day is 101.3F, set at Faversham on August 10 2003. 

The current record maximum temperature for the UK is 101.6F, reached in Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25 last year. 

Yesterday saw crowds of people heading for the coast, with images of packed beaches, traffic jams and full car parks shared widely on social media.

By the afternoon, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s beach check app showed 19 of its 24 beaches under red alert, warning people to avoid the areas because safe social distancing was not possible.

The Met Office issued a level three heat-health warning for the South and South East, meaning the public should look out for others, particularly the elderly, children and people in poor health.

Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in public health at Public Health England, said: ‘This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to Covid-19.

‘A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.’

But dark clouds are gathering on the horizon.

Dan Harris, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said thunderstorms are on the way, with some places likely to be hit with up to 80mm of rain in just a few hours.

‘We’ve issued a broad thunderstorm warning for Monday and Tuesday for all parts of the UK, since although the ingredients are there, it’s just too early to pinpoint the details of exactly where and when thunderstorms will occur,’ he said.

‘As such, we will be monitoring the developing signals closely and I urge people to keep a close eye on Met Office warnings and forecasts over the coming days.’  

It came after Preston’s director of public health warned mixing in pubs was to blame for the area being put back into lockdown, with almost half of the area’s new cases reported were among people aged 30 and younger.

The city council’s chief executive Adrian Phillips pleaded with young people to continue following the guidance and not risk infecting others.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I know our director of public health has said ‘don’t kill granny’ to young people to try and focus the message.

‘Young people are inevitably among the brave and the bold, they want to be adventurous and out and about but we know that they have the virus, are more likely to at the moment, they often have less symptoms but they do take it back to their household and the community spread we are seeing we believe in many cases are young people taking it home and catching the virus.

‘We’re going to have to repeat it and whether Radio 4 is the correct channel for that I’m not quite sure but we’re using multiple channels and we’re working with community groups who are doing peer to peer comms around.

Thousand of people took to the beach in Brighton. Crowds lined the beach with Brighton Pier seen in the distance

Thousand of people took to the beach in Brighton. Crowds lined the beach with Brighton Pier seen in the distance

A daredevil dives into the sea from the top of a cliff as other swimmers wait in the water below. The swimmers enjoyed the heat at Durdle Door in Dorset

A daredevil dives into the sea from the top of a cliff as other swimmers wait in the water below. The swimmers enjoyed the heat at Durdle Door in Dorset

‘It’s just trying so many different ways to get the message to all communities, to all areas of our city that the virus is still something to be really wary of.’

Mr Phillips also backed the LGA’s call for councils to have greater powers to close pubs to slow the spread of the pandemic.

‘You need responsive powers,’ he said. ‘It is useful to have something that can move quickly and we can make it entirely clear to the licensee or the operator what the consequences are.’

Licensing laws currently do not allow councils to take action on public health grounds, such as where Covid-19 guidelines are not being followed, instead relying on general health and safety legislation, which is less specific and makes it harder to intervene.

Boy, six, is swept out to sea on an inflatable swan before being revived by hero builder as scorching temperatures bring hordes of British sunseekers to the coast 

A hero builder rushed to save the life of a six-year-old boy yesterday after he was swept out to sea on an inflatable swan as Britons flocked to the coasts on one of the hottest days of the year.   

Sam McKeeder (pictured), 57, is a builder and granddad

Sam McKeeder (pictured), 57, is a builder and granddad

Sam McKeeder, from Towyn, said the boy was about 200 metres off the shore at Black Rock Sands in North Wales when he found him face-down and unconscious in the water.

The grandfather, who was on the beach with his family when he heard the child’s mother shout for help, patted the boy on the back before he threw up and started breathing again.

The dramatic rescue took place on a day when Britain’s beaches were packed for the second day running, as people all-but abandoned social distancing to bask in the sunshine. 

‘He was totally unconscious, I turned him around and patted him on his back and then a lot of water and sick came up, and he started breathing again,’ the granddad told North Wales Live

The boy’s father had been told to stay onshore by the coast guard while he called 999 and waited for his son and by the time the boy got to shore there were paramedics waiting for him. 

The boy was given oxygen and airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd by a coastguard rescue helicopter.  

Another man had tried to get to the boy too but the boy was too far away from shore the man was too exhausted.  

A spokesman for Holyhead Coastguard said: ‘I wish people would leave the inflatables at home as they are designed for swimming pool not for the sea.’   

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