Scorchio!

beachBeing the hottest weekend of the year, several people would enjoy the heat by hitting the beach in Britain.

Parts of East Anglia and the South East will sizzle at 31C (88F). This temperature is even more than Tenerife and Malaga being the foreign holiday favourites. The mercury might even scale up and reach 32C (90F), according to the forecasters.

Yesterday at Bournemouth, Dorset, in the 31C heat, seven miles of beach was packed by about 60,000 sun seekers.

A beach polo event was organised that was enjoyed by wealthy socialites at Sandbanks beach in neighbouring Poole.

An health alert has been issued by the Met Office following the heatwave.

There might be some respite in the night in parts of the South East, where temperatures might take a dip to get below 20C (68F).

Wayne Elliott, the Met's head of health forecasting, said, "While there is the possibility of daytime temperatures reaching trigger thresholds, it is the night-time values which are of real concern. High humidity and the lack of any breeze could make matters worse for people with underlying health problems."

The temperature is expected to come down on Monday with rains.