No sign of mercury falling as UK’s first heatwave for seven years tightens grip; temperatures already up to 24C in Skegness by 10am

Sun worshippers enjoying the hot, sunny weather. Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Sun worshippers enjoying the hot, sunny weather. Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images.

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Britain is in the midst of its first heatwave for seven years - and there is no sign of the mercury plummeting any time soon.

Forecasters say the record for the warmest day of the year could be broken again, with temperatures expected to creep up as high as 32C (89.7F) in parts of England.

It means Britain will bask in its fifth consecutive day of 30C-plus temperatures - the first prolonged “heatwave” since 2006.

Gemma Plumb, forecaster with MeteoGroup - weather division of the Press Association - said: “There is no proper definition of ‘heatwave’ in the UK - but we are undoubtedly in the midst of one now.

“It is the longest period of hot weather since 2006, with prolonged temperatures above the average for the time of year.

“Normally we can expect it to reach 20-22C (68-71.6F) in England and Wales - today (Wednesday) parts of the Midlands, East Anglia, the south coast and London could see 30C-plus.”

And sun-worshippers can expect to enjoy balmy Britain for a while yet.

Miss Plumb said: “At the moment it looks as though the warm weather is going to stay well into next week at least.”