Britain is officially hotter as Malta this week as the heatwave gripping the UK shows no signs of letting up.
Weather experts issued health warnings for parts of England, Scotland and Wales on Monday after forecasters predicted record-breaking temperatures as high as 35°C in the south-east.
In contrast, temperatures peaked at 31°C on Monday in Malta.
Across the UK, millions flocked to beaches and parks to enjoy the hottest day of the year as temperatures reached 33°C in Suffolk.
It’s likely that number could soar to 38°C by Thursday, making the UK 5°C hotter than Malta, Portugal, Barbados and Jamaica.
Forecasters and health experts urged the public to stay out of the sunshine and shut their windows every day this week as the fiery ‘Mediterranean melt’ – a blast of hot air from Spain – pushes temperatures higher.
The UK heatwave also claimed its first casualty on Monday as a man’s body was pulled from a river.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was spotted floating in the River Foss in York and was later confirmed to have drowned.
The nation is one step away from a level four weather warning – which would result in the declaration of a national emergency.
Britain is also set to record its driest summer for 225 years.
In Malta, the Met Office in Luqa issued an amber warning, predicting temperatures will reach around 34°C by the end of the week.
Maltese health officials advised people to take extra precautions to avoid sunburn and heatstroke.
The official guidance advises people to ‘stay out of the sun, keep drinking fluids and keep your home as cool as possible’.
It also urges people to check on neighbours living on their own who might be at risk.
Top sun safe tips
- Use at least factor 15 sunscreen in the sun and use plenty of it
- Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin – don’t forget your neck and ears and your head if you have thinning or no hair
- Wear sunglasses and a hat
- Take particular care if have fair skin, moles or freckles, red or fair hair, or light-coloured eyes.