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Usk scoops Wales’ top temperature spot as UK enjoys hottest day of the year

Sun-worshippers in Wales enjoyed the hottest day of the year today as temperatures soared to nearly 30°C in some parts of the country.

The highest temperature was recorded in Usk, which basked in 29.4°C (84.5°F) sunshine, and was closely followed by Cardiff (28.9°C) and Sennybridge in Powys (27.2°C).

Previously, Wales’ hottest day of 2013 was recorded in Cardiff last Sunday on July 7, when temperatures reached 28.3°C.

In London, the mercury tipped 31°C (87.8°F) at Heathrow, eclipsing 2013’s previous high of 29.9°C (85.8°F) on July 8.

Today, the organisers of Swansea Air Show advised visitors to wear sun cream and suitable clothing as they enjoyed displays by the Red Arrows, a Battle of Britain memorial flight and a display by an RAF Typhoon fighter jet.

Meanwhile, at the Wakestock festival in Abersoch, organisers told festival-goers to simply “grab an ice cream, kick back and enjoy the sunshine”.

In South Wales, visitors to the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival were looking for ice creams, sorbets and cool drinks among the 100 food and drink stalls lining the city’s waterfront.

Elsewhere, on a weekend of big events across the UK, thousands of revellers at Scotland’s biggest music festival enjoyed the eclectic T in the Park line-up – which included headliner Rihanna – in a second day of sunshine.

Retailers once again reported rocketing sales as a result of the baking conditions.

Asda said sales of barbecues soared – 204% in the past two weeks, plus charcoal and fuel up 176%.

 


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The supermarket also said shoppers were keen to cool off with paddling pool sales up 446% and sales of garden furniture blossoming 44%.

Last weekend alone, Asda sold three million sausages and 1.4 million burgers.

Tesco predicted it would sell nine million sausages this weekend and sales of its summer fruits rocketed.

Many shoppers were avoiding stressful, sweaty trips to the shops, instead sparking an internet frenzy by splashing out thousands on supplies.

Online retailer Amazon said compared with this time last year, sales increased by 816% for paddling pools, 519% for sprinklers and sprayers, 543% for patio chairs and loungers and 145% for sun skincare products.

Meanwhile, bookies across the UK were fearing their liabilities on temperatures hitting the 100°F mark (37.7°C) could soon reach £1m, as punters continue to place their bets.

David Stevens of Coral said: “We know that 70% of us check the weather forecast at least once a day, suggesting we might be obsessed by it – that’s why we have seen a record number of hot weather-related bets.”

Met Office forecaster Charles Powell yesterday said the continued hot spell shows no sign of ending, as temperatures are set to remain in the mid to high 20s well into next week.

Although tomorrow morning is set to be cloudy, the sun is expected to break through, with temperatures hovering around 26°C throughout Wales and the superstitious will not need to worry about rain falling on St Swithin’s Day.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to bring more cloud, but temperatures will stay in the mid 20s.

Across the border, the heat has prompted warnings from health authorities, urging the public to take care in the potentially “dangerous” heatwave conditions.

Level two alerts issued by the Met Office are in place across most of England, preparing the public for the possibility of heatwave conditions, which it says can have a significant impact on health.

Although no such warnings have been issued in Wales, a spokeswoman for Public Health Wales said: “Heatwaves can be especially dangerous for the very young, the very old or those with chronic diseases.

“Too much heat or sun can result in heat exhaustion or more serious heat stroke.”

She added the risks could be minimised by staying indoors in the midday sun, keeping rooms shaded and cool by closing blinds and opening windows, avoiding strenuous outdoor activities, drinking plenty of water and taking a cool bath or shower.

Emergency Services personnel have also warned against the temptation to cool down in the current hot spell by swimming in open waters, after three people died in the West Midlands over the past week.

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