Britons are getting their sun hats and sun cream back out today as they enjoy a scorching midweek heatwave. Temperatures will soar as high as 82F (28C) in the South East tomorrow after making it up to 73F (23C) today. The Met Office has forecast extended dry spells across the UK as the country enjoys ‘lovely summer weather’ and there is good news on the horizon, with ‘dry and warm’ temperatures expected over the next fortnight.

The weather into July is also promising after the Met Office said of ‘some very warm or even hot spells at times’. The mercury usually hits 68F (20C) in London during mid June and up to 66F (19C) nationally for the time of year, but a south westerly flow from the Azores is making the UK even hotter, a fortnight into meteorological summer. This will bring unwelcome news for hayfever sufferers with a very high pollen count in England and Wales. The count is lower in Scotland, while ultraviolet levels are expected to be moderate for most of country today.

Meanwhile those visiting Spain this week are set for a scorcher as temperatures hit 104F (40C) in Seville. Most of Europe will be hotter than United Kingdom, but London will be warmer than the 72F (22C) in Berlin tomorrow. Bookmaker Ladbrokes is offering 7/4, down from 2/1, that Britain will see the hottest summer on record this year. It is also 2/1, down from 4/1, that the UK reaches at least 86F (30C) this week and a hosepipe ban is priced at 4/1. The hottest day of the year so far was recorded last month when Lossiemouth in Moray made it up to 85F (29,4C).

Tens of thousands of ‘man in the moon’ jellyfish have been washed up on a popular West Country beach. The discovery at Saunton Sands has sparked fears of deadly Portuguese men o’ war drifting towards UK shores. The mass stranding of moon jellyfish, which have ‘faces’ like the man in the moon, was seen at the Devon beach.

Local nature lover Rob Jutsum posted pics of the jellyfish washed up across the four mile beach. Saunton Sands attracts thousands of families in the summer and has been rated as one of Europe’s best. Moon jellyfish are relatively harmless but Mr Justsum also saw a number of more fearsome barrel jellyfish. These can deliver a powerful sting and that has led to fears that Portuguese men o’ war will be following them. The men o’ war terrors have lethal tentacles reaching out 160ft , the same as five London buses in a row.

They float inches below surface and just one sting can leave a swimmer in agony and could even kill. The first reported person to die from a Portuguese man o’ war sting in Europe was in Mediterranean in 2010. Maria Furcas 69 years old suffered a reaction after being stung on the leg at Porto Tramatzu near Cagliari, Sardinia. Brixham coastguard in Devon said age of the person stung normally determines if they need medical help. The Marine Conservation Society said rise in jellyfish around the British coast ‘can no longer be ignored’. The Dorset Wildlife Trust told that barrel jellyfish should not be touched even if they look dead as they can still sting.

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