Phew what a scorcher! Northumberland sizzles in the heat

Splashing! Youngsters enjoy the glorious weather at Alnmouth beach. Picture by Jane Coltman
Splashing! Youngsters enjoy the glorious weather at Alnmouth beach. Picture by Jane Coltman

Swimming costumes and sun cream were the order of the day as north Northumberland sweltered on the hottest day of the year.

As the thermometers hit the high 20s, people headed for the beach to make the most of the glorious weather.

Everything stops for tea. 
Picture by Jane Coltman

Everything stops for tea. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Met Office said the highest maximum temperature in the North East today was recorded at Loftus in North Yorkshire - a scorching 27.6C. The lowest maximum temperature was 22.5C at Kielder Castle.

London claimed the UK’s top temperature, with St James Park reaching a staggering 30C.

But make the most of it. There’s a chance of thunder, wind rain and even hail to come.

The Met Office says tonight will be very warm and humid, with heavy thundery showers later.

It's not the Med, it's Alnmouth.  Picture by Jane Coltman

It's not the Med, it's Alnmouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

There’ll be clear skies at first with cloud developing through the night with heavy thundery showers, hail and occasionally gusty winds from the early hours. There’ll be a fresh breeze along the coast and a minimum temperature of 21C.

Tomorrow will stay warm and humid with heavy, thundery showers, gusty winds and a chance of hail affecting some areas. It will turn drier later in the evening. The maximum temperature will be 24C.

Looking ahead, it will feel a little fresher from Thursday with temperatures closer to normal. The forecast is for sunny periods and isolated showers, with these most likely on Friday.

Making sandcastles at Alnmouth beach.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Making sandcastles at Alnmouth beach. Picture by Jane Coltman

Youngsters have a plodge at Amble  Little Shore. 
Picture by Jane Coltman

Youngsters have a plodge at Amble Little Shore. Picture by Jane Coltman

Enjoying the glorious weather at Alnmouth beach.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Enjoying the glorious weather at Alnmouth beach. Picture by Jane Coltman

Sunshine all the way at Alnmouth.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Sunshine all the way at Alnmouth. Picture by Jane Coltman