Sun-worshiping Brits who have ditched their holidays abroad this summer in favour of ‘staycations’ will receive a treat this weekend as large swathes of the UK experience a heatwave. Temperatures in parts of the south-east and London will surge well above the mediocre 30 degrees celsius in store for places like Benidorm, Ibiza and Tenerife. The Met Office has issued an amber warning, urging people to be careful, wear sun cream, and drink plenty of water. But with coronavirus cases appearing to climb, scientists and No 10 advisers will undoubtedly be nervous of images of large gatherings on beaches and individuals flouting the rules – especially in areas with increased restrictions – over the scorching weekend.

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