The midday sunshine approaches on Bournemouth Beach where sunseekers are enjoying relaxing under the blue skies this morning

Parents have been told to keep their children indoors ahead of the longest heatwave in years, with temperatures set to soar to 33C from this weekend.

The mercury is expected to hit 28C (82.4F) in the south east this afternoon, with Britons expected to spend their weekends sat on the beaches and green spaces across England and Wales to make the most of the start of a hot spell for the UK.

Temperatures like this are surpassing holiday hotspots including Mykonos, with 23C (73.4F), and Split, with 24C (75F).

But Saturday’s hot and sunny weather is only the start – with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F).

With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light.

‘Make sure your children drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Remember drinking little and often is best,’ they wrote in a thread on Twitter.

‘Don’t allow your children to stay in the sun for long periods – and never leave them in a car on a hot day. Resting in the shade and finding cool places is important. When they are in the sun, children should wear light clothing that covers as much of their skin as possible.

The midday sunshine approaches on Bournemouth Beach where sunseekers are enjoying relaxing under the blue skies this morning

This weekend will likely see plenty of sunseekers like those pictured on Bournemouth Beach this morning, with temperatures expected to hit 30C (86F) on Sunday

Bournemouth Beach is pictured this morning, having already packed out with towels, tents and umbrellas to protect people from the scorching hot sun today, which could see temperatures as high as 28C (82.4F) later on

Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine at Bournemouth Beach this morning as temperatures in the south of England reach highs of 28C (82.4F) today

A man relaxes under blue skies at Bournemouth Beach. Temperatures like today’s 28C (82.4F) are surpassing holiday hotspots including Mykonos, with 23C (73.4F), and Split, with 24C (75F)

A man paddleboards with his dog on the waters at Bournemouth Beach as he enjoys the warm sunshine hitting Britain today

Saturday’s hot and sunny weather is only the start – with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F). A woman is pictured on Bournemouth beach getting ready for a day in the sun

With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light. People enjoy a walk in the early morning sunshine before 28C (82.4F) hitting the south of England later today

With one of the longest stretches of piping hot weather ahead, NHS Sheffield Foundations Trust have warned the parents of the UK to not let children run around in the sun, and if they are being exposed, to keep clothing light. Pictured, people running by the sea at Bournemouth Beach early this morning

The UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 heat-health alert yesterday, warning ahead of the heatwave, up from the Level 2 alert which had been in place. The new warning runs from 9am next Monday until 9am next Friday. Pictured, women on a run by Bournemouth Beach this morning

‘Even if they’re covered up, make sure they’re covered in a high factor sun cream.’

They also identified the first signs of a child who is overheating, becoming grumpy or complain of a headache, adding that if this happens, they should be brought into a shaded place which is as cool as possible: ‘Remove any clothing you can, give them water to drink and get them to rest.’

The UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 heat-health alert yesterday, warning ahead of the heatwave, up from the Level 2 alert which had been in place. The new warning runs from 9am next Monday until 9am next Friday.

People have been preparing for the heat and high UV levels later on today by piling on the suncream at Bournemouth Beach

One woman on Bournemouth Beach brought her laptop with her to enjoy the sunshine while working ‘remotely’ from ‘home’

The blue skies at Bournemouth Beach led people to take to the water for some rest bite, with the temperatures expected to reach a high of 28C later on today 

The Level 3 alert covers the East of England, South East and London regions – and warns Britons to ‘look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions’.

It also urges people to ‘close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors’, and ‘drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot’. Level 3 is defined as ‘heatwave action’; Level 2 is ‘alert and readiness’. 

Red Cross climate manager Maarten van Aalst said that sports days at schools on the final week of term may have to be rearranged, adding that parents should try to keep children ‘in a cool spot’ like a forest or pool, he told the Telegraph.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told MailOnline that the usual advice for heatwaves apply, with the sun being its strongest between 11am and 3pm, avoid the sunshine – both children and adults. He added that it’s best to drink lots of water and to stay inside instead of outside during the peak heat of the day.

People enjoy warm, sunny weather in London’s Hyde Park this morning, with some taking to Boris Bikes, as the country experience a heatwave that is set to last for over a week

People in enjoy various sports as they traipse through London’s Hyde Park on wheeled boards while holding sticks in the morning sunshine

People taking the opportunity to go for a run in the morning sunshine before the hot 28C (82.4F) temperatures hitting the south later today

A man takes the steps into the Serpentine Lido in London’s Hyde Park this morning ahead of Britain’s scorching 28C (82.4F) high forecaster later on today

Temperatures are expected to hit 30C (86F) tomorrow, then we are expected to reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F)

Saturday’s hot and sunny weather with highs of 28C (82.4F) is only the start – with temperatures itching up day by day until we reach a peak on Monday and Tuesday with a scorching 32C (89.6F). Pictured, people walking out early before temperatures rise in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

People out walking early this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire. Parents have been told to keep their children indoors ahead of the longest heatwave in years, with temperatures set to soar to 33C from this weekend

The high pressure dominating much of the UK will see plenty of sunshine at many parts of the weekend, with bits of cloud in Northern Ireland and Scotland, he added.

‘It looks like that pressure holds on early next week,’ he said. ‘It may start to come down Tuesday and Wednesday, where temperatures will lower and there will be a rest bite later in the week.

‘Very similar to today’s 28C (82.4F), tomorrow will see lots of sunshine across the UK with temperatures up to around 30C (86F) as a maximum.’

After this weekend, Monday could see temperatures go as high as 32C (89.6F) in parts of the south and south east of England, 33C (91.4F) on Tuesday, and 31C (87.8F) on Wednesday. 

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By Jon Doe