SUNSEEKERS made the most of the Indian summer as temperatures in Hartlepool reached the mid-70s yesterday.
After a bleak summer spoiled by rain, cool temperatures and strong winds, folks made the most of the unexpectedly warm weather by heading straight for the beach.
A high-pressure system over the continent means the UK is in for a stretch of sunny skies and temperatures well above average for the time of year.
The hot, dry air from southern Europe is expected to push temperatures up to highs of 25C by Saturday, a good 10C above the norm and hotter than parts of Hawaii.
After one of the coldest summers in recent years, roads are expected to be crammed this week as sunseekers flock to the coast.
Supermarkets are reportedly ordering in extra stocks of sausages and burgers for what could be the last chance for a BBQ before the cold months draw in.
Daniel Simpson, manager of Poundstretcher, at Tees Bay Retail Park, in Hartlepool, said he had seen a change in buyer’s trends since the hot weather arrived with water pistols and cold drinks being the order of the day yesterday.
“We’ve had a lot of people coming in for summer toys,” he said. “We’re selling a lot of water guns, we’ve sold about 10 up to now which is different from a normal day in September.”
According to Met Office experts, the warm spell will carry on throughout today with highs of 24C and 11mph winds.
The heat will continue into Friday with temperatures reaching 25C, however, cloud cover is expected to creep in by late afternoon.
Saturday, it seems, will see the last of the sunshine particularly in the morning when sunshine and cloud is forecast, with cloud and showers taking over later that day.
And by Sunday the town’s sunny spell is expected to turn back into more autumnal conditions, with cloud and rain foreseen for the day.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “We’re delighted to hear that people are enjoying the sunshine in Hartlepool!
“We haven’t had the best of summers, so our advice would be to make the most of the next few days because once the cold nights draw in then summer will officially be over.”
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