UK weather – ‘Pollen bomb’ misery for millions on 30C hottest day of the year as Euro 2020 kicks off with heatwave

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FOOTBALL fans will bask in 30C heat as England face Croatia in Euro 2020 on the hottest weekend of the year.

But its not all good news – as the UK will be hit by a “pollen bomb” causing hay-fever misery for millions.

🔵 Read our UK weather live blog for the latest forecasts

A fogbow over the historic Corfe Castle, in Dorset

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A fogbow over the historic Corfe Castle, in DorsetCredit: BNPS
The unique fogbow is a similar phenomenon to a coloured rainbow - though much smaller water droplets mean only white light can be seen through the fog

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The unique fogbow is a similar phenomenon to a coloured rainbow – though much smaller water droplets mean only white light can be seen through the fogCredit: BNPS
Emma Charlotte, 21, and friend Alisha Le Pla, 22, from Southampton fly the flag for England on Bournemouth beach

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Emma Charlotte, 21, and friend Alisha Le Pla, 22, from Southampton fly the flag for England on Bournemouth beachCredit: The Sun
Pals Julia, Kate and Iryna from east London enjoy the water at Southend, Essex

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Pals Julia, Kate and Iryna from east London enjoy the water at Southend, EssexCredit: The Sun
Sunbathers soak up the rays outside beach huts in Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Sunbathers soak up the rays outside beach huts in Lyme Regis, DorsetCredit: ©Graham Hunt
Visitors enjoying the warm hazy sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

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Visitors enjoying the warm hazy sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in DorsetCredit: ©Graham Hunt
NHS nurses Kelly, Leona, Lou and Rozlin who all work at Basildon Hospital

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NHS nurses Kelly, Leona, Lou and Rozlin who all work at Basildon HospitalCredit: The Sun

After a warm and muggy week, temperatures will be rising once more.

We could see highs of 28C today, 29C tomorrow and a whopping 30C on Monday.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “If you like sunny skies then you’re in for a bit of a treat because most parts of the UK will see an awful lot of blue sky on Saturday and Sunday.

“Saturday will be a cracking day if you like summer sunshine with temperatures generally in the mid to high twenties.

“On Sunday, we will see temperatures rising further, more widely over 27C and we could get 28C or maybe 29C across the south east.”

It is perfect timing as England begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Sunday afternoon against Croatia – the team that knocked them out of the World Cup three years ago.

But fans are warned UV levels will be “high or very high” and Britain’s grass pollen count could cause problems for hay fever suffers.

The Met Office has issued warnings over “very high” pollen counts right across the country.

It is likely to leave sufferers with sore and itchy eyes and non-stop runny noses.

Temperatures are set to hit highs of 29C in some areas on Sunday

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Temperatures are set to hit highs of 29C in some areas on SundayCredit: MET OFFICE
Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the first day of the South of England Show in Ardingly, Sussex

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Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the first day of the South of England Show in Ardingly, SussexCredit: Alamy
Visitors on the seafront enjoying the warm hazy sunshine in Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Visitors on the seafront enjoying the warm hazy sunshine in Lyme Regis, DorsetCredit: ©Graham Hunt
A paddle boarder walking across the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

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A paddle boarder walking across the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in DorsetCredit: ©Graham Hunt
Seagulls and beachgoers at Camber Sands, East Sussex

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Seagulls and beachgoers at Camber Sands, East Sussex
The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall

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The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West CornwallCredit: PA

Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “Pollen rates for the whole of England and Wales are very high for the next five days.

“It’s going to be quite uncomfortable for those who get it really badly.

“The UV levels are also very high over the weekend which means people could burn quite in a short space of time without realising.”

As many as 13 million people suffer with hayfever in the UK.

The warmer weather marks the start of a British heatwave lasting well into next week.

John Hammond, of Weather Trending told the Sun Online: “It’s certainly going to be the hottest spell of the year so far, specifically across the more southern and eastern parts of the UK.

“It’ll be quite muggy air too. This is what’s called Tropical Maritime Air, and may well carry a fair bit of cloud.

“Through Saturday and Sunday, as high pressure builds across the country, 30 degrees or more is quite possible.”

The Met Office said in its blog that temperatures will be so high, particularly in the south, that “some areas may reach heatwave criteria”.

A heatwave is defined by forecasters as an uninterrupted period of exceptionally high temperatures.

The Met Office’s Oli Claydon said that the south east corner – including East Anglia and Cambridgeshire – is “where the better weather is”.

A woman walks her dog in front of the fountains at Battersea Park in south London

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A woman walks her dog in front of the fountains at Battersea Park in south LondonCredit: LNP
A couple continued reading their books as a massive sea fret descended upon the beach at Camber Sands, East Sussex

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A couple continued reading their books as a massive sea fret descended upon the beach at Camber Sands, East Sussex
Ardingly's South of England Show in Sussex has attracted thousands of visitors

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Ardingly’s South of England Show in Sussex has attracted thousands of visitorsCredit: Alamy
Horses in action at the first day of the South of England Show in Ardingly, Sussex

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Horses in action at the first day of the South of England Show in Ardingly, SussexCredit: Alamy
Hay fever suffers have been warned pollen levels will be high or very high this weekend

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Hay fever suffers have been warned pollen levels will be high or very high this weekendCredit: MET OFFICE

And the Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said things “will also be turning increasingly humid as a southwesterly flow pulls up sub-tropical air”.

He added: “It is possible that 30C will be pipped more than once in the south between Friday and Monday.

“Nighttime temperatures will also be high in the southern half of the UK, perhaps not falling below 19C on Saturday night.

“In the north it won’t be as warm, but northeastern Scotland could see temperatures into the mid 20Cs on Sunday.

“Coming after the prolonged cool period in April and May this is the weather doing a complete U turn.”

The warmest day of the year so far was June 2 when the mercury soared to 28.3C in Northolt, West London.

But this weekend’s temperatures may well see this record beaten.

Bookies Ladbrokes has said that “temperatures will smash 30C this week” and has odds of this month going down as the hottest ever at 4/6.

It also has a 4/5 shot for a hosepipe ban to be issued anywhere in the UK this month.

The highest temperature ever recorded in June was 35.6C in Southampton on June 28, 1976.

Two friends head to the South of England Show in Ardingly, Sussex

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Two friends head to the South of England Show in Ardingly, SussexCredit: Alamy
Members of the public cool off in the fountains at Battersea Park in south London

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Members of the public cool off in the fountains at Battersea Park in south LondonCredit: LNP
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