A heatwave is doing its part for the millions of England fans set to watch the Three Lions’ World Cup showdown with Sweden.
But will England give them something to celebrate in the glorious sunshine and 33C heat?
Saturday afternoon is set to be a scorcher as a record 30 million people watch the quarter final clash on TV.
Temperatures could be the hottest of the year so far as football fans battle the heat as well as their nerves – but there is a risk of isolated showers in some places.
Porthmadog in Wales is the current record holder, reaching 33C exactly on June 28, but this weekend the thermometer could edge just above it.
But the sweltering conditions pose a health risk, especially to vulnerable Brits including the elderly.
The Met Office and Public Health England this week upgraded their heatwave alert to amber – the second highest level, below red – for western regions of England.
A yellow alert is in place for eastern regions.
The alerts mean people should take precautions to avoid being struck down by heat-related illnesses.
Football fans will be lighting up their barbecues, stocking their fridges with beer and gathering in huge numbers to watch the World Cup action from the Cosmos Arena in Samara, Russia.
Here at home, fans are expected to sink around 38 million pints, with supermarkets braced for a beer and food frenzy.
Big screens have been set up for supporters in many cities, and street parties are planned all over England.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said temperatures in London and south east are likely to reach 31C and 32C, with isolated weather stations potentially reaching 33C on Saturday and possibly Sunday.
We could well see the hottest day of the year so far this weekend. It’s only got to go to 33.1C (91.6F) and you’re there, she said.
The football starts at 3pm, and temperatures are set to reach their highest in the afternoon.
Everywhere across the south will enjoy temperatures in the high 20s and even low 30s, but almost the entire country will be feeling the heat.
It’s not just in the south east, but the peak is likely to be the south east over the weekend, Ms Maxey said.
She also warned of isolated showers in London on Saturday, potentially in the afternoon.
I don’t suppose anybody minds. They’re all going to be inside watching the football, she joked.
While the hot weather is ideal for a big celebration, the continuing heatwave is causing problems for water companies, which are urging customers to curb their use to prevent potential hosepipe bans.
United Utilities – which serves the North West – said it urgently needed help and support to stop a ban from coming into force, while a hosepipe ban is into its second week in Northern Ireland.
The amber and yellow heatwave alerts will remain in place to the middle of next week when temperatures take a slight dip.
The elderly, young children and those with heart and lung conditions are at greater risk.
Public Health England said it has seen an increase in cases of sunburn, sunstroke, heatstroke and insect bites during the two-week heatwave.
It has offered the following advice to beat the heat
Children and pets should not be left alone in cars.
Amber, or level three, is the second highest level on the heatwave scale. It is issued when the thresholds have been exceeded.
A red alert, or level four, is issued when a prolonged hot spell becomes severe. At that level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups, the Met Office said.
Next week, a colder front will come into Scotland and move south across the country causing temperatures to drop to the low 20s in the east and north east.
Still above average for the time of year, but perhaps a bit of respite from that intense heat that we’ve been seeing in places.
Just for the east side of the country. The south and central areas are likely to continue with the higher 20s, Ms Maxey said.
The UK’s heatwave comes as temperature records around the world have fallen during a week of unprecedented and deadly heat that has added to the global warming debate.
June was the hottest on record for Northern Ireland and Wales, and the fourth hottest for Scotland and England.
The average maximum daytime temperature of 19.9C tied with June 1976 for the second hottest ever.
Some places in the UK also had their driest June on record.
Temperatures have soared around the world, including in Oman in the Middle East, where residents in Quriyat saw the hottest nighttime temperature ever recorded in the world.
Temperatures stayed above 42.6C for 51 straight hours last week.
In Canada, the province of Quebec has had record highs during a heatwave blamed for at least 54 deaths.
Many of the victims were over 65 and had prior physical or mental health ailments.
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