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Monday, 30 July, 2001, 09:09 GMT 10:09 UK
Heatwave to continue in south of England
Hornsea, East Yorkshire
Good weather means Britons head for the beaches
The south of England is enjoying another day of scorching temperatures as the heatwave continues.

But northern Scotland and Northern Ireland could see clouds and even a heavy downpour.

And even in the south, the hottest weather may have passed.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 28C (83F) or 29C (84F) on Monday.

The BBC Weather Centre's David Braine said: "In the south it will probably hold on for a good part of this week.

It has certainly the busiest weekend of the year

Marcus Hayakawa Brighton seafront co-ordinator
"Things could change. We have had our hottest day - it could cool down over the next three or four days."

The good weather has brought a welcome boost to the British tourism industry which has been hit hard by the foot-and-mouth crisis.

Hoteliers in many coastal resorts said they were fully booked for the weekend.

Hotter than Hawaii

Thousands flocked to Brighton to make the most of temperatures of more than 30C (86F).

Seafront Co-ordinator, Marcus Hayakawa, said: "It has certainly the busiest weekend of the year.

"It has been chock-a-block."

British Tourist Authority spokesman Elliott Frisby said: "It's great to see British people taking the opportunity to get out into the countryside.

"I'm sure this will be a boost for tourism after the problems of foot-and-mouth."

Holidaymakers in Spain
12 million Britons are expected to visit Spain this summer

London's Heathrow Airport was the hottest place in the UK for the second day running on Sunday with the temperature hitting 31.9C (90F) - making it hotter than Hawaii - following a peak of 31.6C (90F) on Saturday.

Thousands of holidaymakers are heading for holiday destinations in Spain and elsewhere, with many currently cooler than Heathrow.

But there have been no reports of large numbers cancelling to spend their holiday at home.

Popular destinations

Popular destinations in Spain include Malaga, Palma, Seville and Barcelona.

Much of Britain escaped Sunday's heatwave, with temperatures in the north west in the mid-20sC (high-70sF).

Buckingham Palace Gardens
Tesco sold more than 10 million ice lollies on Friday

Belfast was in the low-20sC (low to mid-70sF) and in northern Scotland the temperature was as cool as 14C (57F).

But at least one record was broken on Saturday with RAF Waddington recording Lincolnshire's highest ever "night minimum", the overnight temperature not dropping beneath 19.7C (67.5F).

The hot weather also saw Tesco break a sales record.

The supermarket chain said it sold more than 10 million ice lollies on Friday.

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