THE North East has been put on heatwave alert by forecasters as the glorious sunny weather continues.
It means there is a chance temperatures could top 30C in the region before 8pm on Sunday.
The Met Office prediction came as beaches and parks are set to be packed this weekend as people enjoy the longest hot spell in seven years.
The mercury peaked at a sizzling 29C in some inland areas of the region yesterday, making it the hottest day of the year in the area so far.
The North East was the hottest part of the country yesterday, although it will be the South that is warmer over the weekend. Although the region basked in the sun, there were a few isolated thundershowers in parts of Northumberland.
But with the warm weather also came a warning for people to be on their guard.
A Met Office spokesman said: “With the high temperatures expected this weekend, the Met Office has issued a Level 2 Heat Health Alert for parts of England into the weekend. High levels of UV are also expected.”
The good news is that the warm weather is set to continue.
Meteogroup forecaster Tom Tobler said: “Temperatures will drop a few degrees on Sunday into next week, but we can’t see any sign of the hot weather changing over the next week.
“It’s been a very hot start to July and it’s likely to last a while longer, for the next one or two weeks.”
The weather has brought a welcome boost to tourism in the region, with young and old making the most of beaches, parks and outdoor attractions.
It’s been a very hot start to July and it’s likely to last for the next one or two weeks