For most of the UK, the hot weather will continue into the weekend with temperatures hitting 29C today.

Yesterday, the country basked  – or sweated – in record-breaking September temperatures of 28C.

The sizzling heat was 10C higher than is usual for the UK this time of year.

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Dodgy aircon and long commutes left many Londoners gritting their teeth in an attempt not to complain about the heat yesterday

In a last-minute flood of bookings, thousands of Brits will be heading for the seaside this weekend.

The weather is beginning to turn, however, with outbreaks of rain spreading slowly southeastwards, reaching the western coasts of England and Wales.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, winds will be picking up over the weekend and in some places there will be heavy showers.

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For those who could take the day off, the heatwave was welcomed as a final chance to hit the beach

Meanwhile, Heathrow is preparing for snow after last winter’s fiasco which saw the airport grind to a standstill the Saturday before Christmas.

Airport operator BAA said Heathrow will have three times as much equipment and more staff to hand to deal with snow this winter.

New measures will include tripling the number of snow clearing vehicles to 185 and increasing staff available to clear snow from 117 per shift to 468.

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