The south may have been sizzling, but Blackpool finally got a little hot under the collar thanks to a belated blast of Mediterranean heat.
As health experts warned of severe heat trauma as the mercury topped 30 degrees celsius down south, the Fylde coast enjoyed a little summer warmth of its own yesterday and Thursday.
It was all set to come to a thunderous end today, but sunseekers enjoyed it while it lasted. Some of the animals at Blackpool Zoo enjoyed basking in the fine weather and managed to keep cool when the humidity struck.
Marketing and PR co-ordinator for Blackpool Zoo Jude Rothwell said: “The animals have been absolutely fine, the big cats enjoy the weather the most, you’ll find then chilling on a grass patch somewhere.
“Elephants also really like it and keep cool by hosing themselves down with water.
“Being that most of the animals are born in the UK and just off the mainland they are quite used to the ever-changing weather. However you have to keep the penguins cool with our fish ice lollies and we often put the sprinklers on when temperatures are at their peak.”
The weather also saw an influx of day trippers take to the beaches.
Coastguards were on patrol to make sure everyone stayed safe during as temperatures soared. Paul Little, station officer for Lytham and Blackpool Coastguard said: “We definitely saw a rise in numbers on the beaches but luckily no incidents occurred.
“We’re expecting some crowding over the weekend when the weather brightens up again.”
The weekend set to be just as humid with highs of 21 degrees, but weather experts have warned of thunderstorms on the way.