BOOZY Brits have hit the town to make the most of the heatwave as the mercury hits 27C.

Drinks have been poured up and down the country as most parts of the UK were bathed in glorious sunshine.

While many people have been flocking to the seaside in an attempt to keep cool, others have been enjoying a cold one in bars and pubs.

Racegoers at Newbury, Berkshire, were in high spirts for the Super Sprint Saturday with many raising a glass to the event.

Meanwhile in Leeds, the Otley Runners downed a pint or two in the sweltering Saturday sun.

Over in Bristol, many party goers took to the water with a drink in hand for the Bristol Harbourside Festival.

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Government scientists though are pleading with Brits not to drink alcohol and stick to water instead.

They also claim coffee drinkers should cut down on their consumption too.

Booze and coffee should be avoided because they are a diuretic – meaning you wee and sweat more and therefore lose more fluid.

This is dangerous in a heatwave as you put yourself at risk of dehydration which can cause headaches, dizziness, sickness and tiredness.

Ministers will hold an emergency Cobra meeting on Saturday after meteorologists warned of record high temperatures in England that could put lives at risk.

Cabinet Office minister Kit Malthouse is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra civil contingencies committee to discuss the escalating heatwave, a Government spokesman said.

Meteorologists have given an 80 per cent chance of the mercury topping the UK's record temperature of 38.7C set in Cambridge in 2019, with the current heatwave set to peak on Tuesday.

The mercury is set to rise to a scorching 27C later today in the Southeast, according to the Met Office.

Forecaster Alex Deakin this morning said today will be a “fine sunny day” for almost all of the country.

He says temperatures will remain “pleasantly warm” and tonight will be cooler than we have seen earlier in the week.

It comes as the Met Office yesterday issued a red "danger to life" weather warning ahead of a three-day scorcher starting tomorrow.

Its forecasters expect temperatures to climb to the mid-30s across much of England over the coming days.

Brits were cautioned over an "exceptional hot spell on Monday and Tuesday leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure".

The Met Office issued its red warning this morning, declaring the heat blast could spark "population-wide adverse health effects" adding it could lead to "serious illness or danger to life".

It also suggested people would need to work from home, insisting "substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be required".

The UK Health Security Agency has increased its heat health warning from level three to level four – a "national emergency".

Level four is reached "when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system… At this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups," it said.

The Met Office red warning, for Monday and Tuesday, covers an area from London up to Manchester, and up to the Vale of York.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbours, now is the time to make sure they're putting suitable measures in place to be able to cope with the heat because if the forecast is as we think it will be in the red warning area, then people's lives are at risk.

"This is a very serious situation."

It comes as the mercury soared to a whopping 32C on Monday in Northolt, West London, the Met Office revealed.

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The UK's record high for 2022 currently stands at 32.7C, recorded at Heathrow on June 17.

The highest recorded temperature recorded in the UK hit 38.7C at Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019.

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