Summer holiday plans may have been scuppered by the pandemic but there's no need to be too down-hearted with Britain set to be even hotter than the Caribbean over the next few days.

The UK will experience some of the hottest temperatures of the year from tomorrow - and the good news is it it set to last until early next week.

The Met Office has issued a heat health alert for parts of England, including Watford, into next week.

The warning, issued on Thursday, reads: "There is a 90 per cent probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 12pm on Thursday and 9pm on Tuesday in parts of England."

Although we may not see record-breaking temperatures in Watford, the Met Office is forecasting blue skies and scorching temperatures for the town and surrounding areas.

A word of caution from Public Health England though, which is urging vulnerable people and youngsters, in particular, to behave responsibly with the country still in the midst of a pandemic.

This includes socially distancing and wearing face coverings where possible.

Despite cases being low in Hertfordshire, the county's Public Health director, Dr Jim McManus, says Hertfordshire is "not out of the woods yet".

Here's a breakdown of what the weather will be like over the next few days, although the weather forecast is, of course, subject to change.

Friday August 7

Friday is set to be the hottest day in our area where temperatures are predicted to reach 33 degrees celcius.

There will be blue sky from the moment we wake up tomorrow, although it will cloud over by the early evening.

Saturday August 8

An almost identical day of weather forecast for Saturday although we may see a few more cloudy spells during the day. Top temperatures of 32 degrees celcius.

Sunday August 9

Temperatures are set to dip slightly but we should still hit the magic 30 degrees celcius. A much brighter day is forecast and are set to sunshine from dawn until dusk.

Monday August 10

No Monday blues with the hot weather set to continue into the new week. It actually may even be hotter than Sunday. There is a chance of a shower, which may be much-needed, during the middle of the day.

Tuesday August 11

The heatwave continues for a fifth day with more sunshine forecast. There is a risk of a bit of rain in the early morning and evening.

Wednesday August 12

Temperatures are set to remain in the very high twenties but there is a chance of more rain showers.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: "Although much of the UK can expect a spell of warm and sunny weather lasting into early next week, it’s going to turn very hot for parts of England and Wales with temperatures widely reaching above 30C on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"Met Office heatwave criteria will be reached over southeast England.

"Tomorrow (Friday) is likely to be the hottest day with temperatures of 34C in parts of southeast England.

"It’s possible temperatures could reach similar levels on Saturday, before falling slightly on Sunday."

The Met Office has issued a health warning ahead of this weekend.

The forecaster had previously issued a Heat Health alert Level Two warning - but this has now been raised to three for the south east.

The 'Amber' level three warning urges people take 'heatwave action' and is triggered when the Met Office confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90 per cent confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met.

"This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups," says the Met Office.

Health authorities are encouraging those most vulnerable – many of whom have been shielding during the lockdown – to protect themselves amid the “exceptionally hot weather forecast this week”.

Public Health England (PHE) said older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children were all more at risk from the higher temperatures.

People have been advised to keep cool and stay hydrated where possible.