The heat is on

SCARBOROUGH is set for a scorching Saturday on what could be Britain’s hottest October day on record.

An influx of visitors are expected to descend on the town giving a welcome boost to the local economy when activities are normally winding down.

A series of events, including the first Scarborough Surf Festival, were already expected to attract thousands of tourists and the blistering weather is only expected to swell the numbers.

It is predicted that temperatures will hit 24C (75F) in Scarborough today, while in other parts of the country they could hit the 30C (86F) mark.

This compares favourably to Spain, where temperatures of 29C (84.2F) have been felt this week, while in Greece they ranged between 26C (78.8F) and 28C (82.4F).

Yesterday was the hottest September 30 for more than 100 years – with records being broken across the country as temperatures hit 84F.

However, the hot weather was not good news for everyone.

Steve Nasir, animal collection manager at Flamingo Land, said the temperatures had thrown up a series of issues.

He said two Caribbean flamingos have laid eggs and started to nest four months after the usual time.

“The weather has thrown them out,” Mr Nasir added. “If the eggs were left to hatch there would not be enough daylight hours and the quality of sunlight would be low. We’re going to have to put them in incubation.”

However, other inhabitants were revelling in the soaring heat.

“The penguins are buzzing about like it’s spring time,” he said. “Normally at this time they’re feeding and resting but they think it’s breeding time again.

“We’ve also just had the birth of a Brazilian tapir. Normally it would be a bit chilly but it’s had a bit of a head start. The joey kangaroos are also playing around rather than sitting in their mother’s pouches.”

Samantha I’anson, of the Scarborough Sea Life centre, said: “Our penguins are loving it because they’re originally from Chile and South Peru so they’re used to the warm weather.

“The otters have just been having a nap in the sun so they’re happy as well.

“The staff are in good moods because it means they don’t have to stand out in the cold whey they’re giving their talks. We don’t have any extra staff on but we’re all getting prepared.”