Britain is expected to sizzle in temperatures reaching up to 37C on Friday.

The heatwave is expected to last through the weekend, with 35C possible on Saturday and 30C on Sunday.

Met Office forecasters described the intense heat arriving tomorrow as 'Furnace Friday', saying Britain should brace for some "exceptional heat".

Aidan McGivern, also a forecaster for the Met Office, added: “If everything comes together, there's a possibility we will see 37C or 38C. 36C is most likely.

“Truly exceptional heat will arrive during Friday as southerly winds waft our way.

“There's a cooling trend over the weekend, with a thundery breakdown in the middle of next week.”

But, while the mercury rising might be great news for some, the sweltering conditions could make for an uncomfortable few days.

Here's some quirky top tips on how to beat the heat:

The country is set to bake in scorching temperatures thanks to the 'Saharan sizzle'

1 Suck on an ice cube or eat an ice lolly

2 Put a cold wet flannel on your forehead

3 Gardeners – try using the spray watering bottle on yourself, but take out weedkiller first

4 Stick your clothes – or undies – in the freezer for a few minutes before putting them on

5 Make your own paper fan 

6 Loiter in the freezer section at a supermarket

7 Have an ice bath

8 Or if that’s too much, try an ice foot bath – the soles of your feet are especially sensitive to temperature changes

9 Wear sunscreen – sunburn can cause dehydration and make it harder for your body to cool itself down

10 Hang a wet sheet in front of the window to lower a room’s temperature

11 Shade yourself from the sun underneath an umbrella 

12 They make mats for pets to keep cool – there’s no reason why we can’t use them too, though Fido and Tiddles might object of course

Applying sunscreen regularly is a must

NHS advice

13 Drink plenty of fluids – even count glasses and bottles so you know you’re drinking enough

14 Avoid excess alcohol

15 Metal blinds and dark curtains may absorb heat and make the room warmer – it’s best to use pale curtains or reflective materials

16 Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

17 Remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors

18 Walk in the shade and apply sunscreen regularly

19 Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you have to go out in the heat

20 Avoid exercise during the hottest parts of the day

21 If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice

The heatwabe could bring temperatures of 37C

At night

22 Take a cool – but not ice cold – shower before bed

23 Use cotton or linen bedding, if possible

24 Look for bedding with a thread count of 200 to 400, which means the fabric will be more breathable

25 Ditch the duvet for just a sheet

26 Keep the bedding underneath you cool too

27 Put your bedding in a plastic bag in the freezer before bed

28 Don’t snuggle with your other half

29 Consider separate bedding

30 Chuck your sweaty other half out of bed and sleep alone

Using separate sheets in bed could help you stay cool

31 Use cool gel inserts in your pillows

32 Move your mattress to the floor because heat rises

33 Go and sleep downstairs – unless you’re in a bungalow or flat

34 Try a hammock and let the air circulate

35 Sprinkle talcum powder on your sheets to stay cool and dry

36 Keep your clothes on. Contrary to popular belief, getting naked on a hot summer night will make you sweatier

37 Fill a hot water bottle with iced water for bed

38 Pop a face mask in the fridge before bed, and sleep with it on overnight

39 Make sure you drink a glass of water before bed as tossing and turning at night causes a lot of heat and sweat

Body

Ice lollies in the freezer - another must

40 If you have to wear a hard hat for work, try a head-cooling bandana underneath it

41 Place your wrists under cold running water for 30 seconds

42 Focus on cooling down other pulse points with an ice cube necklace that will melt all over you throughout the day

43 For something less messy, try plastic ice cubes attached with string

44 Put ice cubes in your hair. Loosely braid it, then stuff it with ice cubes, before pinning the braids to secure

45 Chill your beauty products, such as moisturiser, in the fridge

46 Slather yourself in cooling aloe vera

47 Avoid make-up touching your face – it generates extra heat and sweat

48 Tie your hair up

49 If you’ve ever considered shaving it all off, now is the time – just make sure you apply sun cream

50 Wet a towel with cold water and place it behind your knees 

51 Or under your armpits

52 Take your exercise early

53 Avoid having sex and generating extra heat!

Mind

Listen to soothing music to stay calm and relaxed

54 Trick your brain into thinking you’re cool by visualising snow and ice

55 Plan or daydream about a winter holiday, coronavirus permitting

56 Listen to soothing music, or close your eyes and imagine swimming in a cool river. Studies show calm music and the imagination can slow our metabolism, producing less body heat

57 Try Eastern medicine’s “cooling breath” technique – breathe in through a curled tongue, then out through the nose, for up to five minutes

Home

58 Keep your windows, doors and blinds shut during the day

59 In the evening circulate the air by opening windows

60 Lights, TVs, computers and other appliances all generate heat – so switch them off

61 Don’t charge your phone overnight – it will only generate more heat

62 Invest in an electric fan

63 Put frozen bottles of water in front of the fan to cool the air - turning it intp a home-made air conditioner

64 Point your fan out of the windows so it pushes hot air out

A woman having a hot flash using a fan to cool off
Having a fan in your bedroom can help you cool off

65 You can even position a fan across from a window so the wind from outside and the fan combine to make a cross-breeze

66 Buy a houseplant – their large leaves release excess water into the air, plus they provide extra shade

67 Fix some removable reflective film on windows

68 Seal gaps in doors and windows to block sunlight and heat

69 Painting your house white helps – the colour reflects the light, cooling the house down

Fun

70 Buy a paddling pool for the garden

71 Make a water balloon piñata by tying some water balloons together with string and hanging them up, before bashing them with batons

72 Hug a tree – yes, really. Koalas have been shown to hug trees in Australian heat waves because trees heat up and cool down more slowly than their surroundings, and pull up cool groundwater into their trunks

73 Enjoy just doing nothing! All movement generates heat

74 Get out all your old sponges, and buckets of water and have a wet sponge fight in the garden

75 Be inspired by pigs and hippos and roll in the mud. Mud also evaporates more slowly than water, meaning you will stay cooler for longer

Woman opening freezer
Keep more unusual things in the freezer - like socks

Clothing

76. Wear light, loose-fitting clothes. Dark absorbs the light, making you hotter

77 Put your socks in the freezer or buy a pair of “ice slippers”

78 Big pants are better – Bridget Jones is cool, especially in cotton

79 Men, never wear socks with sandals. It’s not cool, either way.

Car

80 Use a dash cover in your car to prevent overwhelming heat when you get back in

81 Park in a shaded area

82 Cover your steering wheel with a hand towel

83 Wash the car with the kids, using water pistols and a hose – you’re guaranteed to get drenched

84 Remember your car has aircon

Food and drink

Young boy dipping cucumber into vegetable puree on a vegetable dipping platter
Avoid heavy foods and try to eat cucumber and celery

85 According to BBC Good Food magazine, as food accounts for around 20-30% of our fluid intake, and some contain more water than others, we should eat strawberries

86 And courgettes

87 And celery

88 And lettuce

89 And melon - watermelon is 95% water

90 Cucumber can be eaten and you can pop two slices over your eyes

91 Avoid caffeine – it is dehydrating

92 Freeze fruit to eat, or pop into cold drinks

93 Freeze your morning coffee and turn it into ice pops

94 Eat a curry – sweat aids the cooling process

95 Enjoy a glass of peppermint tea – menthol has a cooling effect 

96 Don’t use the oven, it heats up the home too

97 Eat smaller meals, as they’re easier to digest

98 Avoid meat – digesting its protein requires energy, creating a heat process

99 Have a ‘99. An ice cream will lower your temperature and – temporarily at least – get rid of that sluggish feeling