Grab those glasses and rub on the sun cream as Burton is officially in the grips of an official heatwave - with temperatures to rival those on the edge of the Sahara Desert!

By the end of the week, Burton and Swadlincote will have experienced heatwave conditions, as defined by the World Meteorological Organisation.

To constitute a heatwave, temperatures have to be at least 5C above average for the time of the year for five consecutive days.

In the case of Burton in June, this is just under 19C.

According to The Weather Channel, temperatures will be at a high of 28C today, Monday June 25 and Wednesday June 27 and 26C or 27C for most of the rest of the week. But it could be as hot as 30C on some days, according to other forecasters.

The weather will be warmer in Burton than Barcelona on Tuesday
The weather will be as warm in Burton as parts of the Sahara Desert

That's as hot as Nouakchott in Mauritania, Western Sahara!

Temperatures are not expected to drop much lower in the foreseeable future, with next Sunday expected to be a high of 27C.

The hot weather is being termed a 10-day "Spanish blowtorch," reflecting where the heatwave has come from. It is also said to be one of EIGHT heatwaves predicted for the rest of the summer.

It looks as if the coming week will see the hottest day of the year so far - the most recent hottest day was in April when a temperature of 29.1C was recorded in London.

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: "We would expect, at some point this week, to beat that. We are going to continue with the dry and sunny weather for most places. Top temperatures are going to be on the rise."

Are you allowed to sunbathe naked in your own back garden?

Unfortunately, the sunny weather carries a health warning to remember to apply sun cream, wear hats and cover up because of high UV levels.

Hay fever sufferers are also in for a bad time as grass pollen levels continue to rise.