District’s summer is not over quite yet!

Fun in the sun on the Forth and Clyde canal.
Fun in the sun on the Forth and Clyde canal.

Stay at home Bairns can put their umbrellas and raincoats away and prepare for another spell of warm weather this weekend.

Experts say the rain which dampened the spirits on Tuesday was little more than a glitch and blue skies and plenty of sunshine will be the norm with the double digit figures set to continue well into next week.

While the mercury will not hit the dizzy heights of 26°c seen in some parts of Scotland on Monday, a more comfortable 22°c (72°F) is sure to keep the summer holiday spirit alive and the local parks and leisure centres across the district busy.

Families have flocked to enjoy the swimming pools at the Mariner in Camelon and Grangemouth Sports Complex, while Callendar and Dollar Parks have been favourite spots for walks and picnics and the play facilities for kids kept busy as the best July weather in over a decade has put a smile on everyone’s face.

The numbers enjoying the facilities at Callendar Park are up by over 200 per cent on last year with go-karting, crazy golf and boating the top activities. The summer sport programme has also attracted 1000 more youngsters while boat trips from The Falkirk Wheel and strolls along the canal are proving hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.

At the same time town centre traders are reporting a sales bonanza with everything from sun glasses to sunscreen and beach balls to barbecues flying off the shelves.

A spokeswoman for Falkirk Community Trust who run the district’s leisure and recreation facilities said: “Attendances everywhere are well up as families enjoy the brilliant summer weather. They are all having a great time and it’s great to see.”

With the heatwave to continue NHS24 has reminded people to take simple steps to enjoy the hot spell safely. Tips include taking cool drinks regularly, keeping babies and young children in the shade and avoiding the hottest part of the day.