If you want to entertain through the heat, it's time to move outside.
There are few more hunger-inducing aromas than a barbeque in full swing, somewhere... nearby. In residential neighbourhoods, on the first really hot weekend of the year, you could be forgiven for thinking the entire town was sizzling burgers outside. It's only natural to join in.
If you have been growing salad leaves or tomatoes in your garden, allotment or even on the windowsill, now could be the time to enjoy them. A nicely shaded garden with fresh, summery salads and fruit, and long, tall drinks has the makings of heaven.
Summer fetes and food festivals run throughout the summer in many parts of the UK. They can be a great way to source interesting local food and drink for your party.
Days like this also make for wonderful children's parties, with games traditional or modern running through the house and garden. Meeting friends for a picnic at a local park, where everyone brings a dish and a drink, can also be a great day for kids of all ages.
Hospitality boxes or suites at sporting venues, whether that means cricket, horse racing or motorsport, are a great way to entertain friends. You can enjoy air-conditioned luxury without having to lift a finger.
The Met Office is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites
Taking place from 28 July to 3 August, National Parks Week is a celebration of the all the natural beauty, wildlife and things to do within the UK's 15 National Parks. Throughout the week there are a host of activities and events on offer. We have picked 5 great events from across the UK, which give you the opportunity to try everything from otter spotting to astronomy. With the summer holidays now upon us, these events are also the perfect family days out in beautiful surroundings.Read more