IT’S officially a heatwave – which means it’s officially time to whack out the sun cream again.

And have no fear if you already threw your bottles out, because some Tesco stores prematurely reduced some sunscreen bottles to £3.50 from £9.

Brits are going wild for SPF from the supermarket giant that’s suitable for the whole family.

“Tesco reduced all of their sun cream last week, a week too early,” one shopper said in Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK. 

“I only realised when I popped in today to get more for the family. 

“£3.50 per bottle, but it's £9 in my local shop.”

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They picked up three bottles of Nivea Sun Babies & Kids Sensitive Protect spray sun cream with SPF50+.

Mums flocked to the comments to say that they “clearly need a Tesco run” for the heatwave bargains.

The Met Office declared a heatwave in 13 areas across the UK earlier today, with Brits bracing for 33C temperatures. 

Areas in West Yorkshire, Cornwall, Devon and Wales are currently facing soaring temperatures, with many more corners of the country set to join the list.

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In the South of England, temperatures are expected to hit 30C.

“In total there’s 13 stations that have officially marked it [a heatwave],” said Met Office meteorologist Amy Bokota.

“As you go through the next couple of days, quite a few extra will be added onto that.

"33C is expected perhaps on Thursday, which is expected to be the peak. 

“It will then be 32C right the way until Sunday for some places in the South."

When the sun is glaring, it’s imperative to protect yourself and your little ones from ultraviolet (UV) rays. 

The SPF on sunscreen stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a relative measurement for the amount of time you will be protected from UV rays.

It ensures your skin doesn’t burn when exposed to the sun and should be applied regularly.

In the short term, sunburn can mean sore and red skin which is hot to touch and difficult to sleep with.

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But in the longer term, frequent sunburn means you are more likely to get skin cancer – which kills six Brits every day.

A number of Tesco’s own-brand sun creams are as cheap as £2 and dermatologically tested.

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