UK weather: Three-month heatwave to start on Wednesday as temperatures set to hit 23C

Unusually hot temperatures are also expected for July

Summer is going to arrive early, with temperatures this week expected to be 12°C higher than the April average.

From Wednesday, the thermostat will climb to 23°C, as a tropical air mass brings up warm air from Southern Europe.

The predicted temperatures are well above the 11.4°C April average recorded by the Met Office.

High temperatures of around 28°C will also arrive earlier than usual this year, with hot weather expected by July, according to a three month contingency forecast issued by the Met Office.

Fortunately, the chilly weather predicted for this weekend is just a blot on an otherwise sunny horizon, as temperatures are set to rise steadily from next week.

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Nicky Maxey,  Met Office spokeswoman, said: “It is going to stay fine and dry for most of the week.

“Temperatures will hit 20°C with Wales and the West Midlands in for the best of the sunshine and warmth.”

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