The UK will receive a “blast of summer” next week as parts of the country bask in temperatures of up to 31C.
The mercury will rise steadily throughout the weekend, with likely highs of 25C in the south of England on Sunday, possibly rising to the low 30s on Monday and Tuesday.
“Certainly it looks like with the higher temperatures and sunshine it will feel summery for many from the latter part of the weekend onwards,” Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said.
The spell of hot weather is thanks to “tropical continental air pushing up from a southerly direction in combination with light winds" and much of the continent will see balmy temperatures, Ms Diamond said.
However, parts of Scotland must first contend with a weekend of weather warnings.
Nearly a month’s rainfall is forecast to fall in west of the country and the Hebrides, with the forecast 150mm of rain sparking warnings of floods and travel disruption.
“Apart from that, the rest of the UK is seeing a generally settled weekend with sunshine, especially in the south of England,” Ms Diamond said.
Temperatures will truly begin to rise from Sunday, hitting 29C in the southeast and with above-average temperatures forecast across most of the UK. Glasgow and Belfast can expect 20C heat, which will feel “decent in the sunshine”.
“The good news for Scotland is that rain will finally have cleared by Monday and actually they’re going to enjoy a largely dry and sunny day there too,” Ms Diamond said.
While temperatures will continue to rise slightly through to Tuesday, the increased heat is expected to bring thunderstorms – however, the weather should generally remain settled and warm for the rest of the week.
The September heat follows on from an August heatwave, which saw temperatures hit 34C for six days running.
Additional reporting by PA
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