Brits enjoy 'second summer' as mini-heatwave sees temperatures reach 31°C

A mini-heatwave has hit the UK with temperatures rising to 31°C in some parts of the country.

The sunshine is expected to last all week in what will be the longest September warm spell since 2016.

The mercury reached 31°C in Manston, Kent, on Tuesday. The last time temperatures were over 30°C in September was in 2016, when 34.3°C was recorded in Gravesend, Kent.

The ‘second summer’ has arrived due to warm winds blowing in from Spain and France.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: ‘High pressure in combination with warm, southerly winds will bring a spell of summery weather across parts of the UK early this week, with plenty of sunshine and higher than average temperatures for most.’

People living in southern and eastern England will enjoy the warmest weather, with highs of 30°C expected in the coming days.

However, sunny conditions are forecast across the whole country, with highs of around 25°C predicted in the north.

Mr Saunders said some parts of the country will be so warm it will meet heatwave criteria.

This is unusual as statistically 97% of UK heatwaves occur in the summer months of June, July and August.

While the unseasonably warm temperatures will begin to cool off from Wednesday, sunshine will continue across the UK for most of the week.

Isolated showers in some parts of the country are possible, but most areas will remain dry.

Mr Saunders said: ‘On Wednesday a cold front will slowly sink southwards, bringing cloudier skies and temperatures closer to average for northern parts of the UK, but southern areas will still see plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid- possibly high-20s Celsius, which could meet heatwave criteria in a few locations.’

This comes in stark contrast to the end of August, which saw one of the coldest bank holiday weekends on record.

Public health officials have urged people to stick to social distancing rules while enjoying the sunshine, warning that anyone recovering from coronavirus will be more vulnerable in the heat.

A heat-health alert has been issued for south east England from Monday into Wednesday.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘Warm and sunny weather ahead will feel like a second summer after wet and windy conditions dogged the second half of school holidays.’

However, the warm weather won’t last for much longer, with a long-range forecast predicting unsettled conditions from next week.

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