Temperatures could soar back up to almost 30C in parts of the UK over the coming days as a ‘little blast of summer’ returns following weeks of soggy weather.
England and Wales are set to experience warmer weather from Sunday with the mercury expected to rise to around 28C in some areas by Tuesday, the Met Office said.
Forecaster Alex Burkill said: ‘It does look like hot temperatures will start to arrive in the South East after a disappointing end to the summer. August had been particularly grey and dull with cooler temperatures, however it looks like there will be a little blast of summer weather.
‘The week will start with temperatures reaching 27C on Monday. It’s likely to be dry and sunny for most but this will only be the beginning. Tuesday is likely to be the hottest day, with temperatures probably reaching highs of 28C or even higher before dropping slightly on Wednesday.
‘There is some uncertainty about how hot it will be, and it won’t be the case for the whole country.’
The spell of sunshine will also be short-lived as thunderstorms sweep in over the second half of the week.
They will start in the western parts of England and Wales before moving east into next weekend.
The Met Office said people should be aware that while the peak of summer has passed, they could still suffer from sunburn if they fail to take precautions.
Meteorologist Craig Snell said: ‘The sun is still fairly strong so if you’re going to be in the sun for kind of a good length of time, wear a hat and some sun cream because even though it would be kind of past the peak of the summer, the sun can still burn you at this time of year.’
He said temperatures are likely to be higher than expected for this time of year, adding: ‘For some of us I think they will probably be a good five degrees above average for the time of year.
‘At the early part of September we’re probably looking at an average of about 21C across southern parts of the UK.
‘In the north, we are probably looking more around the high teens so 17C to 18C.’
Mr Snell also said: ‘September over the last decade or so, we have had a warm spell especially towards the beginning of the month.’
A period of high pressure in the west of the UK had meant cloudy conditions for many over the last week but these systems will draw southward over the weekend, bringing warmer winds from continental Europe, he said.
Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to see less warm weather with fronts moving in from the North Atlantic likely to bring spells of rain with them.
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