Temperatures to hit 24C before washout weekend during England's Euro match

Brits will bask in highs of 24C today before a brief burst of sunshine gives way to yet more rain and clouds.

Some early rain on Wednesday is expected to clear by lunchtime, with a ‘fine day’ expected across Wales, the West Country and northern areas.

Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said it will feel ‘very warm’ in the sunniest parts, with highs of 22 to 24C expected.

Plymouth, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast will enjoy some of the highest temperatures, while tennis fans are set to enjoy a drier afternoon for day three of Wimbledon after a soggy start to the London tournament.

Downpours over the first two days of the championships have seen matches interrupted or cancelled, but the mercury is forecast to reach highs of 19C in the capital today.

Becky Mitchell, another meteorologist from the Met Office, said: ‘There will be a grey and cloudy start to Wimbledon, with light patchy drizzle and on and off rain until lunchtime.

‘It will be dry by the afternoon, with increasing sunshine.’

After a miserable week of wet weather, more sun is to come with highs of 24C also predicted on Thursday.

Friday will also see highs of 24C in London and Cardiff, though with a chance of rain and clouds.

Going into the weekend, the north is expected to enjoy the best of the weather while rain and showers are more likely in the south.

Sadly it will be a washout on Saturday, when England takes on Ukraine in the semi-finals of the Euros.

Current forecasts predict a 60% chance of rain in London by kick off time, with lighter showers also expected in northern areas too.

At the same time, it will be warm and increasingly humid.

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The Met Office’s weather outlook for the weekend states: ‘Fine for many areas Friday, though some scattered showers likely in the afternoon. Becoming more unsettled into the weekend, with rain or showers for most. Warm and increasingly humid.’

BBC’s weather outlook for Friday to Sunday is similar.

Forecasters said: ‘Friday will be quite a warm day with plenty of warm sunny spells developing for most.

‘There is the chance of some afternoon showers developing in places. Saturday will see sunny spells in northern areas, but for the south, it will turn cloudier with showery rain pushing in from the southwest. Sunday will turn cloudy for all, with outbreaks of rain throughout the UK.’

Hayfever suffers may also face a tough time in the coming days.

The Met Office have warned that on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the pollen levels will be very high.

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