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UK hot weather: Maps turn RED as 1,500-mile Saharan blast bakes whole of Britain with 84F

Hot weather is back! After a wet and windy few weeks proving to be a fairly dismal start to autumn, the UK is now going to see 72 hours of sunnier skies. Temperatures could rocket to highs of 29C according to the latest weather maps. And even the Met Office is forecasting extreme heats this week.

Britain could mark the first time in four years that the mercury has reached 30C or higher, forecasters have warned today.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said weather maps show we could expect 30 to 31C on Monday in the southeast, with similar temperatures expected on Tuesday in East Anglia.

While Deputy Chief Meteorologist Nick Silkstone said: “Along with the dry and sunny weather, southern areas of the UK will see temperatures rise due to a combination of high pressure and warm air from the continent.

“It’ll turn warmer still as we start the new week, with temperatures possibly reaching around 29 or 30 Celsius in the south east early next week.”

Forecast maps from Weather Outlook show the UK maximum weather over the next five days will see highs of 29C in parts of the east of England as the whole of the country turns red or orange as scorching temperatures sweep in.

Wales will see the mercury reach a high of 23C over the next five days, while much of central England will see highs of 25C.

Northern England is expected to record temperatures of about 22C, while the south west could see between 20C and 24C.

Scotland, meanwhile, is expected to remain a bit cooler at highs of 20C.

Maps above show today will see the mercury ratchet up to 25 or 26C for a vast swathe of the south of England, following on from a rather warm day on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the country this afternoon, much of the rest of England and Wales will see 22C to 24C.

Scotland will be cooler will 15 to 18C.

Tuesday will be the hottest day this week where temperatures will peak at that 29C high as much the rest of the UK enjoys balmy temperatures of 23 to 24C.

Wednesday, too, will see warm highs – though quite a drastic dip from the previous day with the maximum expected to be about 26C along the south coast and 22 to 24C elsewhere.

Thursday will see a cooler time as the temperatures dip once a agin – but not for long.

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The Met Office forecast for Wednesday t0 Friday says: “Some rain moving south across northern and central areas Wednesday into Thursday.

“Otherwise mostly dry and fine. Cooler than of late across the north and east, warm in the south.”

But weather maps show the south will see the temperatures rise to 24C again by 6pm on Friday evening.

We’ll then see a cooler weekend at about 19C highs before the south east gets a weather boost on Monday with another 24C blast.

This extends further to highs of 26C in parts on Tuesday evening next week.

The Met Office long range forecast from September 18 to 27 reads: “Mainly dry, settled weather seems likely to continue through the middle and perhaps the latter part of next week, bringing sunny spells.

“The best of these conditions will likely be found in the northwest. However, there is a chance of the odd thundery shower, more especially in southern and southwestern areas.

“Above average temperatures are likely for many locations and it could be very warm in the south, whilst the northeast may feel rather cold. “

The hot weather is a result of a 1,500 mile wide weather system coming from the Sahara, bringing with it scorching temperatures.

BBC Weather meteorologist Tomasz Shafernaker added a “current of warm air coming out of Spain and France engulfing much of the country”.

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