A ‘mini heatwave’ is set to hit the UK this week as a ‘subtropical swell’ of warm weather is expected to raise temperatures to the mid-twenties.
Forecasters say the mercury could soar to 24C on Wednesday after a dreary and wet weekend.
A Met Office heat map shows how a 600-mile ‘subtropical swell’ of warmer air will sweep in across the Atlantic from tomorrow.
It may be the last chance for Brits to enjoy the summer before it officially fizzles out to autumn.
Experts predict highs of 24C could be reached in the south of the country and in London.
A Met Office spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘Although we are going to see warmer weather from tomorrow, we are not going to see bright blue sunshine.
‘Instead we will see periods of cloud and rain, and mixed fortunes at different points.
‘The maximum temperature we think it will reach is 24C, with it dropping off towards the end of the week to 20 degrees.’
They said in the northwest, lower temperatures of 18C or 19C could be expected as a result of patchy showers and clouds.
According to the Met Office a heatwave is an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity.
The weather will not quite reach full heatwave conditions for September this week, but temperatures will be above average.
It comes after last month the hottest August day in 17 years was recorded – yet the Bank Holiday weekend was one of the coldest on record.
Last weekend drivers were warned they would be left facing traffic chaos over the Bank Holiday after 18 million cars took to the roads for a last chance to enjoy a staycation.
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