Brits are set to bake in a week-long scorcher from today as soaring temperatures kick off a summer heatwave.
After weeks of relentless rain and cool temperatures the country is set to bake in a sizzling spell of hot weather, reaching highs some forecasters predict will top 31C.
The Met Office has forecast highs leaping from 24C on Thursday going up to 27C on Saturday and then 30C on Sunday.
Other forecasters are more optimistic and have predicted highs of a scorching 31C at the weekend, according to predictions by The Weather Outlook and WeatherOnline.
Northern regions are also tipped to nudge up to 30C in places, while the UK is set to be hotter than 29C West End, Grand Bahama, in the Caribbean.
The Met Office forecast a scorcher for a week, with an unsettled spell ending July, but mainly dry and warmer-than-normal conditions in early August as millions take staycations.
Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Lovely summery weather is finally ahead – and for most of the UK.
“There will be plenty of dry and very warm conditions for five to seven days, at least, with temperatures climbing and the upper-20s suggested by forecast models.”
A Met Office forecaster said: “Thursday will be warm and brighten up with good sunny spells.
“Next week will start very warm and perhaps hot in the Midlands and South.
“An unsettled spell will probably end July, but with warmer and drier-than-average conditions likely to return in early August, with above-average temperatures for much of the period to August 11.”
UK Weather Forecast
Rather a cloudy start for some, misty for a few coastal areas. Parts of western Scotland picking up low cloud later, while southern and eastern England sees variable cloud this afternoon. Elsewhere decent sunny spells and warm or very warm.
Low cloud across parts of western Scotland, a little drizzle possible on hills. Parts of southeastern UK may be rather cloudy but elsewhere long clear spells and isolated fog.
Exposed parts of north and west Scotland seeing low cloud, drizzle and mist at times. Elsewhere, cloud towards the southeast breaking, then long spells of very warm sunshine for most.