Final blast of summer with temperatures rocketing towards a scorching 30C

Large areas of the country will bask in temperatures of more than 30C this week, as summer heat makes a brief return.

Values will be highest in southern parts of the UK, but most of the country will see a spell of warmer weather over the next few days, the Met Office has said.

However, some north-western areas and north-west Scotland in particular could see some rain early on Monday, but “elsewhere it will be generally dry and sunny”, according to forecaster John Griffiths.

He said that “much of England and Wales by the afternoon will be dry warm and sunny if not even locally very warm” and there is the potential for a top temperature of 30C in the south east of England.

Temperatures in the high 20s C are predicted for the Midlands and Wales.

Mr Griffiths said:”Tuesday we’re still looking at highs of 30 somewhere in the south east maybe even a spot of 31, but it will already be cooling off in some south western areas.

He added: “Across Scotland it will actually be a warmer day for many on Tuesday. There’s going to be the potential for a few showers around in some western areas and one of two of them could be heavy and the odd rumble of thunder but they’re going to be very isolated where they do occur. ”

There could be highs of 27 or 28 again on Wednesday, but as we head towards the end of the week the heat will begin to move away and temperatures will drop to the low 20s in the warmest parts, Mr Griffiths said.

The last time the mercury topped 30C in September occurred in 2016, but it will still be some way off the highest September temperature ever recorded, which was 35.6C on September 2, 1906.

The September warmth follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures top out at 34C for six days running last month.

Met Office five-day forecast

Today:

Most parts dry with plenty of warm sunshine, becoming hot in the south. Cloudy across northwest Scotland with some light rain. A few showers possible across Northern Ireland later.

Tonight:

A dry and sultry night across central and southern areas. Cloudier in the north, with cloud increasing in the west later giving a risk of a few showers.

Tuesday:

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain in far north. Very warm across central and southern areas, and hot in the southeast, though cloudier than Monday. Perhaps a few thundery showers later.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

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.

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