THE south of the UK will bask in a 25C heatwave today – as rains and high winds lash the North.
Britain will be divided by the freakish weather as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle sends warm air surging into the south.
London, East Anglia and parts of South East England will see the highest temperatures as southerners enjoy late summer sunshine.
At the same time, gales of up to 45mph could pummel the North of the country, with Lancashire, Cumbria and Wales among the worst hit.
Heavy rains are also predicted, with up to 20mm set to fall in just 24 hours across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland.
The Met Office's Luke Miall told The Sun Online: "The worst effected areas will be higher ground.
"If you are in those areas you will need your brollies."
Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Gabrielle's super-high wind speeds are channelling mild air north – meaning much of the UK is set for a week of sunny, hot weather.
The drizzle will ease off to give a clear start to Thursday as the weather improves and the heatwave arrives in the South East.
But the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle will also see some rain sweep in.
These showers will ease off and the storm will be nothing but a light breeze by the time it reaches the southeast of England.
Friday will be sunny, particularly in England and Wales with the weekend bringing bright sunshine and temperatures as high as 25C again.
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Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: “Temperatures well into the 20s are quite feasible after September 16.
“It could well become quite warm. There are indications high pressure will build."
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It turns warmer and humid as the remnants of Dorian and Gabrielle feed tropical air to the UK.
“It turns warmer still at the weekend and early next week with high pressure, with 25C possible in the South.”
The good news comes after it was revealed that the UK was in for an Indian summer in the coming weeks.
The mercury is soaring back up as a plume of Saharan air follows the fallout from Hurricane Dorian.
High pressure bringing heat from north Africa to the UK will see brilliant autumn heat for at least the next week.
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