Warm weather will sweep the UK as the country “comes out of the trough”, Express.co.uk understands, towards the end of this week.
The Met Office predicts that a southerly airflow will bring warmer temperatures in from the southeast, shortly after issuing a warning for rain.
Much of the south of the UK will see temperatures in the high 20s, while the north will also see a boost to the mercury, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services Jim Dale said.
However, the hot spell may be followed by some rain and showers – with the Met Office even suggesting that thunderstorms could be on the way.
Mr Dale told Express.co.uk of the approaching warmth: “It’s not going to be sustained, but it’ll be welcome.
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“Coming out of the trough today into tomorrow, which will be a better day.
“All round [the country] really, it’s just a few little light showers, nothing major, and then it looks like a dry day countrywide on Wednesday.”
Thursday will see the peak of the week, he added, saying: “The southeast will take the biscuit, maybe 27/28 degrees.
“The peak will be 20/21 in the North, and somewhere in between for the Midlands.
“Then it’s back to square one, rain dropping in the country from southwest and northeast from Friday.”
He explained the reason was “low pressure” off the Atlantic, adding: “We can’t seem to budge ourselves out of the trap we’ve got ourselves into.
“Maybe it bodes well for September, because it doesn’t look brilliant for the rest of August. August will be a mixed month – not as bad as July, not as cool and wet.”
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Matthew Lehnert said: “It will be drier for many by Tuesday, as the low pressure moves off into the North Sea.
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“Parts of Scotland will continue to see frequent showers, with around 30mm of rain possible over a few hours for Glasgow and Edinburgh. Elsewhere will be largely dry with cloud and sunny spells for many.”
Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris, said: “A general warming trend is expected through much of this week, as the weather settles down for a time.
“Whilst some southern areas are already likely to reach the mid 20s by Wednesday, it’s not until Thursday that the warmer weather will become more widespread, with parts of Scotland also reaching the low 20s. Most places will be dry with sunshine, although some early mist and low cloud could mean a slow start for some areas.
“We are likely to see the warmest weather on Friday and Saturday, with low to mid 20s widely and a peak of 29C most probable in the southeast; at this stage the odd 30 Celsius here on Friday cannot be ruled out.
“A frontal system arriving into the west and southwest later on Friday, which could be preceded by thunderstorms, does complicate matters somewhat; after a very muggy night in the southeast overnight into Saturday.”
Mr Dale was clear that while the UK may be seeing a more mixed summer, this was not a sign that climate change wasn’t still a very serious threat to the world.
He said: “There’s enough going stuff going on elsewhere in the world. Global warming will not show at each and every place in the world all at once.
“Bottom line, what would you prefer? 47 degrees in wildfires and floods as in Norway and Slovenia, or this changeable mixed weather.”
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