Britain’s summer is set for one last hurrah as forecasters predict temperatures could reach around 25C next week after a miserable start to September.
Despite the UK being forced to batten down the hatches this week with heavy rain, thunder and winds in excess of 50mph, temperatures have still peaked in the low 20s.
And despite moving quickly into autumn, scorching heat could be set for something of an encore – though it won’t quite be a dry Indian Summer with rain and wind also likely.
According to the Met Office, next week will see Tropical Maritime air “drawn across the UK”.
“It is likely to turn warm in the south-east of England where temperatures will rise into the low 20Cs, perhaps mid-20Cs in one or two spots,” a spokesperson continued.
“At present, this is not expected to fit the criteria for a heatwave, however, as this requires temperatures of 27C or higher in the south-east for at least three consecutive days.”
The weekend, however, will have a cooler feel, with a mixture of sunshine and showers – with plummeting temperatures felt overnight.
Heavy showers were forecast in Scotland in the early hours, with yesterday’s cloud coverage remaining in the south of England on Friday.
BBC forecaster Darren Bett said: “We’ve got more cloud spilling up from the southwest, coming eastwards into England and Wales and it may well bring some drizzly rain into the southwest of England and the West Country.”
He went on to say, further north there’ll be some brighter spells though showers will become more widespread in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the far north of England.
Friday’s temperatures are set to remain in the teens, with a high of 19C in London, according to BBC charts.
Even more showers are expected on Saturday, particularly in northern Scotland and Northern Ireland, thanks to high pressure lurking west of the UK.
It’ll be an even cooler day, with parts of the country seeing just 11C, while Sunday sees lighter winds but showers will have pushed their way into England and Wales, said Mr Bett.
“Some of these showers could be rather heavy as well. It’ll depress the temperatures, of course,” he added.
The continued rain means Natural Resources Wales has issued a flood alert in areas around the River Glaslyn and River Dwyryd from Dyffryn Ardudwy to Nant Gwynant.
While the Environment Agency said due to river levels having risen at the Llanymynech river gauge flooding is expected adjacent to the river from the Welsh border at Llawnt to Shrawardine near Shrewsbury.
Other locations that may be affected include Llanymynech, Maesbrook and Melverley.
The Met Office’s long range weatherreport – beginning on Tuesday – says: “Likely to see mostly settled conditions from the west through the early part of next week with sunny spells, whilst a few showers may be seen mainly in the north.
“Temperatures generally near normal throughout the period, perhaps just above normal for a time when the rain moves in midweek.”
UK 5 day weather forecast
Mostly dry with some bright or sunny spells across southern parts, clouding over with some rain in places later. In the north, windy with sunshine and showers, some heavy.
Rain clearing southern areas, to give a largely dry night with some clear periods. Further blustery showers in the north.
Dry with sunny spells across many southern and eastern areas. Scattered showers elsewhere with these most frequent in the northwest.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Sunny spells and showers on Sunday. Cloudier and windier on Monday and Tuesday with outbreaks of rain focused in the north and west. Rather cool to start before turning warmer.