The hottest day of the year so far could be about to hit the United Kingdom with the Met Office predicting the mercury will pass 30c in the coming days.
And the forecaster says heatwave conditions look likely to be hit while the UK Health Security Agency has issued a yellow alert across the whole of England apart from the North East, between 2pm on Monday and 9pm on September 10. Across Wednesday and Thursday the temperature is set to peak at 32C.
It will likely match the temperatures recorded in June. On both June 10 and 25 temperatures of 32.2C were recorded, making them the joint hottest of 2023.
Senior Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers says the UK will feel “very warm to hot” throughout the week.
Ms Ayers said: “On Tuesday, there will be some patchy cloud for the far southwest and later Northern Ireland with a risk of the odd shower/isolated thunderstorm. Elsewhere after any low cloud, mist and fog lifts and clears it will be dry with plenty of sunshine.
“It will be cloudier in the far north of Scotland with the odd spot of rain and drizzle, though drier than recent days.
“Temperatures will vary between 27 to 30C in central and southern areas, with an isolated 31C possible inland.
“On Wednesday, mist and fog will clear once again with low cloud burning back to the coast through the morning, again leaving a very warm or hot day.
“Again some patchy cloud in the far west and Northern Ireland. A chance of showers moving into the South West during the evening, risk of an isolated thunderstorm. Temperatures will climb to 32C in central and south-east England.
“Thursday, another fine day after early mist and fog clears. Again cloudier for North Sea coasts, and inland at first, but cloud burning back to the coasts.
“Sunshine will be more hazy in the west than previous days. Overnight showers will push north in the west with some outbreaks of rain in the far north west of Scotland.
“Temperatures will climb to 32C in central and south-east England.
“On Friday, most places will remain fine and dry with sunny spells. Areas of cloud will limit sunshine in places, with a small chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm, predominantly in the west.
“Patchy rain is likely, at least for a time in the far north west, perhaps with brighter, drier, fresher conditions here later. Mainly light winds, though winds increasing in the north west.
“Continuing very warm or hot for many and likely feeling humid, but with low cloud and lower temperatures around some coasts, with the potential for cooler air to move into some northern parts too. Temperatures climbing to 31C in central and south-east England.”
The weekend is set to become cooler, turning unsettled next week when the weather will return to September’s average temperatures.