The country has drowned in a deluge of rain this week, with huge thunderstorms battering much of the country. This has raised fears 70 million Brits could be facing a washout this summer following weeks of unsettled weather and temperatures. But the latest weather charts show temperatures are set to surge throughout all of the country towards the end of this month, with the mercury rocketing to huge highs.
The first signs of the heatwave will be felt next week and continuing into the last weekend of the month, with weather charts from NetWeather showing highs of 31C in large parts of the southeast.
This scorching weather will be felt throughout the country, with most of England basking in temperatures of at least 26C.
Scotland and Wales will also experience seasonal highs of 24C, with the mercury falling slightly lower in Northern Ireland to 21C.
The forecast for next Saturday shows the sweltering temperatures continuing into the evening, and throughout the course of the following week.
But blood-red weather maps show temperatures could surge even further on Saturday July 4 – the earliest date the government has said pub beer gardens could reopen.
The mercury is set to smash through average highs for this time of year and hit 32C in large parts of the south east, with London set to benefit most from the scorching heatwave.
Areas around the capital will also be basking in the sweltering weather, with highs of at least 25C across the majority of England.
Wales will be hit with heat of 24C, while Scotland won’t miss out either, with temperatures steadying a high of 24C.
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The Met Office’s long-range forecast for July 3-17 admits the first half of July could be “changeable” with a mixture of rain and sunshine, while the south and east of the country will experience the drier weather.
But the forecast says there could be some settled spells “more widely across the country at times”, while temperatures could be “above average” for this time of year.
The Met Office said: “The first half of July will probably see mixed conditions, although confidence is low at this stage.
“On the whole, it will probably be changeable with spells of rain or showers being mixed in with drier and brighter interludes.
“The best of the drier, brighter spells are likely in the south and east.
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“However, there may also be some settled spells more widely across the country at times. As is usual this time of year, some thundery interludes are also likely, particularly in the south.
“Temperatures should be generally near or somewhat above average, with the possibility of further brief and very warm spells.
Despite much of the UK being battered by thunderstorms and heavy rain over recent day, some weather forecasters claim the scorching heatwave could bake parts of Britain within days.
The hot weather is expected to move quickly across the country early next week, before taking hold in southern regions by Wednesday.
By Thursday, much of England will experience warmer temperatures, with the mercury rocketing to 31C in the capital.
Forecaster Brian Gaze predicted some regions could even see blistering heat of up to 33C next week.
After assessing the latest weather charts, Mr Gaze wrote on Twitter: “Next week’s details are uncertain but GFS 06z is firing up the blowtorch.
“Add a couple of C to the raw values and (big if) if it verifies we could see 33C a week today.”
In a later tweet, Mr Gaze looked in detail at a separate weather chart, and added: “All eyes on the chance of 90F (32.2C) being hit!”
He said: “Probability forecasts firming up on a very warm or hot spell of weather next week.”