Temperatures could surge to as high as 30C in parts of the southeast at the start of next week that could trigger a huge heatwave for the country. The mercury will remain just a few degrees lower in the remainder of England, and are forecast to only be slightly lower in parts of Scotland, with highs of 21C. Temperatures will however dip slightly more in Northern Ireland, with highs of 17C.
The scorching weather will remain throughout the rest of this month, with temperatures still hitting 25C in large parts of the southeast.
The long-range weather forecast from the Met Office from June 29 until July 13 says that although there is a risk of heavy rain in some parts of the country, temperatures will be above average, “possibly turning very warm in places”.
The Met Office forecast for the two week period says: “Probably remaining fairly unsettled towards the end of June with showers or longer spells of rain, these turning heavy and possibly thundery across the south. Despite the mixed conditions, all parts should still see some drier and brighter interludes.
“Temperatures should generally be above average, possibly turning very warm in places. Around the turn of the month and into early July, a transition to more settled conditions is signalled with many seeing more prolonged drier and sunnier spells.
“However, there is still the chance of showers for most at times. Temperatures likely to return back to around average.”
The mercury hovered around the mid-20s at the weekend as Britons welcomed the return of the glorious sunshine following a week of unsettled weather.
Charts from WXCHARTS showed much of the country turn red over the weekend with temperatures hitting highs of 24C.
The warm weather is forecast to continue for the remainder of this month, with a jet stream and area of low pressure moving away from the UK.
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But Britain will be hit by a deluge of rain before this heatwave hits the country, with the Met Office issuing warnings across the country on Monday, with yellow weather alerts in place throughout several areas.
The forecaster has warned much of the country could be battered by heavy showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and while not all areas will be impacted, where the rain and thunderstorms do occur, torrential downpours are possible.
The warnings North East England, East Midlands, North West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and Northern Ireland come into effect from 1pm and last until 9pm this evening.
Up to an inch of rain could fall in an hour in some areas of the country, whilst some places could see up to 1.5 inches (44mm) of rain in just two to three hours.
The Met Office warns to expect: “Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.
“Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes.
“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.
“Delays to train services are possible.
“Some short term loss of power and other services is likely.”