The UK is set to bask in sweltering temperatures above 26C for most of the week, as forecasters predict a mini-heatwave will hit much of the country.
BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich predicted a sunny outlook for most of the UK.
He said: “By the time the afternoon is out, some spots towards the south east may well have reached 30C.
“At this stage, not quite as warm across Northern Ireland and Scotland, although that will change this week.
Mr Rich predicted a similarly positive outlook for Tuesday, saying “we’re going to do it all over again.”
Temperatures on Tuesday afternoon will remain around 27C in the south east and the Midlands, and will even reach 26C in Edinburgh.
The weather will remain warm and sunny until Friday, when banks of cloud will start to appear.
The balmy temperatures are thanks to a plume of roasting air drifting from Africa and the Continent.
The Met Office with Public Health England (PHE) this morning issued the first government Heat-health alert of summer.
The ‘alert and readiness’ advisory – which runs from tomorrow until Thursday – warns parts of the country are likely to exceed safety thresholds.
It states: “There is an 80-per cent probability of heatwave conditions between 9am Tuesday and 6pm Thursday in parts of England.
“By Tuesday, isolated spots in the North and West are likely to see temperatures exceeding their thresholds.
“This warning is likely to be extended from Thursday onward, with the chance of more areas being included, as the dry and settled conditions are expected to persist into the weekend.”
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