BBC weather has forecast sunshine to sweep across most of the UK this week and could even bring record-breaking temperatures.
The tropical air will rocket temperatures in the UK close to 28C with humidity expected to reach 95 percent and could last until the end of the weekend.
BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned the weather on Tuesday will drench Brits and two inches of rain could fall within 24 hours before a warmer weather system moves in.
She said: “It’s a bit of chilly start to the day, [but] that’s not going to last because here in the south-east it’s going to be quite a warm day.
“Not as warm as it’s going to be [this week] but nonetheless pretty pleasant.
“Whereas at the moment we’ve got a weather front coming in from the west and that is currently producing some rain.”
The stormy weather is caused by a weather cyclone off the west coast, named ‘Irene’ by the Portuguese meteorological service.
But the storm will be held out in the Atlantic before warmer weather heads across the UK from the Azores islands off the coast of Portugal.
BBC forecaster Kirkwood said: “It’s after that things start to warm up across the whole of the UK.
“Somewhere in the south on Thursday could well hit 26C and we are hanging onto some fine weather even until the weekend, though not quite as warm.”
The Met Office also forecasts the scorching weather to hit the UK on Wednesday.
Their website reads: “Patchy rain will become confined to the northwest, allowing most to become fine and sunny. Turning very warm, in the south with lighter winds. Breezy in the north and west.”
The Met Office forecast for Thursday to Saturday adds: “Fine and sunny for most and turning warm, especially on Thursday. Cooler and occasionally misty around the coasts with onshore breezes. Often breezier in the northwest with some patchy rain.”
Meteorologist John West said: “This is such a big area of low pressure that it is actually drawing warm air up from the tropics and bringing it into the UK.
“We have got a sort of conveyor belt of warm air being pulled up from the Atlantic through the next couple of days.
“Towards mid-week a region of high pressure will build over France and western Germany putting Britain in a battleground between both pressure systems.”
He added: “The north and west will continue to experience some wet and windy weather while the south and east, which are closer to this high, will continue to enjoy high temperatures and dry conditions.
“The whole of the UK’s weather over the next few days will be coming up from the warm part of the Atlantic.
“We are seeing temperatures higher than average for the time of year, we expect to see around 25C (77F) on Thursday.”
Some weather models even show temperatures reaching 28C on Thursday in the southeast, with the sunshine forecast to last into the weekend.
Leading bookmaker Coral has even slashed odds on this month to be the hottest April on record to 6-4.
“Many parts of the UK are set for a glorious ten days or so and with temperatures soaring through the twenties there’s a real chance now of this April going on to be the hottest we’ve ever seen,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
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