The vast majority of the UK has enjoyed warm spring sunshine this week but the mercury is set to skyrocket as the country nears Bank Holiday weekend.
Britain was hit by record-breaking temperatures over the early May Bank Holiday, and scorching weather is forecast for this coming weekend too.
Temperatures could reach the high 20’s experts say but some parts of the country could be hit by heavy thunderstorms as Brits enjoy the sunshine.
According to the latest UK weather chart sweltering temperatures from the south and south-east sweep towards Britain, roasting the country.
The Met Office has predicted hot temperatures, particularly in the south and west of the UK.
The Met Office forecast reads: “The Bank Holiday weekend will be mostly fine and sunny, after any early mist and fog has cleared.
“Scattered thunderstorms could affect southern and central areas at times, however, with mist and low cloud possibly affecting the east coast.
“It will be warm or very warm in the south and west, but often much cooler near eastern coasts.
“There will also be a brisk easterly wind across southern areas.”
Speaking over the weekend, Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “If you like your spring weather dry and sunny you will like the 10-day trend.
“The indication is that high pressure will remain close to the British Isles over the next 10 days leading to a lot of dry and sunny weather.”
He added: “[Through] Wednesday, Thursday and Friday high pressure becomes dominant once more so for many places there will be a lot of fine weather as we head into the bank holiday.
“For most of the country high pressure is going dominate over the next 10 days and there is going to be a lot of dry, bright weather.”
Thermometers could push towards the high 20C’s mark by the end of the week amid predictions of another bank holiday scorcher.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden added: “Towards the end of next week and into the Bank Holiday weekend we expect a steady rise in temperatures.”
Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 4-5 for temperatures to hit 30C (86F) or higher before the end of the month.
It is also offering 6-4 that this year sees the record for the hottest May day on record, 32.8C (91.04F) set in 1944, to tumble.
Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Saturday was a stunning day with the nation basking in sun for the Royal wedding and the cup final and it’s only set to continue.
“We’re expecting to see the thermometers push towards 30 degrees and our odds show that the record for the hottest May day ever is a genuine possibility.”
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