BRITAIN is to bask in 24C temperatures this week as warm winds move in from the Atlantic.
The last burst of summer weather comes after a grey and chilly start to September and one of the coldest August bank holidays on record.
Following a dreary Monday with spells of rain, Tuesday will see warmer spells, with highs of 24C in the south set to match parts of Spain.
The spike will come as a 600-mile “subtropical swell” of warmer air sweeps in across the Atlantic.
Outbreaks of rain in the north and west will persist into Tuesday but lift on Wednesday, bringing sunny spells particularly in the north.
Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told The Sun Online: “It’s likely to be a generally north-west to southeast split through Monday.
“There will be cloud and outbreaks of rain across the north and western parts of the UK.
“Eastern and southeastern parts of the country will generally have a drier day with some sunny spells.
“We’ll also have quite a brisk westerly breeze across the UK, particularly across the north.
“And we could see gusts on Monday of around 30 to 35mph on the coast.”
Temperatures on Monday are expected to remain in the mid-to-high teens for much of the UK, but in the east could rise as high as 21C.
Mr Dewhurst said that Tuesday would be “similar” but added that parts could see temperatures rise into the mid-twenties.
“It will be much drier across the country with some sunny spells, with the best of those across east and southeastern regions,” he said.
“In terms of temperature it will be warmer, and we could see highs of 24C across East Anglia all the way down to London.”
He added that in the northwest, lower temperatures of 18 or 19C could be expected as a result of patchy showers and clouds.
The Met Office said that the UK’s highs of 24C would march those in Spain’s Bilbao and Barcelona.
Bookie Coral currently makes it evens for this month to be the UK’s hottest September on record.
“Summer is going to return next week and with one last heatwave, our betting suggests this month could end as the hottest September on record,” said Coral’s John Hill.
— to www.thesun.co.uk