UK Weather: Brits to enjoy weekend scorcher as temperatures rise to 27C

A late summer sizzler is in store for Brits as temperatures are set to soar to a scorching 27C.

From Thursday, the UK is set for temperatures above 23C, while highs of 25C predicted for Thursday and Friday in London and the south east.

On Saturday, temperatures are expected to rocket up to 27C in places.

The north is expected to experience drier and less humid weather.

With the hotter temperatures comes the risk of thundery showers and longer spells of rain, the Met Office warned.

However, largely dry weather is expected across the country for the rest of August.

After a small break of cooler days, the warm weather is sure to be welcomed, as before Thursday temperatures are forecast to hover below 20C for most of the country.

Tuesday will be rainy in some parts with drizzle and brisk winds affectingly mainly central areas of the UK, keeping things cool.

The Met Office’s Nicola Maxey said that the conditions will continue to improve throughout the week, with “warm sunshine and dry conditions from midweek onwards”.

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The hot weather is making its way from Spain, which has recorded record-breaking temperatures of above 40 as the heatwave continues across Europe.

Another Met forecaster said: "The bigger picture shows this intense heatwave across southern parts of Europe.

"Record breaking temperatures are possible this weekend across Spain and Portugal.

"Meanwhile across the UK it is a lot more changeable and cooler.

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"This run of north westerly winds continuing this week and some wet weather fronts bring showers or rain at times but settled conditions possible later in the week.”

Scientists fear the high heatwaves could become more common due to climate change.

The extreme heat has caused wildfires in Italy and Greece leaving several dead while flash floods have also affected Turkey, Germany and Belgium.

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