UK weather forecast: Brits bask in 25C Sunday scorcher before 31C 'Saharan spurt' next week
THOUSANDS hit the beach to soak up the 25C sun today – and it is set to get even hotter next week.
The Met Office predicted one last scorcher before Autumn as a 1,500 mile-wide 'Saharan spurt' of hot air passes over Britain.
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The beachgoers enjoyed the last day before the new "rule of six" comes into effect and gatherings of more than six are banned.
People were pictured at popular destinations like Bournemouth Beach in Dorset, Brighton Palace Pier in Sussex, and Hyde Park in London.
The mercury was hottest in the South East today, with highs of 25C in London.
Northern England basked in 20C weather, with highs of 23C elsewhere in England and Wales.
One group of 15 pals travelled from Croydon to Brighton for the day where they revelled in the heat.
Alan Dean, 32, said: “This might be the last time we can do this so we’re making the most of it while we can."
It comes as Britain prepares for tropical sunshine next week, with 31C to blast the country on Monday and Tuesday.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst told The Sun: "We are likely to see temperatures above average for many parts on Monday and Tuesday, particular southern England and Wales.
"The maximum temperatures are likely to be 30C – 31C in the South East on Monday with highs more towards East Anglia on Tuesday."
Temperatures are expected to cool slightly on Wednesday, with highs of 25C in London.
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said the sweltering heat will be caused by a "tropical continental air pushing up from a southerly direction in combination with light winds."
According to Met Office maps, there is a chance of some showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday evening with Western Scotland and Wales expected to be the worst-hit.
The scorching weather will ease off midway through next week as colder air sweeps in to Britain from the Atlantic.
But the sun will return days later, according to the Met Office.
Their long-range forecast suggests settled conditions for the rest of the month.
It follows a 'north-south' split over the weekend.
The south will see largely dry and fine weather, with clear skies and temperatures of between 19C and 21C.
Ms Diamond said: "We’re looking at a mostly dry weekend away from north-west Scotland with the promise of sunshine."
But it's a different story for the north-west and Scotland, who are set to be battered with rain today and tomorrow.
Floods are likely, and spray on roads will make journeys more difficult in the affected regions.
Two yellow weather warnings have been issued for western and north-western Scotland for Sunday, with 150mm of rainfall expected.
It follows a scorching August heatwave – which saw temperatures soar to 34C for six days running.
The mini-heatwave comes just as Boris Johnson has tightened coronavirus restrictions – limiting Brits to meeting in groups of six.
Under strict new coronavirus rules, larger social gatherings indoors and outdoors will be illegal in a bid to beat the spread of infection.
Those who flout it will face a £100 fine, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
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