Britain is set to scorch in temperatures reaching up to 31C next week – the start of seven-day lockdown heatwave.
Forecasters say temperatures are on the rise as we move through the weekend and into next week – with low pressure being replaced by sizzling European air moving in from the south.
However, parts of the UK, especially the north west, could continue to see showers across the weekend before high temperatures next week.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “Over the weekend we replace this humid air at the moment causing thunder, with another area of low pressure bringing in fresher conditions.
“There are signs into next week of drier, sunnier weather and perhaps warmer – specifically in parts of the south.
“The north west is likely to remain more unsettled.
“We have low pressure nearby at the moment, winds are light so thunderstorms being creates are slow moving and that’s why they are dropping a lot of rain.
“As we go over the next few days that is replaced by another area of low pressure – but that is coming in from the Atlantic and has very different characteristics.
“It will bring in fresher air and the winds will be stronger.”
After a mixture of conditions this weekend, Alex said next week could see a big change – specifically for those in the south east.
He added: “A switch of wind direction means is pretty good news for the east coast.
“We switch to south westerly winds meaning eastern areas have an offshore wind so it turns much brighter and warmer.
“Beyond that, although low pressure is sticking nearby, it looks like it will hang out in the north west and higher pressure will move in.
“In the south and east high pressure means drier and sunnier weather – and it could warm up as well.
“European charts suggesting there is some really warm air nearby that could allow for some it to waft up across parts of the south.”
Some parts of the UK hit by a deluge of rain saw flooding after low pressure fronts brought stormy conditions.
Hundreds of homes were flooded yesterday – some for a third time this year.
Emergency services pumped water out of houses in Pentre, Wales, a village flooded twice when Storm Dennis hit in February. Yellow thunderstorm warnings were in place for London, southern England and parts of south Wales.
Ryan Shelton posted footage of a submerged street in Ilkeston, Derbys, and said the flooding was “worse than ever”. The 34-year-old said it was “quite scary” how 20 minutes of rain left 1.2m of floodwater.
Floodgates protected the front of his home but water got in the back via sewage pipes – leaving a “dreadful” scene. Residents had just six sandbags to protect 20 houses and were forced to unblock drains themselves.
And the weather was so unseasonal residents on Cavell Close in Walsall, West Mids, were baffled to wake to what looked like a covering of snow after a hailstorm created a wintry scene in 16C.
UK 5 day weather forecast
A mixture of cloud, bright or sunny spells and showers. Some heavy showers across northern England, Northern Ireland and then western Scotland during the afternoon.
Rain, some heavy, in the north clearing, then clear intervals with a few fog patches developing in the south later.
A brighter day and feeling warm in the sunshine. A few isolated showers in central and southern areas, but most places dry. Turning wet and windy Northern Ireland later.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Sunny spells and showers on Sunday; showers most frequent in the northwest. Further rain in the northwest on Monday and Tuesday. Elsewhere mostly dry and increasingly warm and sunny.