An official heat wave is expected in parts of the UK within a few days, with temperatures reaching nearly 30 ° C according to forecasters.
The Met Office said that in some areas, people will bask in the heat and sunshine Monday through Wednesday.
A location meets the UK heatwave threshold if it covers a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures that vary across the country.
These include 25 ° C (77 ° F) for Central England and Wales – where the threshold was predicted to be exceeded – and 28 ° C (82.4 ° F) for London and the South East.
Thunderstorms are also expected in the second half of the week to end the hot spell.
It comes as bookmaker Coral cut odds from 2-1 to 4-5 for a record-breaking September in the UK.
According to weather experts, mercury is expected to exceed the September average, which is 18 ° C in the UK.
Annie Shuttleworth, a Met Office forecaster, said, “We expect temperatures to rise at the start of the new week.
“Sunday will be a cloudy and humid day for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland, while the day further south will see bright and sunny conditions with temperatures in the mid-twenties.
“Despite a cloudy start to Monday, conditions for much of England and East Wales will be clear and bright with hot temperatures as continental air pours in from the south.
“That air will begin to penetrate the country on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing temperatures up to 29 ° C (84.2 ° F) for parts of the southeast as Scotland and Northern Ireland also move into the mid-1920s will.”
She added, “It gets very warm for the time of year and could be quite uncomfortable even for people who want to sleep at night as the evening temperatures stay around 18 ° C.”
Ms. Shuttleworth said this represented a “decent chance” of an official heat wave for parts of Central England and East Wales, where the temperature threshold required over three days is 25 ° C (77 ° F).
However, she warned of a low pressure area that is invading from the west on Wednesday afternoon and bringing gray and wet conditions to much of the UK on Thursday.
A spokesperson said: “Summer may not be over yet and with a mini heat wave the chances of this month ending as a record-breaking September have increased significantly.”
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