TEMPERATURES in the UK are set to hit 30C this week, making September one of the hottest on record.
Most parts of the country will experience spells of warm weather over the next few days, the Met Office said.
Forecaster John Griffiths said "much of England and Wales will be dry warm and sunny if not even locally very warm" by Monday afternoon.
The weather will still be warm on Wednesday, with highs of 27 or 28 forecast, but at the weekend temperatures are set to drop to the low 20s.
The hot weather comes as the new rule of six was introduced in England today – meaning it will be illegal to meet in groups of more than six people indoors and outdoors.
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TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said temperatures will be above average on Monday and Tuesday.
He 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.”
BLAST OF SUMMER
Forecaster Bonnie Diamond said the hot weather fills like “one blast of summer” even though we are, meteorologically speaking, in autumn.
The hot weather follows an August heatwave when temperatures topped 34C (93F) for six days running.
Thousands hit the beach yesterday to soak up the 25C sun before the new “rule of six” came into force today.
Families and groups of pals packed out beaches in Bournemouth, Merseyside and Brighton as well as London's Hyde Park and Regents Park.
MINI HEATWAVE THIS WEEK
Temperatures are set to be warm in the UK this week, with highs of 30C.
The mini-heatwave comes thanks to a Saharan burst of hot air passing over Britain.
September is set to be one of the hottest on record – the highest temperature ever recorded in September was 35.6C (96F) in 1906.
The hot weather comes as the new rule of six was introduced in England today, meaning it will be illegal to meet in groups of more than six people both indoors and outdoors.
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