Basketball players enjoy a fine sunny morning on Brighton seafront in East Sussex today as hot weather is forecast

UK weather this week and weekend: Temperatures soar to 86F by Saturday

It’s getting hot! Summer is FINALLY coming as temperatures will rise each day next week until we reach 86F

  • The Brits will be looking forward to a longer run of warm weather, with temperatures rising every day into the weekend
  • Mercury will rise gradually throughout the week, with highs of 22C (72F) forecast in southern England today
  • It will rise to 24 °C (75 °F) tomorrow, 25 °C (77 °F) on Thursday, 27 °C (81 °F) on Friday and 30 °C (86 °F) by the weekend
  • High pressure is now building in the southern half of the UK bringing a calmer period of warmer weather

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Britons are expected to enjoy prolonged summer sunshine and warm weather, with temperatures rising every day, into the weekend – when highs of 30C (86F) are expected.

Mercury is set to rise gradually over the course of this week, with southern England highs of 22°C (72°F) today, 24°C (75°F) tomorrow, 25°C (77°F) on Thursday and 27°C ( 81°F) to be forecast on Friday.

The Met Office said high pressure is now building in the southern half of the UK, bringing with it a calmer period of warmer weather after variable conditions for many areas over the past week.

Forecasters said temperatures for the southern and eastern parts of the UK “will rise slowly by the day”, with dry and sunny weather for those areas – although some showers are possible further north.

Rebekah Sherwin, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “The impact of the high pressure is likely to continue into the second week of July in the southern areas and could be more widespread at times.

Basketball players enjoy a fine sunny morning on Brighton seafront in East Sussex today as hot weather is forecast

Basketball players enjoy a fine sunny morning on Brighton seafront in East Sussex today as hot weather is forecast

Open water swimmers take to the water on Brighton's West Pier today on a fine sunny morning

Open water swimmers take to the water on Brighton’s West Pier today on a fine sunny morning

The sun rises over farmers' wheat fields in Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning

The sun rises over farmers’ wheat fields in Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning

“Temperatures are expected to be well above average, particularly in the south, with some areas posting highs of a high 20C, locally 30C (86F) by this weekend.”

Mercury could rise even further to 31C (86F) by next Tuesday before leveling off at around 27C (81F) for the rest of next week, although Ms Sherwin said the overall forecast for was “more insecure” this weekend.

She added: “While it may well remain warm, the extent, magnitude and duration of these above-average temperatures are not clear at this time and will only be known as the time approaches.”

Tonight it will be a dry evening with late rays of sunshine in England and Wales, although there will be thick clouds over Scotland and Northern Ireland with rain spreading from the west.

Overnight it will remain cloudy with rain that can be heavy in the north, but remain dry further south.

Tomorrow will then see a cloudy and wet start in Scotland and Northern Ireland with outbreaks of rain which can be locally heavy initially.

Further south it will be mainly dry with periods of light or sunny weather, although there will also be large areas of cloud cover bringing the possibility of some isolated showers.

Thursday will be mostly dry but cloudy with heavy cloud cover – and there is a chance of isolated and light showers developing.

It will be a fine day on Friday as most areas will be dry with some sunshine but more cloud and showers possible in the west.

Bookmaker William Hill offers 11/10 that a temperature of 30C (86F) has been recorded this weekend and 4/7 that the UK is hotter than Rio de Janeiro and 8/11 that it is warmer than is in the Seychelles.

It also features 6/4 and 2/1 with UK temperatures beating Ibiza and Mallorca respectively.

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