Brits to sizzle in four-day mini-heatwave this week as summer finally returns

Dust off the beach towel, grab the factor 50 and find those sunglasses – because the UK is set to sizzle once again as the country heats back up to summer scorcher levels.

The news will be music to the ears of millions of Brits who have encountered a wet and miserable August so far with millions of kids forced to stay inside during their summer holidays.

After being battered by rain for much of August so far the Met Office is now predicting temperatures could hit peaks of about 26C in some regions on Wednesday, August 11, with the best of the sunshine expected in the South East of the country as the heatwave hits.

Despite it being the height of summer, rain is still expected in some areas though and particularly in Scotland and the north.

A band of wet weather in the west will move across the East of England throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to forecasts, the Mirror reports.

The change in weather is down to a hot band of weather moving across the south and south east of England and comes after weeks of heavy rain, thunderstorms and floods.

The north of England is expected to see highs of 22 degrees after falling to the low teens on Tuesday, according to the BBC.

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Meteorologist Matt Taylor said temperatures should begin to “creep up” bringing drier weather and longer sunny spells for most parts of England.

He said: “Temperatures should be closer to where they should be at this time of year with one or two areas seeing 25 or 26 degrees possibly."

Forecasters expect the better weather to continue for at least four days before more settled conditions return.

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It comes after a deluge saw some areas hit by a month of rainfall in just the first 10 days of August.

The Met Office said 46mm of rain has so far fallen in Greater London, which usually sees 53mm in the whole of August.

West Sussex has seen 98% of its average rainfall for the month.

Parts of Surrey and areas in the south east have also had up to 85% of their total rainfall for August in just over a week.

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Over the coming weekend, experts say there is an increased chance of showers, possibly thundery and with hail.

Long-range forecasts from Netweather predict temperatures of more than 25C could descend on the nation throughout the following weekend

Some areas of the south west could see soaring temperatures as high as 27C on Sunday August 22.

The charts predict heat will build across the south of England from August 19, with temperatures slowly rising from 23C up to 27C.

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UK Weather Forecast


Cloud and outbreaks of rain over Northern Ireland spreading into Scotland, northern England and Wales, some heavy rain on hills, along with a freshening wind. Elsewhere staying dry with sunny spells, best of the warm sunshine in the southeast.


Light rain and drizzle sinking southwards across the rest of Wales, but slowing across parts of southwest, central and eastern England, where mild. Clearer elsewhere, quite chilly in north.


Early drizzly rain for parts of England fading, warmest and sunniest towards the east and southeast. Northwestern UK seeing increasing numbers of heavy, blustery showers and strengthening winds.

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