BRITAIN will bake in 77F (25C) heat this weekend as Summer makes its final bow.
The sizzler is expected to see temperatures soar well above the 66F (19C) average.
And it will be of welcome relief to the flood-soaked residents of Ottery St Mary in Devon.
The town was hit by flash floods on Monday which blocked roads and submerged cars.
More rain is expected on Wednesday before the mercury begins its recovery.
By Thursday temperatures could be as high as 75F (24C).
They will continue to increase throughout the weekend and are set to remain above average well into next week.
HIGH PRESSURE BAND
Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “The warm weather is being brought in by a band of high pressure.
“By Thursday we’ll see largely dry and sunny weather with temperatures above average for this time of year.
“That’ll continue into the weekend and looks like it’s going to stay well into next week too.”
It comes after the town of Ottery St Mary was left under water on Monday by flash flooding.
Cops urged drivers to avoid the area as water levels in the area rose to ‘waist high’.
Officers were scrambled to offer help to those affected as torrents of muddy water swept through the town.
The nearby town of Honiton was also hit.
TUESDAY: High: 68F (20C) Overnight low: 46F (8C) Largely dry with sunny spells, heavy rain in north west
WEDNESDAY: High: 72F (22C) Overnight low: 43F (6C) Outbreaks of rain
THURSDAY: High: 75F (24C) Overnight low: 37F (3C) Patchy rain, heavy at times
The Met Office had earlier issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for the region and said it would remain in place until 8pm on Monday night. They said nearly an inch of rain had fallen in just a matter of hours.
A council spokesperson said they were assessing the damage to the local area but some residents told how the water had breached their homes.
Shocked mum Rachel Hine, 19, told how she was almost knocked off her feet by the flood waters as she waited for a bus.
Nursery worker Rachel said: “I could see there were puddles when I left work but within 15 minutes it was really bad. I was getting soaked as water was coming up and through the bus shelter.
“By the time I left the bus stop I almost fell over from the force of water which was brown and murky and going quite fast.
“It was half way up my shin as I walking across the road to get back to my boyfriend’s house.
“By the time I got back my boots were full of water and I was absolutely soaked.”
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Miss Mitchell said: “It’s been pretty heavy in the warning areas of Devon and Cornwall.
“The rain is going to move towards central and southern areas overnight, affecting Dorset and Hampshire.
“We’re going to see more rain later this week, particularly on Wednesday, before the arrival of drier, warmer weather.”
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