BRITS can look forward to the Indian summer lasting a fortnight with temperatures set to soar to a high of 26C as the murky conditions today are set to clear away.
The working week got off to a grey and rather miserable start with southern areas covered in cloud and cooler temperatures compared to the bright sunshine over the weekend.
Southern and northern areas could also see some spells of light rain and drizzle during the day and northern Scotland could see some heavy showers and fairly strong winds across north-east Scotland.
Today’s weather was in stark contrast to the weekend as many Brits made their way to the beaches up and down the country as temperatures hit 25C in London and 24C in Southampton.
But the cloud and drizzle are expected to clear away in southern England by tonight although there will be some fog patches as well as some low-hanging clouds with the possibility of some frost on the grass overnight.
The Indian summer though is due to be back with a bang on Tuesday with most parts of the country having a sunny day with a few light winds.
The south and south-west are due to get the best of the day’s weather and the far north could see the odd shower.
Those warm and sunny conditions look set to remain for the rest of the week although the light winds will also be present with temperatures rising as the week progresses.
Northern parts will see some rain and drizzle and the nights could get chilly and some morning fog and mist could be present first thing but these will quickly clear away.
Over the weekend a north-west/south-east split is expected with the dry, sunny weather expected to stay in the south but the far north west is due to be wet and windy.
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Met Office spokesperson Nicky Moxey told The Sun Online: “It’s going to be a nice week; a nice warm spell.
“There’s a warm front running east to west and temperatures will be rising as the week goes on with Saturday being the warmest day with many southern parts seeing temperatures around 25-26C.
“High pressure is in charge all week except for the far northern parts of Scotland which will see some unsettled weather and the risk of rain and drizzle.”
The Met Office website said most of Britain is set for “plenty of sunshine and warmth” over the coming days.
It added that the week will bring: “Predominantly settled conditions across the UK, with any wet and windy weather confined to the far north.”
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The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “26C is possible later in the coming week as a thrust of subtropical air brings Indian Summer-style conditions, with plenty of warm sunshine and beach weather for parts.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Subtropical southerlies bring the prospect of fine, warm weather.
“The mid-20s may be seen, more typical of midsummer, before a downward trend in temperatures towards September 29.”
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