SUMMER is set to heat up with the return of a near-record hot spell by the end of the week, say forecasters.
Temperatures could rise as high as 37C on Friday and Saturday.
It comes after the mercury tipped 37.8C at Heathrow airport on Saturday — the third-highest temperature ever recorded in the UK.
Blustery weather and showers are expected across much of the country until Thursday, when a high pressure front building over the continent will move in and turn up the heat. ‘There’s a 20 per cent chance of 37C on Friday or Saturday,’ said Met Office forecaster John Griffiths. ‘A southerly flow means 35C is possible by Friday, with Saturday potentially a whisker warmer. It’s a similarly hot air mass to last week.’
London is expected to be hotter than Athens, but temperatures will be even higher in Spain, Portugal and France, said BBC forecaster Stav Danaos.
However, the ‘great news’ for millions of Brits taking a staycation amid the Covid crisis is the sun is set to shine bright throughout August, said John Hammond, of Weathertrending.
‘Plenty of fine weather is further ahead, with more potential for (temperatures) in the 30s,’ he added
This summer is on track to be the coldest since 2015 but bookmakers have slashed the odds on August being the hottest ever to 4-7 on. Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: ‘We’re going to melt this month.’ The UK’s record-high temperature was 38.7C set in Cambridge on July 25 last year.