BRITS could be set to bask in searing heat as the mercury shoots up to almost 38C.
A blast of hot air coming up from the Costa Del Sol being called the “Mediterranean Melt” could potentially bring us the hottest July day on record.
In 2015 temperatures hit 36.7C at Heathrow airport but this year’s blistering summer sun is threatening that record.
Thursday or Friday this week will see temperatures soaring into the high 90s, edging ever nearer to 37.8C.
The season has already been the driest in almost six decades with Brooms Barn in Suffolk not seeing a sprinkling for 45 days.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told The Sun Online: “There will be a bit of a Northwest/Southeast split in the UK on Monday.
Brighton Pier and beach were packed on Saturday[/caption]
“North and western parts of the UK will see quite a cloudy day with some patchy rain at times.
“The further south and eastern you are the drier it will be and also the warmer it will be as well.
“Tuesday will see some showery outbreaks but mainly lots of sunny spells across the country.
“Wednesday looks like it will be a dry day with sunny spells across most of the UK but a small risk isolated thunderstorms in central and south eastern parts.”
Nine million drivers are enduring traffic hell this weekend as Britain officially bakes in the driest start to summer for more than half a century.
Motorways and the A14 in Cambridgeshire were packed on Saturday as families set off on holidays.
Sunbathers on the beach enjoyed a warm sunny day at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset[/caption]
The RAC said: “We anticipate minimum 40-minute delays but that could quadruple with accidents.”
It comes is set to swelter in 35C next week as searing temperatures return and bookies slash odds on the UK’s hottest day ever.
With Met Office experts confidently predicting 35C heat bookies have slashed the odds on Brits enjoying the hottest ever day to just 2/1.
The record currently stands at 38.5C – taken in 2003 at Brogdale, near Faversham, Kent.
Europe is heating up with plenty of hot sunshine expected to sweep in to the UK[/caption]
Britain’s roads were busy as people headed off on holiday after schools broke up on Friday[/caption]
The beaches of Britain were packed on Saturday as the temperature rose[/caption]
Public Health England issued a warning for Brits to make sure they protect themselves from harmful UV rays as temperatures creep ever higher.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “After 31C on Sunday, Monday sees a step up in temperatures to 32C, with Tuesday and Wednesday seeing a chance of 33C – and I wouldn’t bet against 34C locally.
“The second half of the week is likely to stay hot, with a more pronounced southerly feed meaning potential for a degree or two more, with 35C shown on forecast models.
“The following week looks like things further hot weather in the South and East.”
A woman takes in the sunshine in Dorset on Saturday[/caption]
This pair – with an excellent choice of reading material – keep sunsafe in the shade[/caption]
The parched and cracked landscape at Yarrow reservoir near Chorley – it has dried out in the heat[/caption]
But even before we get there things are looking bright and sunny, with the fine weather returning after a series of thunderstorms and downpours yesterday.
The Met Office said today could get to near-30C, and would be followed by 31C tomorrow, 32C on Monday and 33C or 34C on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thunderstorm warnings were in place across most of south-east England until the end of yesterday, with much of the UK seeing some rain.
Sunseekers headed to the seaside at Bournemouth beaches to enjoy the fine weather[/caption]
Taking in the sunshine, and the news, at Lyme Regis in Dorset[/caption]
Dorset baked in the heat on Saturday as Britain enjoys sunny weather[/caption]
Forecasters “probably won’t need” to extend them into Saturday although heavy rain was persisting in the South West and Wales.
There were concerns earlier over potential travel disruption as holidaymakers began to set off following the start of the school break.
Clouds this morning should later make way for afternoon sunshine, with temperatures expected to reach 29C (84F) in London.
Mr Keates said: “There will still be dribs and drabs of drizzly rain in places but the amount of rain at this stage should probably not be much.
“Most places will see some sunshine by the afternoon but there still will be quite a lot of cloud in some places – it won’t be wall-to-wall sunshine.”
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Sunday will be the better of the two days, with England seeing “fine, dry weather, sunny spells”, with the mercury rising above 30C (86F).
The South East and parts of Wales will experience temperatures in the mid-20s, rising on Sunday, while north-west Scotland will see cloudier and wetter conditions.
As of Wednesday, the UK had just 1.85in (47mm) of rain, making it the driest start to summer in modern records which date back to 1961, followed by 2013 with 2.3in (59mm) of rain.
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