Britons shook off their post-summer blues today as glorious weather drove sun-lovers out of their homes and on to the nations beaches and parks.
Britain is hotter than Bondi Beach as an 800-mile wide ‘tropical thrust’ of hot air brings a two-week Indian Summer lasting until October – with highs nudging 27C (81F).
After around 26C today, the Met Office forecasts a showery 21C Monday before widespread sunshine from Tuesday as highs climb back to 25C from Thursday for the weekend.
The Weather Outlook, predicting ‘Indian Summer-style’ conditions are likely with 26C possible.
Average September highs are just 18C. The Met Office forecast tropical heat arriving – as shown on a weather map below.
People enjoy the warm weather by the River Thames in London as highs of 26c are expected today
A man takes a snooze on Southbank in London as the Gherkin tower and Walkie-talkie building can be seen in the back-ground
People can be seen relaxing in front of London Bridge as temperatures soar for the weekend, with an Indian Summer gracing the UK
Crowds gather on a strip pf grass on Southbank, London, by the river Thames, to lie in the sun on the unexpectedly sunny September day
Today in Brighton Triathlon goers were thankful for the clear skies and moderate temperatures this morning, which have given way to temperatures reaching 27C. Swimmers can be seen taking part in the triathlon in the sea (left) and running on the sea front (right)
The 800-mile wide ‘tropical thrust’ of hot air is shown. Britain is hotter than Spain with a two-week Indian Summer lasting until October – with highs nudging 27C (81F)
Visitors at Bournemouth beach yesterday took to the sand to make the most of the hot weekend as swimmers and surfers enjoy the warm sea
Shielding the sun from their eyes these two deck chair dwellers are ready to enjoy a long day on the beach as they make themselves comfortable
Natasha Jenkins enjoys the sunshine by the beach, in Swansea Bay, Wales, yesterday
It’s a heatwave! Two sunbathers doze on the beach as they make the most of the sun with a flask of tea by their side in Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
A young man can be seen jumping of the pontoon in the sea as members of the public take advantage of one of the last days of sunshine to spend time on the beach in Brighton and Hove
Members of the public take advantage of one of the last days of sunshine to spend time on the beach in Brighton and Hove
Temperatures remain approximately one or two degrees warmer across the UK on Sunday, while typical Autumn weather will resume later in the week
Britain will be hotter than 21C Bondi, Sydney, in springtime Australia, and 23C Madrid and 22C Santander, Spain.
The Met Office forecast mainly settled conditions with ‘warm sunshine’ for up to two weeks, until the end of September.
Highs are more like midsummer than autumn, said ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending.
20,000 beach visitors were expected in Brighton yesterday (Sun) as daytrippers saw heavier traffic on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton and A31 to Dorset.
The warm spell saw Tesco’s weekend sales expected to total 400,000 packets of sausages, 200,000 tubs of ice cream and two million bottles of beer.
A full rare Harvest moon is seen rising behind skyscrapers at Canary Wharf and the London skyline last night
The harvest moon’s name comes from when farmers needed to start gathering crops for the winter months and they used the bright light of the moon to make their working day longer
The Harvest Moon rising above Ely Cathedral in the Cambridgeshire Fens on Saturday evening September 14th
The Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon which takes place closest to the Autumn equinox. A passenger plane passes in front of the full moon as it approaches heathrow
Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said: ‘After 25C on Sunday, a fresher Monday follows – before highs climb through the week, with the mid-20s, maybe 25C, at end of the week.
‘There will be sunny spells widely from Tuesday, with high pressure and a lot of tropical air being drawn up.
‘It’s a definite change after an unsettled early September. ‘And the week from September 23 also looks like remaining fairly settled with high pressure, although the North-West may see some more unsettled weather at times.’
Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: ‘Spells of warm sunshine are likely to continue. It is likely settled conditions will prevail until the end of September.’
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.’