SCORCHING temperatures of 26C are expected THIS WEEK as an Indian summer is on its way.
September could be hotter than previously expected, with temperatures reaching into the 20Cs by the end of the week.
It comes after yesterday's chilly Bank Holiday Monday which saw freezing temperatures, the Met Office has said.
Temperatures are set to remain in the teens across the country and could struggle to reach double figures in parts.
The sudden cold spell will descend because of a 500 mile-wide freak "polar plunge"
In some areas temperatures plunged to zero overnight.
The mercury dropped to just 0.6c in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire last night.
It comes as Brits are could be set to bask in 26C sun at the end of the week, as hot air pushes up from the continent.
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WEDNESDAY’S WEATHER WARNING: WHAT TO EXPECT
On Wednesday, there is a weather warning in place for southwestern Scotland.
Spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer in the area.
Bus and train services will also probably be affected.
Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, because of the intense wet weather.
WEATHER WARNING ISSUED
A yellow weather warning has been issued for Wednesday, lasting the entire day.
The severe rain warning is in place for parts of southwest Scotland, with up to 30mm of rainfall expected.
In some areas, rainfall could reach up to 60mm.
CLOUD IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND
The Met Office has said that it will be much cloudier for Northern Ireland and Scotland this afternoon, in comparison to the rest of the UK.
There will also be some rain in the far northwest, and the best of sunshine will be seen in the northeast.
This comes after an unseasonably cold August Bank Holiday.
WEEKEND WILL BRING SUNSHINE
According to Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon, any wet conditions will settle into the weekend, with dry and sunny spells ready to blast Britain.
He told the Sun Online: “There will be pockets of pleasant weather in the week, with warm and drier weather expected on the weekend.
“Although there is a rain warning covering one area, there will be plenty of dry conditions around and any sunshine will certainly feel warm.”
It comes as Ladbrokes slashes odds on the hottest September ever this month.
The bookies have already cut odds for a scorching September from 5/2 to just 6/4 as temperatures rise.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It's looking more and more likely Brits will be treated to record-breaking September sunshine.”
WET AND WINDY ON WEDNESDAY
Rain will be spreading in from the west on Wednesday, bringing with it windy spells and harsh gusts.
The Northwest of Britain will particularly be hit with the new autumnal weather.
INDIAN SUMMER STILL ON THE CARDS
An IndianSummer is still on the cards for Britain with “above average” temperatures expected later this month.
The balmy weather will follow highs of 22C sunshine this week, with another warm and dry weekend ahead.
The mercury is set to hit highs of 21C in London today, with temperatures reaching up to 20C in the rest of the country.
FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN
Today, September 1, is officially the meteorological first day of autumn.
Meteorologist Simon King has said: “While we’ve got an autumnal chill in the air, it’s going to be a fine day for the most of us.”
There will be sunny spells this morning, with cloud developing in the afternoon.
WARM NIGHT TONIGHT ACROSS BRITAIN
High pressure, which is dominating at the moment, will weaken and make sunny spells light and patchy as we go into Tuesday night.
Tonight is not going to be as cold as last night – and tomorrow, bursts of rain from the Atlantic will move from the west to east of the UK.
CLOUDS TO BUILD AND SPREAD TODAY
BBC Weather's Carole Kirkwood has said that clouds will “build and spread out” across the UK today – but nonetheless there will be some sunny spells.
Highs of 20C will be seen in the south of England today, with 15C in the Scottish Highlands.
BRITS HIT THE TOWN – DESPITE FREEZING TEMPERATURES
Boozy Brits made the most of the long Bank Holiday weekend by hitting the town again last night – despite the cold weather
With nightclubs still shut, revellers toasted the end of the celebratory bank holiday by hitting packed pubs and bars across the UK.
STORM AIDEN: FIRST ON THE NEW LIST
Storm Aiden will be the first cyclone to batter the UK this winter as the Met Office releases its full list of storm names for the coming year.
Bella, Darcy, Gavin, Saidhbhin and Wilson are just some of the other storm names picked by the Met Office for next year's dangerous weather.
For five years, the most serious storms have been named to help keep Brits safe and raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.
Storms are given names when they are likely to trigger amber or red weather warning and cause devastation across the country.
This year, the Met Office asked the public to send in their ideas for names and were flooded with suggestions.
22C EXPECTED IN THE SOUTH ON FRIDAY
Mr Finnis said: “Some uncertainty later in the week how quickly weather fronts will clear away.
“But it looks like a trailing cold front across southern areas will bring cloudier skies and some occasional patchy rain on Thursday and Friday.
“While northern areas will be brighter and breezier but with some blustery showers passing through.”
“Thursday maybe the warmest day of the week in the south, perhaps reaching 20-22C here before the front clears later on Friday, high teens elsewhere.”
ATLANTIC HEAT TO SCORCH BRITAIN AS TEMPS ROCKET
Britain will see a return to hot weather as temperatures rocket back up into the 20s this week.
Nick Finnis at Netweather has forecasted highs of 22C in the south by Friday.
STORM NAMES FOR 2020-21 RELEASED
The Met Office has released the names they will use for storms in 2020-21.
Is your name on the list?
EMPTY BOURNEMOUTH BEACH YESTERDAY
TEMPS HIT ZERO OVER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Brits have shivered through one of the coldest late August bank holidays on record after temperatures plunged to ZERO in some areas overnight.
But the so-called 'polar plunge' hasn't stopped hardy staycationers from making the most of their long weekend.
The mercury dropped to just 0.6c in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire on Sunday night.
CAMPERS LINE UP IN LYME REGIS
Campers were spotted in glowing tents last night as the sun went down over Lyme Regis in Dorset.
A RED MOON RISES
This is the moon behind St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, tonight.
HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT TONIGHT
According to the Met office, most places in the UK will be dry and cool with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells.
The odd light shower is possible in the far southeast, whilst northwestern parts can expect clouding with some rain later.
EARLY SEPTEMBER LIKELY TO BE A WASH OUT
The week ahead is expected to be warm but very wet in some places as a weather front arrives off the Atlantic this evening, hammering the North West with up to 42mm of rain by Thursday.
The rest of the week is expected to remain warm, in the mid teens for most of the UK.
REVELLERS HIT THE STREETS FOR NOTTING HILL IN SPITE OF PATCHY WEATHER
Notting Hill Carnival was packed today as revellers went out in spite of coronavirus and the rain.
BEAUTIFUL SUNSET OVER LONDON AND THE REST OF THE UK
A couple has just been pictured walking across Westminster Bridge as the sun sets beside Big Ben.
Today's sunset will officially be at 7.48pm, according to timeanddate.com.
Tonight will see the moon 98 per cent full.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING DAYS
SWIMMERS BRAVE THE CHILLY WATER TO JUMP OFF DURDLE DOOR
Swimmers were seen braving the chilly waters off Durdle Door in Dorset earlier.
Dorset had a patchy but broadly sunny day, with highs of 17 degrees this afternoon.
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