BRITS will enjoy unseasonably warm weather towards the end of this month but will have to contend with thunderstorms in the coming days.
Temperatures at this time of year are generally around the 11 degree mark, but the mercury could be almost double that, reaching 20 degrees or more by the end of September, the Met Office says.
Met Office meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey said: “As southerly winds move up from Europe that generally brings us a slightly warmer air direction and temperatures could then rise a little further.”
“Of course it will also depend on exactly what the weather is like in Europe at the time, because we will be relying on that.”
“We may not necessarily see the same extreme heat build-up as we saw this month, but this will increase temperatures above the seasonal average.”
“At this stage there are already signs that they will rise slightly during this warm period and will certainly be above average, so we may be able to increase the temperature to 20°C or 20°C in some places .”
He added: “Many people will have been content with the fact that the weather in October will be relatively unsettled and cold. So if it works, people will just experience a small, late dose of some warmth, even if it’s not this month’s scorching heat.”
However, today will be mainly a mix of showers and sunny spells, with winds easing to the north.
There will be a persistent band of clouds but bringing rain in central parts.
Overnight the overall picture of dry, clear periods mixed with isolated showers will continue, although a band of clouds will develop and move northwards.
Rain showers will continue into Friday and could be heavy in northern areas.
Most of England and Wales will remain largely dry and fine once the morning mist has cleared.
In the south, temperatures will begin to warm, the meteorologist predicts.
On Saturday it will continue to rise in the south, there will be outbreaks of thunderstorms or longer periods of rain at times.
Further north it remains cool.
Conditions will be less humid through Monday.
Thunderstorm conditions will continue into the new working week as a changeable weather period brings widespread rainfall or thundershowers, the latter particularly in parts of England and Wales.
The experts say that temperatures are likely to be average for this time of year, but warm phases can be expected at times.
For the end of September, starting on the 28th, experts are predicting an increased likelihood of some late-season hot spells, with temperatures most likely being above average.