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Temperatures across the south set to soar this week

Temperatures set to soar across the south Credit: PA

After a disappointingly cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

Forecasters predict sunshine will bathe large parts of the UK over the next few days, with temperatures in the South reaching 25C (77F) or even 26C (78.8F).

This is considerably warmer than the mid-September average of around 17C (62.6F), the Met Office said.

The unusual warmth is down to an area of high pressure over the UK moving slowly towards Scandinavia throughout the week, bringing low pressure towards southern parts of Britain.

While this will bring some heavy showers - along with cloud from the North Sea that will keep some eastern parts cooler - the low pressure will also drag in warm winds from the Mediterranean Sea and France, leading to rising temperatures across parts of the country.

Mark Wilson, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said it would feel warmer with each day during the week but not everywhere would see sunshine.

He said: "In the far north east and in eastern Scotland in particular it is going to stay that bit cloudier and therefore be cooler.

"But elsewhere, the further west you go there is going to be more in the way of sunny spells, and day by day we are going to see a gradual increase in temperatures.<

"Today we are expecting highs of around 22C (71.6F) in the London area, but tomorrow we could be seeing 23C (73.4F).

"By Thursday, in the parts of the country that get the sunshine - the West and the South - we could be seeing 25C (77F) or even 26C (78.8F)."

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