1. ITV Report

Britain set for heatwave this week

Sun seekers in London. Credit: SWNS

Britons can look forward to a heatwave this week as the country experiences its hottest temperatures since September.

According to forecasters the working week will be book-ended by the best of the weather and the mercury will reach an overall high of up to 27C (80.6F) by Friday as a wave of warm air continues to move across the country.

Across England and Wales temperatures can be expected to be in the 20s throughout the week, with only the odd shower predicted in the west of the country.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will also benefit from its own share of the warm weather although cloud coverage could keep temperatures slightly cooler.

Park goers basking in the sun on Sunday Credit: SWNS
Forecasters say it will be the warmest spell since last September Credit: SWNS

Met Office meteorologist, Alex Burkill, said it was "looking like being the warmest spell we've had since September last year, but it might not last beyond Friday" meaning there could be in a turn in the weather over the Bank Holiday weekend.

He said: "If we reach 26C (78.8F) then we will have the hottest day of the year so far, but it is Friday which is shaping up to see temperatures peaking.

"We are looking at the high 20s - possibly 27C - with warm air coming up from the south. It's going to feel pretty good."