Britain is set for a heatwave next week, with tennis fans likely to enjoy scorching temperatures as the Wimbledon Championships begin.
The mercury could hit 35C (95F) by the middle to end of the week, which would smash the 2015 UK high of 26.8C (80F) set on June 12 in London.
But there is a degree of uncertainty as an area of low pressure develops off the coast, which is likely to bring showers to parts of the country on Monday.
Meanwhile Glastonbury Festival in Somerset has been unable to escape its infamous forecast of rain, with showers predicted tomorrow and on Sunday.
But temperatures are expected to remain at around 21C (70F) or 22C (72F) for the event with dry weather expected today and on Saturday.
Feeling hot hot hot: High temperature predictions for next Thursday from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
What a scorcher: This maximum temperature chart for Thursday next week shows that the South could see temperatures in the mid-30s
Red alert: This is the Met Office’s surface temperature forecast for next Wednesday, which is also expected to be a very hot day
But things are looking up into next week. The Weather Channel UK said in its forecast today that it is ‘now looking even more certain that the UK will experience a heatwave next week’.
The Met Office expects that the high temperatures in Britain are unlikely to continue long enough next week to be classified as an official heatwave.
It said a heatwave is usually defined by forecasters as a period of much warmer than average temperatures for a ‘prolonged period’ – about five days.
However Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel UK, said temperatures of up to 34C (93F) were possible in the South by Thursday.
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