However, changeable, cooler conditions seem likely to extend slowly east to all areas by next weekend, preceded by thunderstorms in places.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Martin Young, said: “By the middle of next week we’ll see temperatures across much of England and Wales widely climbing into the mid to high twenties Celsius and it will probably be hot in parts of southern and eastern England, as temperatures peak close to 30 Celsius.
“It’s possible Northern Ireland and Scotland will join the rest of the country in seeing a spell of warmer weather later next week, as this hot air from the continent extends northwards across the UK.
“We’re keeping a close eye on the possibility of severe thunderstorms developing later next week too, triggered by the warm continental air.”
There is wide agreement next week the heat will ramp up as hot air from the continent sweeps in.