Brits are bracing themselves for a scorching hot summer this year with hot temperatures to last until October.
Forecasters are predicting a hotter than average weather spell over the next three months that could see the mercury rise to 36C – as hot as parts of Africa.
Britain has seen bouts of hot weather over the last couple of months with the hottest day of the year so far being 34.5C, recorded on June 21 at Heathrow in London.
The next spell is set to begin in about a week’s time, after a few days of rain, with some parts of the country expected to see temperatures nudge 30C.
The Met Office forecast for July until September said: “The chances of a very hot summer are increased compared to normal, although relatively low overall.
“There is a shift in likelihood towards warmer-than-average conditions.
“For July to September, above average temperatures are more probable than below average.
“The probability UK average temperatures fall into the warmest of our five categories is 30 per cent.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze told the Daily Star Sunday: “Highs of 36C are on the cards this summer, with warm air expected to blow in from Africa.