Unseasonably hot weather is headed our way in a matter of days, with Britain set to be warmer than Corfu in places.
Temperatures this weekend are expected to reach into the mid to high-20Cs, well above the average for October, and the start of next week will also be warm. It comes following the hottest September on record.
Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis writes: "October continues the warmer than average trend that September finished with. This coming weekend could see temperatures reach 24-26C across south-east England and East Anglia and generally reaching the low 20Cs across large parts of England and east Wales too."
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He adds: "26-27C can’t be ruled out." Earlier this week Exacta Weather's James Madden said even 30C wasn't out of the question.
It means that those in the south-east, East Anglia and southern-central regions will experience higher temperatures than people in Corfu. There, the mercury is expected to peak at 23C on Saturday and 22C on Sunday.
It awaits to be seen whether the conditions will constitute an extremely-rare October heatwave. The Met Office defines a heatwave as "when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding a heatwave temperature threshold. The threshold varies by UK county in the range 25–28C."
The warmth is expected to continue into next week with temperatures in the low to mid 20Cs in the south-east. However, according to Netweather, weather models show conditions cooling from Thursday next week.
For this week, the Met Office's Stephen Dixon said: "An unseasonably warm spell is likely for those in the south of the UK as we head towards the weekend.
"That being said in the next couple of days there are periods of rain moving in from the west on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
"There is some rain around as we move through the working week, perhaps those furthest south in England escaping some of those showers."
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