Britain could be once again basking in scorching temperatures in the coming days – but not before more heavy rain strikes throughout the country.
Some forecasters are predicting up to 30C next week – with the majority of meteorologists agreeing drier weather is on the way at the very least.
But before that there’s plenty more rain and heavy winds to come this week, with gusts in parts of Scotland to exceed 40mph on Monday.
BBC forecaster Helen Willetts said from the weekend a southerly wind is due to move in meaning “the temperature is likely to start to rise”.
“But there’s quite a bit of uncertainty in the forecast that far ahead,” she admitted.
“And even if the temperature does rise we are only looking at, we think, the low to mid-20s at this stage.”
BBC weather maps suggest highs of 24C in London by Tuesday next week with the south set to see several days of warm and dry weather.
Meanwhile, Netweather has reported temperatures hitting 26C for large parts of the country between Sunday 12 and July 20.
And has indicated temperatures could reach 30C as the jet stream moves towards the south of the UK.
In regards to today, Ms Willetts said: “Still windy, particularly so in the north east of Scotland, windier than it was over the weekend here – but elsewhere starting to ease.
“The amount of shower activity will ease as well. It will be a fresher start as well.
“We’ve lost that humidity we had through the weekend nights. With slightly less wind, and fewer showers I think it will feel slightly warmer but remember there will be some heavy showers across eastern areas.”
On Tuesday, a new weather system is due to move in through the day bringing some “warmer Atlantic air, so we start to pick the humidity up again”.
However, parts of the UK will see “quite a lot of rain through the course of the afternoon”.
Ms Willetts admitted the forecast for the week is still fairly unclear but said the new system will “meander its way around” but could be “pushed out of the way by high pressure” as the week progresses.
The Met Office’s long range forecast states: “Temperatures are likely to be either around or on the warmer side of average, with the warmest conditions likely in the southeast.”
UK 5 day weather forecast
A mixture of cloud and sunny spells, conditions less windy than Sunday but still breezy. Some showers, mainly in the far north and east, but many areas mostly dry.
Showers becoming confined to far north. Most places having a dry night with some clear periods. A cool night for many.
Cloud, wind and rain spreading east across centrals areas during the day. Sunny spells and a few showers in the north, while southern areas will probably stay dry.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Cloudy with rain at times for Wales and parts of England, heaviest and most prolonged the west. Mainly dry and bright in the north, spreading to all areas by Friday.