Britons are set to bask in record August Bank Holiday temperatures.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said the mercury could reach 29C making it “potentially the warmest late August Bank Holiday on record which dates back to 1965.”
He said the UK’s previous top August Bank Holiday temperature was 27.1C heat which hit Santon Downham, east Anglia, on August 31 2009.
Predictions are for Monday’s temperatures to hit 28C or 29C in the south east and there is a 20% chance of it climbing to 30C, according to Mr Petagna.
He said the sun is very strong at this time of year so it does not take much for the heat to build up, particularly in urban areas.
The heat is comparable to temperatures hitting Madrid this weekend, while it’s even hotter in the UK than it is in parts of Portugal.
Temperatures will be cooler in Scotland and Northern Ireland with 17C-20C predicted, and the mid-20Cs in central and southern England and south Wales.
The all-time highest temperature recorded in August was 101F - 38.5C- in Faversham, Kent, on August 10 2003, the Met Office said.