18/06/2013 05:56 BST

UK Weather: Britain To Bask In Hottest Day Of The Year So Far

A Buttercup covered field near Stirling, Scotland as the UK enjoys the warmest weather so far this year

Dust off your flip flops, snap open the sun lotion and arm yourself with a miniature fan.. Britain is to bask in the hottest days of the year so far over the next two days.

Temperatures will reach a high of 26C (78F) on Tuesday before possibly hitting 30C (86F) tomorrow, according to MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

But high humidity means many areas could see rain and thunderstorms tomorrow morning and evening and sunshine struggling to break through the cloud.

Brendan Jones, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup, said the weather was being carried by warm air coming up from the Continent, with Germany, France and the Low Countries seeing temperatures soar past 30C (86F) in the past few days.

"It does look as if today and tomorrow are going to be very warm," he said.

"I think today will be the hottest day of the year and tomorrow will break that again."

Temperatures should be high across England and Wales, with the South East seeing the highest temperatures, he said.

Because of the large amount of cloud, they are likely to hit a high of around 28C (82F) tomorrow, but any areas lucky enough to have sunshine all day may see temperatures hitting 29C (84F) or 30C (86F).

Further north, temperatures will remain lower, and they will fall back to the low 20Cs from Thursday, Mr Jones said.

The welcome warm blast follows what the Met Office said was the coldest spring since 1962, with a mean temperature across March, April and May of 6C (43F), 1.7C below the long-term average.