BRITS have been hitting the beach to soak up glorious autumnal 25C sunshine – and it could get even hotter.
Forecasters believe the balmy weekend will be the start of a two-week Indian summer before chillier weather takes hold.
The Met Office recorded 25C in London this afternoon, while those visiting Southampton enjoyed a sunny 24C.
Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said temperatures will remain warm for the rest of the week – possibly climbing to 26C.
High pressure is expected to “dominate next week, maintaining the generally dry theme”, the Met Office said.
Helen Roberts said: “Much of next week is looking generally fairly quiet and settled.
“There will be sunny spells widely from Tuesday, with high pressure and a lot of tropical air being drawn up.
“It’s a definite change after an unsettled early September.
“And the week from September 23 also looks like remaining fairly settled with high pressure, although the North-West may see some more unsettled weather at times.”
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The Met Office website said most of Britain is set for “plenty of sunshine and warmth” over the coming days.
It added that next week will bring: “Predominantly settled conditions across the UK, with any wet and windy weather confined to the far north.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “26C is possible later in the coming week as a thrust of subtropical air brings Indian Summer-style conditions, with plenty of warm sunshine and beach weather for parts.”
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Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Subtropical southerlies bring the prospect of fine, warm weather.
“The mid-20s may be seen, more typical of midsummer, before a downward trend in temperatures towards September 29.”