GREAT BRITAIN will bask in a 30 ° C heat wave today as a Spanish plume announces a scorching start to September.

But sun lovers should make the most of the good weather – as the mercury will drop soon and the UK is expected to be hit by thunderstorms and rain later in the week.

Temperatures are expected to reach up to 30C in parts of the UK today and the Met Office has said some areas are on the verge of an official heat wave.

On Monday, the maximum UK temperature was recorded at 28.9 ° C in Larkhill, Wiltshire, followed closely by 28.8 ° C recorded at Santon Downham, Suffolk, and 28.7 ° C at Middle Wallop in Hampshire.

In Wales the highest temperature was 27.1 ° C at Usk in Monmouthshire, while the mercury reached 24 ° C at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire in Scotland and 22.2 ° C at Ballywatticock in Northern Ireland.

Greg Dewhurst, a met Office meteorologist, said central and eastern England were the areas likely to experience a high of 30C today.

More broadly in England and Wales, conditions will be between 20 and 20 degrees Celsius, while Scotland and Northern Ireland could experience temperatures of around 24 ° C to 25 ° C.

Mr Dewhurst said low pressure from the southwest on Wednesday made it ‘cooler’ in parts of Wales and Northern Ireland, but ‘warm air’ would remain in the center and l he east of England and Scotland, with maximums of 26 ° C to 29 ° C.

Mr Dewhurst said parts of central and eastern England were ‘very likely’ to experience an official heat wave from Monday to Wednesday, but will ‘pretty much’ do so. .

A location reaches the heatwave threshold in the UK when it experiences a period of at least three consecutive days of daily maximum temperature levels reaching or exceeding thresholds that vary across the country.

These include 25C for Wales, Scotland and South West England, 27C for South and East England and 28C for London.

“We often have a warmer period particularly early in September,” said Mr Dewhurst, adding: “August was particularly cool … and cloudy, so this period is the hottest period since July for the UK. “

September already beat the UK’s highest August temperature of 27.2 ° C, which last occurred in 2016.

However, temperatures will drop later in the week, with an increased risk of a few heavy showers.

Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said that while good conditions will last until Wednesday, “rain and instability” will follow, bringing possible thunderstorms in the southwest of England.

In mid-September, conditions are expected to become even less calm with showers and the risk of longer rains.

This rain could become heavy, especially in the west and north-west – and more thunderstorms are likely across the UK.

However, it’s not that bad as temperatures are expected to stay above average for the time of year.

According to the Met Office’s long-term forecast, towards the end of the month, a tropical storm is expected to cross the Atlantic, which could significantly affect the weather in the UK.

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