UK weather forecast – Britain hotter than Ibiza as 24C sun heats up nation – but thunderstorms on the way

BRITS are basking in temperatures of 24C today – as the UK gets hotter than Ibiza.

But the glorious blue skies and warm weather won't stay for long, as thunderstorms are expected to roll in over the weekend.

Weather forecasters predict high temperatures will continue throughout the week up until Friday – when thermometers will take a dip once again.

After sunshine bathing much of the nation throughout the day today, this evening will be clear and cold, with some mist possible.

Tomorrow should be dry and sunny, with warm temperatures again but with some more cloud cover.

Friday is when the weather starts to turn – with a mix of sunshine and showers throughout the weekend, with some turning thundery and heavy at times.

From Monday forecasters say there is a risk of longer spells of heavy rain and thunderstorms across the south, as the "changeable" weather lasts all of next week.

Met Office maps for the week ahead show temperatures reaching the low- to mid-20s – with the area between Glasgow and Edinburgh seeing highs of 23C.

The east of England will be a little cooler with highs of only 14C-16C – but skies should be clear and bright.

The Met Office has also said UV levels are high across the UK this week.

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They recommend sunseekers stay in the shade during midday hours as well as covering up and slapping on sunscreen.

Meteorologist Craig Snell told The Sun Online: "We're going to be expecting very dry weather with plenty of sun within the next three days.

"The temperature will peak on Wednesday, reaching 24C in parts of Scotland and northern England.

"We're going to see some rain creep in the the second half of the week, as temperatures will begin to settle down on Friday."

The Met Office’s Sophie Yeomans urged people to “make the most” of the sunshine – as temperatures will dip back down later this week.

She said: “We are expecting another couple of days of sunny weather and light winds, which will push temperatures up through the week."

Met Office meteorologist, Alex Burkill, told The Sun Online: "We're going to be expecting a largely fine week ahead of us.

"Temperatures are going to be increasing and we're going to see a high of 24C in some parts of the country.

"The heat will be coming from the south east, meaning that some parts of the country might be experiencing slightly frostier temperatures."

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