UK weather forecast TODAY – Cloudy start gives way to ANOTHER 28C September sizzler in 12 DAY ‘second summer’

A CLOUDY start will give way to another 28C sizzler today as forecasters say we're set to see a 12-day "second summer".

Many Brits woke up to some cloud cover this morning, but it is set to lift throughout the day and give way to clear skies, particularly in England and Wales.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will see more cloud cover and potentially the odd spot of rain.

This week saw the hottest September day in four years after rain washed out the end of the school holidays.

Yesterday nudged the hottest September 15 for almost 200 years, with 30.6C the record since date temperature records used for Met Office records began in 1841.

Today could see highs pushing 28C in parts.

A 1,500 mile-wide 'Saharan spurt' of hot air is making temperatures up to 11C hotter than the 20C average.

Southern parts of Britain are hotter than 29C Antigua, in the Caribbean. Even the North saw 25C.

The Met Office forecasts 24-25C daily for the rest of the week and into next week.

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  • TEMPERATURES COOLER IN NORTH AND EAST

    Temperatures are set to be cooler today in the north and east of England.

    The forecast comes despite predicted highs of 28C elsewhere in the UK.

    Temperatures are set to dip as a band of cloud and patchy light rain moves southwards, the Met Office said.

  • NORTHERN IRELAND TO SEE CLOUD AND RAIN

    Northern Ireland is set to see cloud cover and some rain throughout today.

    It comes as the rest of the UK enjoys clear skies and highs of 28C.

    The Met Office forecasts said Northern Ireland would be “mainly dry and bright” but that thicker cloud could bring “the odd spot of rain”.

    The rain is set to arrive first on the north coast.

    Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 21C.

  • HOT HOT HOT

    Today, the mercury will be highest in southern parts of the UK, but most of the country will see a spell of warmer weather, the Met Office said.

    The current warm spell will be the longest in September since 2016.

    There could be highs of 27 or 28 again on Wednesday, but as we head towards the end of the week, temperatures will drop to the low 20s.

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “There’s been wall-to-wall sunshine.”

    The September heat follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures top out at 34C for six days running last month.

    Yesterday was the hottest September day since 2016, when temperatures peaked at 29.6C.

  • SIZZLE SIZZLE

    The hot weather comes as rules on socialising are tightened across England in a bid to halt the growing numbers of coronavirus cases.

    Since Monday, it has been illegal to meet in groups of more than six people with the threat of fines for anyone found flouting the law.

    The new rules apply both inside and outside, meaning that large groups in parks will be banned from meeting together in the heat.

    Despite that, some of the people spotted at beaches today appeared to be in groups larger than six.

    It comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel warned chatting to someone on the street would break the rules.

    She said any “mingling” with a group of more than six would risk those people being slapped with a £100 fine.

    But some seemed happy to risk it for the chance to make the most of the day with loved ones.

    The September heat follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures top out at 34C for six days running.

  • 'SECOND SUMMER'

    Sunseekersare set to bake in another 29C scorcher today – after Britain was hotter than Antigua yesterday.

    Forecasters say a “second summer” is set to bring 12 days of glorious sunshine.

    Yesterday the mercury hit 30C – hotter than Antigua which peaked at 29C.

    Although cooler weather is expected in the North, the South could again reach highs of 29C for Wednesday.

    The warmer weather is down to a combination of tropical air pushing up from the south and light winds, the Met Office said.

    Forecaster Bonnie Diamond added: “It definitely feels like one last blast of summer even though we are, meteorologically speaking, in autumn.”

  • LOOKING AHEAD – WEEKEND FORECAST

    Although the mini-heatwave is set to have a knock-on effect throughout the week, things will have cooled down by the weekend.

    According to the Met Office, here’s what we can expect: “[Saturday will be] Cooler than earlier in the week, but still warm in the south.

    “Remaining mainly dry with sunny spells and light winds for most parts on Sunday and into the start of next week.

    “Any isolated mist and fog patches in the north each morning quickly clearing. However, the far south and southwest will remain breezy with possible thundery showers.

    “Temperatures around average for many though probably warm in the south.”

  • FORECAST: 1AM TEMPS

  • SAHARAN SPURT

    Brits have baked in some of the hottest September temperatures ever seen this week during a 'Saharan spurt'.

    Higher temperatures are expected to carry on throughout the week, reaching 28C in some areas tomorrow.

    It’s predicted the warmer weather could last into next week, too.

  • CLOUD AND RAIN TOMORROW FOR SCOTLAND

    Wednesday will see some cloud and rain for Scotland.

    It will be mostly dry and sunny everywhere else.

    The Met Office says of tomorrow’s weather: “Cloud with a little light rain or drizzle moving southwards across Scotland, northern and eastern England, where it will feel much cooler. Very warm sunshine for southern and western parts.”

  • CROWDED BEACHES TODAY

  • OVERNIGHT FORECAST

    According to the Met Office, tonight’s forecast is set to be mostly dry.

    According to their website, tonight will see: “Isolated showers possible almost anywhere but most parts dry with clear spells. Some low cloud and fog forming, especially near coasts and in the southwest of England and Wales. Light rain and drizzle moving southwards across Scotland, where turning cooler.

  • MINI SEPTEMBER HEATWAVE BRANDED ‘SECOND SUMMER’

    Some forecasters are branding the mini September heatwave a “second summer”.

    The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Warm and sunny weather ahead will feel like a second summer after wet and windy conditions dogged the second half of school holidays.”

  • TUES 7PM LIVE WEATHER UPDATE

    The evening is set to stay dry and warm for the majority with plenty of late sunshine, the Met Office reports.

    A few showers are expected across parts of England and Wales.

    The front across Scotland will continue to provide some patchy light.

  • UK TEMPERATURES: 7PM

  • POSSIBLE HIGHS OF 28C TOMORROW

    There could be highs of 27 or 28C again on Wednesday, but as we head towards the end of the week the heat will begin to move away and temperatures will drop to the low 20s in the warmest parts, according to one Met Office forecaster.

    Forecaster John Griffiths added:”It's not that unusual for this time of year, we quite often get warm spells of weather in September,” but these temperatures will still be some way off the highest September temperature ever recorded, which was 35.6C on September 2, 1906.

  • ‘WALL TO WALL SUNSHINE’

    A Met Office forecaster described the recent spell of warmth as “wall to wall sunshine”.

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “There’s been wall-to-wall sunshine.”

    And according to Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders, high pressure combined with warm, southerly winds would bring a “spell of summery weather”.

  • HOT WEATHER TRAGEDY

    A 19 year old who was pulled from a river during the hot weather has died.

    Devon and Cornwall police confirmed that the youth had gone missing while swimming in the river at King's Nympton, North Devon, on Monday afternoon.

    His body was located just after 10pm on Monday night after a large rescue operation involving police, a helicopter, fire and ambulance staff.

    The teen, from Barnstaple, Devon, has not yet been named but police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

  • TEMPERATURE TOPS 31C IN KENT

  • SUN HERE TO STAY

    The Met Office has forecast a warmer-than-normal three months through autumn.

    September to November is up to 10 times more likely to be much-warmer-than-usual than much-cooler-than-normal.

    The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Warm and sunny weather ahead will feel like a second summer after wet and windy conditions dogged the second half of school holidays.”

  • BEACH BOOM

    Crowds have flocked to beaches for one last taste of summer as the mercury soars towards 31C today – making the UK hotter than Hawaii.

    Sun-worshippers are making the most of the glorious September weather at resorts around the UK, with many heading for popular stretches of coastline.

    Brits have baked in some of the hottest September temperatures ever seen this week during a 'Saharan spurt'.

    And as it heats up to a 30C scorcher again today, many families are making the most of the day with a cooling dip in the sea.

    Sandy beaches along the Dorset coast are packed with people basking on beach towels.

    Thousands of people have visited the seafront at Bournemouth to bask, while further down the coast, in Swanage, surfers have taken to the water.

  • 'WRONG HEAT' DELAYS TRAINS

    Britain's soaring temperatures are too hot for some train services as rails risk warping.

    Network Rail tweeted: “Due to hot weather, a speed restriction is in place at Northampton. Trains may be delayed.”

    It added “direct sunshine” causes more problems than hot but cloudy conditions.

    Network Rail said: “Rails in direct sunshine can be 20C hotter than air temperature.

    “Speed restrictions are imposed as slower trains exert lower forces on the track, reducing the chance of buckling.”

  • BRIGHTON ROCKS

    Brighton's beach was rammed with sunbathers today as locals took advantage of the unseasonal Autumn heat.

    Temperatures in the coastal town had hit 26C by 2pm and the sunny weather is tipped to hang around all week.

  • HOTTER THAN ANTIGUA

    Britain is now hotter than Antigua and a 'second summer' starts now with 12 days of sunshine and temperatures of 25C running into next week.

    The weather – tipped to hit 31C today –is the best for a month after rain washed out the end of the school holidays.

    Today nudged the hottest September 15 for almost 200 years, with 30.6C the record since date temperature records used for Met Office records began in 1841.

    A 1,500 mile-wide 'Saharan spurt' of hot air is making temperatures up to 11C hotter than the 20C average.

    Southern parts of Britain are hotter than 29C Antigua, in the Caribbean. Even the North saw 25C.

    The Met Office forecast 28C for tomorrow then 24-25C daily for the rest of the week and into next week.

  • POLICE KEEP AN EYE ON SUN SEEKERS IN LONDON

  • LOOKING AHEAD

    The Met Office says that from Friday to Sunday, September 27“mainly dry, settled weather seems likely to continue through the middle and perhaps the latter part of next week, bringing sunny spells.

    “The best of these conditions will likely be found in the northwest.

    “However, there is a chance of the odd thundery shower, more especially in southern and southwestern areas.

    “Above average temperatures are likely for many locations and it could be very warm in the south, whilst the northeast may feel rather cold.”

    The service warns of “strong easterly winds, particularly in southern and central areas.

    “There is potential to see more unsettled conditions becoming more widespread across the UK at times, bringing spells of wet and windy conditions with temperatures falling closer to average,” it adds.

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