The blistering 29C heatwave will soon be over and replaced by cooler temperatures more “normal” for this time of year, the Met Office says.
Brits have been soaking up the sun since Monday as mercury in parts of the UK rises to highs of 29C.
Some sun seekers have flocked to beaches along the south coast to cool off in the near-30C heat, while others have pitched up on the banks of the River Thames to catch a rare autumn tan.
Yesterday, records were smashed for hottest September day as highs of 30.7C were logged in Gogerddan in Dyfed, Wales.
Unconfirmed figures from today suggest the mercury hit 28.C in Charterhill, Scotland – the highest temperature since 1906.
While some sun-deprived Brits are joyous over one extra week of summer, others have taken to social media to detail their stuffy, sleepless nights spent hoping the end is near.
The Met Office told The Mirror those suffering will be glad to know the heat is “coming to an end” to be replaced with “regular” temperatures back in the 20s – “normal” for this time of year.
“It’s been pretty intense in parts,” Dan Stroud, Meteorologist at the Met Office, said.
“In Wales last night temperatures failed to get down below 20 degrees, technically making it a tropical night”.
“It is coming to an end. The breakdown is actually happening as we speak. Thunderstorms have moved over Devon this morning, and that formation is going to move north and east, so we’ll start to see batches of heavy rain and thunder, which will returns us to more seasonal weather.
“By Saturday or Sunday, we’re looking towards regular temperatures in the 20s, back to normal. That’s about what we’d expect to see for early and mid-September.”
When asked whether current temperatures were abnormal, the Met Office said: “Not out of the ordinary, strictly speaking. We had a 31.3C day in 2016, 31.4C in 2020. We have had these temperatures in the recent years.”
“But, it seems we’re seeing this type of weather more often. Since 1973 and 2020, September temperatures have peaked above 30 seven times, four of those times were after 2006.”
And, after the heat is gone, Brits should prepare for severe weather making its way across parts of the UK by tonight.
Some areas are set to be lashed by heavy rain, hail and thunderstorm.
While temperatures will continue to soar on Wednesday some areas will be lashed by heavy rain, hail and thunderstorms.
The forecaster said there was a risk of homes and businesses being flooded quickly as well as lightning strikes and hail to batter the area.
There is also a risk of power cuts as well as difficult driving conditions and road closures.
Two warnings have been issued, one for Wednesday from 11am until 9pm covering most of south west England and the south coast of Wales.
Another warning on Thursday covers Northern Ireland, Wales and most of northern and central England between 11am and 8pm.
The Met Office said many areas will avoid the worst of the showers, but “thundery downpours” could bring 30mm and 50mm of rainfall in less than three hours in some places.
Deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris said: “The hot and clear weather currently being experienced across large parts of the UK is forecast to break down through the middle of the week as showers and thunderstorms arrive.
“These will initially affect the southwest of the UK on Wednesday, before moving steadily north and developing across most areas through Thursday and Friday.”
The mercury, which has soared in recent days, will stay hot reaching highs close to 30C, with much of the country set to bake.
It comes after the UK recorded its highest temperature since the end of July with the country baking in early autumn sunshine.
The mercury reached 30.7C at Gogerddan, in Dyfed, Wales, on Tuesday, the Met Office said.
It is the highest temperature since the 31.2 C recorded at the same location on July 22 this year.
Elsewhere, temperatures reached 30.4C at Northolt in west London, 30.3C at Pershore in Worcestershire and 30.2C at Heathrow, west London, and at Santon Downham in Suffolk.
The Met Office said that the recordings meant it was only the seventh time temperatures have exceeded 30C in September in the last 50 years.
Meteorologist Marco Petagna said the hot weather was “not that unusual” for the first half of September, but it would be “more unusual” for it to occur later in the month.
He said if a temperature of more than 28.1C was recorded in Scotland on Wednesday, it would be Scotland’s hottest September day since 1906.