TEMPERATURES will ramp up to highs of a scorching 27C in parts this week – kicking off a three-MONTH heatwave.
Forecasters say warmer conditions throughout the UK are expected to last until as late as October.
It has led to warnings to parents to make sure their kids are coated in suncream during their summer holiday fun in the sun.
Forecasters say a “continental heat dome” will dominate the UK weather picture in the coming weeks.
London and the South East are set to bask in the best of the heat.
And the sweltering conditions are set to linger through September and all the way into October.
For today's weather, temperatures will range from the low- to-mid-20s across the country – with sunny spells for most.
The Met Office forecast said: "Overcast skies in parts of southeast England this morning, but breaking up to give good sunny spells during the afternoon.
"Elsewhere, mostly dry with sunny spells throughout, but just a small risk of a light shower in some western areas."
Temperatures are set to peak at 27C on Wednesday – with even the North East getting some sunny weather.
Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts told Sun Online: "We're expecting dry and bright weather this week and Wednesday will see the highest temperature of 27C.
"As for the next three months, we can definitely expect warm weather and bright skies for the most part."
Early autumn is shaping up to be a warm one, as forecasters predict it to be even hotter than last year’s “Indian Summer” when temperatures hit 26C, making it the hottest October for seven years.
We're expecting dry and bright weather this week and Wednesday will see the highest temperature of 27C
Elisa Booker, from Visit Britain, told the Daily Star: “Parents will be breathing a sigh of relief at the lovely weather ahead as kids start their summer holidays.
“Long dry periods with sunshine mean easy and fun days out.
“I’m sure we will be seeing lots of busy parks, National Trust areas, green spaces and beaches as the sun shines bright.”
Europe had record temperatures of 46C two weeks ago – with the mercury reaching a roasting 34C in Britain on June 29 – marking the hottest day of the year in the UK so far.
Claire Kennedy-Edwards, senior meteorologist for The Weather Company, told The Sun Online: "It is a much more settled outlook across the UK with plenty of sunshine and dry conditions.
"Next week the north-west, south-east split returns bringing plenty of dry warm weather over the south and south-east of the UK.
“There will be some showers to the north-west and temperatures will be around average to slightly above.”
Legend has it that the conditions on St Swithin’s Day today will set the tone for the weeks leading up to September.
The myth comes from the rhyme that says: "St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain / Full forty days, it will remain.
"St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair / For forty days, t’will rain no more".
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