Dust off your sandals, unroll your picnic mat, because we're about to have a last-ditch flash of summer with a mini spike in temperature across the country. According to the Met Office, we're being treated to a "subtropical swell" on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, before autumn properly gets underway.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told The Sun: "A mainly settled spell is expected from Wednesday in the South, with fine and dry weather. There will be notable changes to temperatures after mid-teens highs, with Azores high pressure meaning the mercury could touch the mid-20s."
The experts predict there's a chance temperatures could reach as high as 26°C, although 24°C is more likely in some parts of the country. The brief warm and sunny spell is likely to be the last of this year's summer before temperatures settle into the teens, making way for crunchy leaves and pumpkin spiced lattes. Wow, this year has gone fast.
But before the arrival of the heat, we'll have to endure some rain. Today there will be heavy downpours in the northwest, which will gradually edge south. By Tuesday, the rain will have cleared in parts of the country to make way for the warm spells, although showers are set to linger a bit longer in the north.
While it's not likely to be desperate-for-a-fan weather, we are pleased to hear that our sunglasses and summer dresses will get one last outing for 2020, before we trade them in for jeans and a scarf.
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