Met Office forecast says blistering 30C mini-heatwave will meet thundery end

Temperatures look set to touch 30C today as the UK's heatwave continues into the week and the likelihood of a record-breaking month increases.

London should be topping the temperature table once more at 30C this afternoon, closely followed by 29C in the West Midlands and 28C in Yorkshire and the West Country.

Scotland will still see healthy afternoon temperatures of around 24C in Glasgow but light drizzle and fog could greet any early risers up north.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "There will be a hint or two of autumn for some on Tuesday morning, but for most plenty of strong summer sunshine by the afternoon."

"It's going to feel very warm with lots of blue sky around," Alex added.

Today will be the best day to capitalise on the summer rays at beaches or beer gardens.

But it appears the mini-heatwave will live up to its name, with some parts of the country seeing showers as early as tomorrow.

Heading into Wednesday, cloud build-up in the southwest could bring hit-and-miss showers to seaside areas there, with parts of South Wales also at risk.

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"Again the odd spot of drizzle but for most, it stays dry throughout the night. Another pretty warm night leading into a by and large pretty warm day for many on Wednesday," said Alex.

It should still be a hot day for most, with temperatures in the high 20s for most of England, but the northbound barrage of clouds will be creating more shade across the Midlands, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

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The capital comes out on top at a roasting 28C.

But, for the south west and Wales, it could dip down to 21C amid the scattered showers, and Northern Ireland down to 23C.

Glasgow, however, is set to fend off the fog and rise to 27C on Wednesday.

An area of low pressure at fault for the gradual cloud build-up should manoeuvre its way across swathes of the UK on Thursday.

As per usual after a heatwave, thundery showers are likely towards the end of the week, although by Saturday these may well have dried up, allowing for outside fun once more.

Bookmaker Coral have now slashed the odds for this September being the hottest on record in the UK, from 1-2 to 4-5.

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