Britons are set to sizzle in a one day heatwave before temperatures plummet 10 degrees by the end of the weekend.
Parts of the UK will be hotter than Ibiza at 29C today making it the perfect weather for beaches, barbecues and summer activities.
Londoners and people living in the south east will be a scorching 27C.
One of the country’s most popular beach destinations, Bournemouth, is braced for 100,000 visitors tomorrow as Brits head out in search of lockdown respite.
More than 50,000 holidaymakers are expected at Great Yarmouth’s golden sand beaches.
The sunny weather will give the economy a boost with independent cafes, shops and supermarkets expected to be flooded for barbecue items and picnic goods.
Tesco has predicted sales of 500,000 sausages, two million ice cream tubs and lollies, and two million bottles and cans of beer.
Day-trippers are expected to cause significant delays along coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset and A30 to Cornwall.
The heatwave will be the first break in the grizzly July weather which has seen much of the country suffer intermittent rain and wind.
Met Office Meteorologist, Clare Nasir, said: “We’ll see clouds slowly break up after quite a dull start, some sunshine coming through.
“Northeast Scotland, southeast Scotland as well, northeast England, eastern parts of Wales, as well as central southern England, are favoured spots for seeing some sunshine.
“You may even see some brighter skies across Northern Ireland. This will help temperatures up into the 20s.”
Many parts of the country should have a dry evening with sunny spells breaking through those lingering clouds.
However, cloud across the south-west and central England and Wales could cause some light showers.
Sunday is forecast to be cooler with temperatures set to fall dramatically overnight.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weather trending said: “There’s warmth but it will be brief, with a cold front and fresh conditions following.”
On Sunday, heavy rain could start the day across southern and south-east England before it turns increasingly light and patchy.
UK five day weather forecast
Southern UK dry with plenty of warm sunshine again. North and west Wales and parts of northern England cooler and cloudier with rain at times, mainly in the west. Further north, sunny spells and scattered showers. Windy in NW.
Band of rain continuing southwards, with heavier rain developing for parts of Wales/Midlands and southern England later. A few showers continuing for north and west Scotland otherwise dry and cool.
Rain over southern parts continuing southeast. Lingering over far southeast where some heavier bursts possible later. Cooler further north with showers for Northern Ireland, Scotland and perhaps northern England.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Largely fine for England and Wales with plenty of sunshine. Sunny spells and showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland before cloudier conditions and outbreaks of rain arrive on Wednesday.