A continental heat blast is to hit Britain this weekend with the mercury reaching highs of 24C in southern parts of England including London.
Forecaster Nick Finnis said the temperatures will be pushed by a plume coming from Europe.
Finnis said, “Into the weekend, a noticeable easterly breeze strengthening across the south, as an area of low pressure pushes up over the Bay of Biscay and western France against high pressure in situ over Britain, causing isobars to tighten.
“The low over France could introduce a few showers across southern most counties of England, particularly later on Saturday and overnight into Sunday morning.
“The far north of Scotland will be often cloudy, with a chance of a few showers here too.
“But for the rest of the UK, high pressure will be firmly in control bringing dry and fine weather with plenty of sunshine.
“Temperatures reaching the mid to high teens in the north, high teens to low twenties on the south.”
On Friday southern and central region will be “warms with temperatures peaking close to 24C.”
He added, “Saturday will be dry with be mainly dry with sunny periods.
“There is a risk of showery rain pushing into areas to the south of London in the afternoon. Warm in the south.
“Little changes on Sunday. In the south showers are possible and in the far north thicker cloud could bring some light rain.
“Elsewhere it stays dry with sunny periods. Warm again in southern and central counties.”