BRITS hit the beaches to make the most of the 25C heat in the last of the Indian summer which is set to be brought to an end with a 800-mile wide storm this week.
Crowds flocked to parks and beaches to catch some rays in what is predicted to be the last days of summer as the UK is due to be hit by a “polar plume”.
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Spain’s Subtropical Storm Alpha is currently pushing warm air towards Britain, bathing most of the country in fine, sunny weather which will last into the early part of this week before starting to get cooler from Tuesday.
The top temperature today was at Kew Gardens which saw the mercury hit 24.8C although Charlwood in Surrey wasn’t far behind with 24.4C.
Temperatures have been well above the 18C average for London at this time of year.
A Met Office spokesperson told The Sun: “It’s been a fine, very warm, sunny day with a summery feeling.”
Only the far north of Scotland and the North East coast around Yorkshire and Tyneside have seen some cloudy spells.
The fine, dry conditions are expected to carry on this evening although overnight the lack of cloud cover will mean things will turn chilly with temperatures dropping to single figures.
Southern parts will see some mist and fog developing as the night wears on which will hang around into Monday morning.
The mist and fog will slowly clear away during Monday morning and temperatures will start to soar again, hitting 25C once again in the South East.
For most parts it will be another very warm and sunny day with only the North and North West Scotland seeing cloudy and windy conditions.
More unsettled weather though will start to sweep in from Tuesday and continue to worsen over Wednesday.
A band of low pressure is expected to hit by Thursday bringing wet and windy conditions for most areas, with gust of up to 60mph.
Temperatures by Thursday are expected to be 10C cooler than today.
The Met Office said it was keeping a close eye on the situation but said at the moment it didn’t expect the miserable conditions to be especially disruptive.
Should the storm be strong enough to trigger at least an amber warning from the Met Office it will be named Storm Aiden.
For five years, the most serious storms have been named to help keep Brits safe and raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.
The first storm to hit the UK will be named Aiden, while the second storm will be Bella.