It comes after days of blistering temperatures and sunny skies (Image: Daily Star)
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Brits could be set to bask in a mini-heatwave with soaring temperatures predicted for this weekend.
The mercury is forecast to hit highs in the upper 20s across most of the UK and by the end of the week this could push into blistering 30C territory.
A spell of high pressure means most areas will meet the Met Office's definition of a heatwave – defined as three days above a particular temperature threshold.
And the bright skies are set to stay for the rest of the month, with only north-western parts due some wind and rain towards the end of next week.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: "There's a definition of what a heatwave is – it is at least three consecutive days of maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding a temperature threshold.
Temperatures could reach as high as 30 C in some places
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"It is above 28C (82.4F) for London and large chunk of the south east, it is 27C (80.6F) for the Midlands and going towards the south west its 26C (78.8F).
"In Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Devon and Cornwall and the north east its 25C (77F) – so it is a sliding scale depending on where you are, but we haven't yet met that maximum threshold."
The weekend is set to be a scorcher with the mercury possibly tipping above 30C (86F) in parts of the South East by the beginning of next week.
Mr Claydon said: "By the beginning of the weekend and going into next week we might start to meet that criteria, by Sunday we might see 28C (82.4F) or 29C (84.2F).
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"It looks set to continue into next week, that is outside of our detailed forecast but the indication is that settled warm weather is set to continue."
He added: "As well as the 28C/29C (82.4F/84.2F) expected in London and the south east, elsewhere in places like Nottingham will potentially be meeting the heat wave criteria with 27C (80.6F) forecast.
"Various other places set to meet the heatwave threshold as well."
Despite bookies offering odds on this being the hottest June ever, it is too early in the month to say whether we will see record-breaking average temperatures.
It will be a warm and clear day for most
The average maximum daytime temperature for June is 17.3C (63.1F), but the first eight days of June 2021 have sat a couple of degrees higher than that at 19.7C (67.5F).
The record average maximum June temperature was set in 1940 at 20.5C (68.9F).
"Currently we are not even in the top five hottest Junes on record," Mr Claydon said.
UK Weather Forecast Wednesday:
Cloudy in the far west with some mostly light rain or drizzle. Fine, dry and warm for eastern parts. A few showers possible in east England later in the day.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Plenty of fine, dry, and warm to very warm weather. Main exception the far northwest on Thursday, here windy with outbreaks of rain. Some warm nights in prospect too.