A WASHOUT is set to batter parts of the country today with showers expected for many as the heatwave cools.
But a 35C scorcher is just days away, prompting the Met Office to issue an amber warning for extreme temperatures for much of England.
The alert will be in place from Sunday until Tuesday with the hottest temperatures expected at the start of the week.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 30Cs – but in the days ahead, many around the UK will have to contend with a cooler climate.
BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich said: “For quite a few of us it is just a little cooler and fresher than it was 24 hours ago and we do have some slightly lower temperatures in prospect over the next couple of days…"
There will be some spells of sunshine towards the south where it is expected to stay dry.
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Areas in North Wales, north Midlands maybe East Anglia could catch the occasional shower.
Rain is expected for northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Mr Rich said: "The odd one of those could be on the heavy side.
"Temperatures, well, 17C for Aberdeen and Glasgow, 19C in Belfast, still some heat in the South East corner 27C, 28C but probably not exceeding 30C."
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But, he says, the heat that the UK has been feeling over the past fortnight is far from over.
In its long range forecast, it said: “Temperatures will rise through the weekend, with most areas becoming very warm or hot, with the potential for an exceptionally hot spell in parts of central, south, or east England.”
Mr Rich explained that exceptionally high temperatures felt in Spain is drifting toward parts of England thanks to an area of low pressure to the west of Iberia.
The winds around the low will act as a pump as it heads northwards in our direction.
Temperatures are likely to peak around Monday or Tuesday, he said.
Mr Rich said: "Hence this amber extreme heat warning from the Met Office covering large parts of England and Wales, the risk to health, the risk of disruption to transport and infrastructure.
"But in the shorter term, yes we do have some slightly cooler conditions out there."
An amber warning is issued over concerns "widespread impacts on people and infrastructure".
Disruption will include “population-wide adverse health effects” as well as road delays and public transport cancellations.
An emergency COBRA meeting will be held on the heatwave by the government.
Meanwhile, Wednesday next week will see a change with temperatures returning to normal – although in the south it should still feel warm.
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Britain has basked in sweltering temps this week, leading the Health Security Agency's 'Heat Health Alert' to reach Level 3 – which means that temperatures are likely to have a high impact on public life.
Chillier conditions will have spread to Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England along with some showers in the northwest.
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