SUMMER is heading back to the UK from Sunday as the mercury is forecast to equal Benidorm's 26C.
The scorcher heralds the start of an eight-day heatwave after rain and stormy weather ahead of the weekend.
Netweather has forecast highs of 26C in the south east from Monday. But it's predicted that the south-east will see temperatures from 24C on Sunday.
Before the mini-heatwave, though, the Met Office said that today, June 11, will be a breezy day with showers for parts of England and Wales, heavy at times.
Some more persistent rain will arrive in the east later in the day.
Northern Ireland and Scotland are mostly dry through Thursday.
Meteo Group said the rain will start to clear tonight with "showers and spells of rain moving across many areas of the UK".
But, the rainfall will be "heaviest and most persistent in north-east England".
Northern Scotland and south-east England should remain largely dry on Thursday night, with some clear spells, alongside moderate to brisk north-easterly winds.
Friday and Saturday will be a rather unsettled and breezy with showers and spells of rain for most, and heavy and possibly thundery for southern areas.
However, northern Scotland should remain dry with sunny spells.
Saturday will be a warmer day for most with sunny spells and lighter winds.
But, showers and thunderstorms may break out, especially across western areas.
Netweather has forecast that it will “remain warm and humid through the weekend, as we import very warm and moist air from the near continent.
“This and sunny spells will be the fuel for further heavy and thundery [spells] to develop on Saturday, especially across Wales and southern England, many places staying dry and sunny though.
“Further showers possible again on Sunday, mostly in the west, where they could be heavy locally, but many places staying dry and sunny.
“Temperatures both days will reach 17-20C across Scotland, Northern Ireland and NE England, [while] further south will reach 19-24C".
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