Temperatures soar to 77F today before a scorching 87F week-long heatwave arrives tomorrow


The UK is set to bask in temperatures peaking at 87F as a plume of heat makes its way to the country once more from the start of next week.

Following a dreary start to the month, the country will see a north-south divide as western Scotland continues to be drenched by torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow rainfall warning for western Scotland where as much as 50mm of rain could fall in hilly areas.  

However in stark contrast, bright and sunny spells are expected to make their return to the rest of the UK by Monday, with temperatures reaching 77F today before continuing to rise next week.

The September warmth follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures hit 93F (34C) for six days running last month. 

The mini-heatwave also comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson brings in the so-called ‘rule of six’ from Monday in England meaning groups of more than half a dozen cannot meet socially, while lockdown will be imposed in the West Midlands from Tuesday.  

Today hundreds of visitors descended upon Bournemouth beach to enjoy the warm and sunny weather.

A group of people enjoy the sun and sea air as the descend upon Bournemouth beach for a game of volleyball 

Hundreds of Britons flock to Bournemouth beach today to enjoy the sunny weather as the UK sees temperatures continue to rise

Hundreds of Britons flock to Bournemouth beach today to enjoy the sunny weather as the UK sees temperatures continue to rise

In Hyde Park, London, people paddle on boats at temperatures continue to rise across most parts of the country today

In Hyde Park, London, people paddle on boats at temperatures continue to rise across most parts of the country today

A group of people enjoy the September sunshine on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as mercury levels rise across the UK

A group of people enjoy the September sunshine on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as mercury levels rise across the UK

Revellers arrive to Bournemouth beach with their beach gear as temperatures in the UK rise to 77F following a wet start to the month

Revellers arrive to Bournemouth beach with their beach gear as temperatures in the UK rise to 77F following a wet start to the month

People walk along Bournemouth beach just a day before the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'rule of six' rule is brought in

People walk along Bournemouth beach just a day before the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘rule of six’ rule is brought in

The top temperatures expected on Tuesday could hit 31C (87F) and remain into Wednesday, but there is the possibility of some thunderstorms mixed in.  

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told MailOnline: ‘There’s a stark difference between western Scotland and the rest of the UK.

‘Across western Scotland there’s going to be rain that’s set to continue for the rest of the day. It will turn lighter and patchier as we go through the overnight period. 

‘We’ve already see more than 50mm of rain in some parts of western Scotland overnight and a further 50mm is possible through the day today so there is a yellow rainfall warning for parts of north west Scotland. Also quite breezy so quite a windy day as well. 

‘However in complete contrast for the rest of the UK it’s going to be a dry day. Mostly dry and the further south and east of the UK are more in the way of sunshine. We could see temperatures in the south east reaching 25C so a very different feel from one area to the other. 

‘Overnight the rain in the north will become a little lighter and patchier so less of an issue but still just lingering around in the far north west of Scotland.

‘Elsewhere a dry night, light winds and we will see a little bit of patchy mist and fog around first thing in the morning across Wales and southern England.

‘On Monday things get even warmer. We still have a risk of rain unfortunately for north west Scotland and they will continue to see rain throughout the day however it will be a warm day across all parts of the country and we might even see temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

‘And then in the south east corner again, somewhere probably around the mid to the north of London, we will see temperatures peaking at 30C so a very warm and dry day, lots of sunshine and a light wind.

There will be a north-south divide as western Scotland continues sees torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather

There will be a north-south divide as western Scotland continues sees torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather

People decide to go punting along the River Cam as mercury levels begin to rise across most of the UK once again

People decide to go punting along the River Cam as mercury levels begin to rise across most of the UK once again 

People enjoy the sun and sea air at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini-heatwave next week

People enjoy the sun and sea air at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini-heatwave next week

A large group of people arrive to Bournemouth beach on Sunday as mercury levels begin to rise across the country

A large group of people arrive to Bournemouth beach on Sunday as mercury levels begin to rise across the country

Cyclists absorb the sun rays and breath in the sea air as they ride their bikes in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth today

Cyclists absorb the sun rays and breath in the sea air as they ride their bikes in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth today

People take a stroll across the beach

A cyclist enjoys the sunny weather in Bournemouth

As temperatures continued to rise, people took a stroll along the beach in Bournemouth today (left) to enjoy the sunny weather. Elsewhere a cyclist was spotted riding along the promenade (right)

A group of people make their way onto the beach on the south coast as mercury levels push to 77F today across most parts of England

A group of people make their way onto the beach on the south coast as mercury levels push to 77F today across most parts of England

A group of people sit down on the sand at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini heatwave from next week

A group of people sit down on the sand at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini heatwave from next week

Sunbathers enjoy the heat and warm air on Bournemouth beach as September braces itself for another mini-heatwave

Sunbathers enjoy the heat and warm air on Bournemouth beach as September braces itself for another mini-heatwave

A group of people set up their chairs on Bournemouth beach along the south coast today as temperatures continue to rise

A group of people set up their chairs on Bournemouth beach along the south coast today as temperatures continue to rise

Sunbathers set up their tent on the beach as the UK welcomes another burst of heat and sunshine following a wet start to the month

Sunbathers set up their tent on the beach as the UK welcomes another burst of heat and sunshine following a wet start to the month

Sunbathers walk near Bournemouth beach today as most parts of England remain dry and sees spells of sunshine

Sunbathers walk near Bournemouth beach today as most parts of England remain dry and sees spells of sunshine

‘Another mild generally dry night follows Monday night into Tuesday, still that little bit of rain through the north west and then there’ll be a slight change on Tuesday.

‘It will probably be overall a warmer day for the whole of the UK however it’s going to be in a very select places because we will see more in the way of cloud pushing in across many western parts of the country on Tuesday.’

From Monday gatherings of more than six will be banned in the UK as the government tries to halt the spread of a second wave of coronavirus.  

Announcing the new restrictions, Mr Johnson said: ‘We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.

‘It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.’

Meanwhile Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: ‘Abiding by these rules is absolutely vital to protect life. We’ve seen the increase in the number of cases sadly in the last few days. We’ve seen that across Europe there’s a second wave that many countries have experienced.

A group of people enjoy the sunny weather at Bournemouth beach as most of the country is hit by sunny spells and dry weather

A group of people enjoy the sunny weather at Bournemouth beach as most of the country is hit by sunny spells and dry weather

Revellers descend onto the beach in Bournemouth today as the country prepares for another mini-heatwave from Monday

Revellers descend onto the beach in Bournemouth today as the country prepares for another mini-heatwave from Monday

People begin to make their way onto the beach today as bright and sunny spells make their return to most parts of the UK

People begin to make their way onto the beach today as bright and sunny spells make their return to most parts of the UK

‘Some of those countries have then got that second wave under control. If you look at what’s happened in Belgium they saw an increase and then they’ve brought it down, whereas in France and Spain that just hasn’t happened.

‘On the question of the Northern Ireland Protocol the Government has a number of international obligations and the primary amongst those in this context is about protecting the peace process.

‘In the case of coronavirus everybody understands how important it is that we together keep this under control, we can’t do it individually because of the nature of the disease.

‘So, yes, it is incredibly important that everybody follows these new rules and we’ll be bringing in strict enforcement.’

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