UK weather: Sun-starved Brits hit beach during rare September 30C heatwave

By Abigail O'Leary

Sun-starved Brits have been hitting the beach as September temperatures soared.

The UK is predicted a three-day heatwave, seeing some parts reaching up to 30C after weeks of dismal conditions.

Brits made the most of the glorious sunshine by heading to the coast for a beach day - while others took advantage of searing city temperatures by relaxing at lidos.

Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office meteorologist, said central London and eastern England were the likely areas that could experience a maximum of 30C on Tuesday.

He said central and eastern parts of England were "most likely" to record an official heatwave across Monday to Wednesday, but will only "just about make it".

People jump into the sea at Brighton beach in West Sussex (PA)

He said: "We often get a warmer spell particularly early on in September.

"August was particularly cool... and cloudy, so this spell is the warmest spell of weather since July for the UK."

More widely across England and Wales, conditions will be in the mid-to-high 20s, while Scotland and Northern Ireland could see temperatures around 24C to 25C.

People enjoy the hot weather at Hathersage Swimming Pool in the Hope Valley, Peak District (PA)

Mr Dewhurst added that low pressure moving in from the south west on Wednesday make it "less hot" in parts of Wales and Northern Ireland, but "hot air" will remain in central and eastern England and Scotland, bringing highs of 26C to 29C.

But temperatures are set to fall later in the week, with an increased risk of some heavy showers.

September has already beaten this August's highest temperature of 27.2C in the UK, which last happened in 2016.

A man soaks up the sun within sight of St Paul's Cathedral on the South Bank, London (PA)

The current warm weather follows the official end of summer, from a meteorological point of view, which is considered to be August 31.

Some drizzle in the far north and northwest, else dry and sunny for most areas after early mist, fog and patchy low cloud clears. Becoming hot inland over England and Wales. Risk of a shower in far south-west by evening.


People enjoy the warm weather at Brighton beach in West Sussex (PA)

Today:

Some drizzle in the far north and northwest, else dry and sunny for most areas after early mist, fog and patchy low cloud clears. Becoming hot inland over England and Wales. Risk of a shower in far south-west by evening.

Tonight:

A warm and humid night, with some mist and fog patches in the north, whilst thicker cloud brings some showers with risk of thunder to the south-west.

Wednesday:

Central, eastern and northern areas, dry with sunny periods, and becoming very warm or hot inland. Cloudier across western and some southern parts with showers, some heavy and thundery.

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