Britain to bask in weekend sunshine

Blackpool Citizen: Forecasters predict temperatures of up to 27C for some parts of England and Wales this weekend Forecasters predict temperatures of up to 27C for some parts of England and Wales this weekend

Sun worshippers will be treated to warm temperatures across much of Britain this weekend as the wettest summer in a century draws to a close.

Forecasters have predicted dry and sunny conditions for England and Wales on Saturday, with temperatures reaching up to 27C (80.6F) in some places.

The mercury is expected to continue to rise into Sunday as the south east of England basks in heats as high as 28C (82.4F). But the fine weather is not predicted to last, with thunderstorms forecast for parts of the country next week.

Billy Payne, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There will be some mist and fog around at first today in central-southern England and the south west, but it will clear and most parts will be warm and dry with long sunny spells.

"Temperatures will reach around 27C (80.6F) in the London area and the south east of England and widely across England and Wales it will be in the mid to low 20s."

He added: "In northern areas the cloud will be slower to break but there should be some sunshine in the afternoon. North western Scotland will be overcast and drizzly and it will feel quite cold with temperatures ranging from 15 to 18C (59 to 64.4F)."

Mr Payne said that central and southern areas of England will have another "very warm day" on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 27C or 28C (82.F).

But he predicted that cloudy weather will slowly move from the north of Scotland across the north west of England, Wales and south west England leaving the whole of the country "a bit more blustery".

More autumnal weather is predicted next week with most areas of Britain seeing periods of rain. The wettest periods will be on Thursday or Friday when there may be some fairly stormy weather, according to forecasters.

Data released by MeteoGroup showed that 14.25in (362mm) of rain fell in June, July and August, making it the wettest summer since 1912.

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