Tropical blast to bake UK as three-day heatwave sets temperatures soaring

BRITS are set to bathe in sunshine this weekend as a tropical blast arrives, bringing temperatures soaring to highs of 28C on Saturday.

The blast will see Britain sizzle in a three-day mini-heatwave before storms return after the weekend.

A plume of sweltering air from the Atlantic Azores Islands will push temperatures across the UK back into the high 20Cs from tomorrow.

But forecasters have warned to make the most of the blue skies and sunshine with torrential downpours and thunder returns mid-week.

Wind, rain and stormy outbreaks threaten to blight the rest of July, according to some long-range forecasts.

Thermometers will rocket through the next few days with highs of 27C forecast across southern Britain this weekend.

Scotland and the north will be fresher although the mercury is still forecast to rise well above average for the time of year.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “We have high pressure building this weekend and although there will be the risk of the odd shower in central and northern parts of the country there will be plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures as air comes up from the Azores.

We expect the good weather to hold out this weekend and through Monday before there are signs of a shift around mid-week to something a bit more unsettled.

“High pressure starts to break down and there will be the risk of showers and some of these could be thundery in places.

“As we go through the rest of the month there are indications that low pressure will be in control of the weather.”

The east coast will dodge the stifling conditions this weekend as cool winds bring temperatures down several degrees.