Britain is set for a soaking today ahead of a seven-day heatwave starting tomorrow.
Temperatures are expected to rise from a maximum of 22C today to 24C tomorrow, reaching a peak of 25C on Sunday, according to Weather Online.
Downpours are forecast for all of England and parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next 24 hours, although these will make way for sunshine towards the end of the week.
South-west England is likely to experience fog early today and mist tomorrow morning, according to the Met Office.
Wind gusts of up to 40 miles-per-hour are also expected in parts of the UK this afternoon.
Heavy showers will stop tomorrow night, with a sunny weekend in store for the majority of the UK.
Today’s and windy weather is the result of the remnants of Hurricane Dorian and Storm Gabrielle hitting Britain.
However, the two tempests are also sucking hot air north, which will see the country heat up over the next few days.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It turns warmer and humid as the remnants of Dorian and Gabrielle feed tropical air to the UK.
“It turns warmer still at the weekend and early next week with high pressure, with 25C possible in the south.”
The warm weather will last until at least the middle of next week.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Sunny weather is forecast to see highs up to 26C.
“High pressure is expected to bring a southerly feed.”
A spokesman for netweather.tv added: “What was Gabrielle will bring a spell of rain and stronger winds to the UK but also warmer air with temperatures into the mid 20s.”
Most places across the country are due dry skies and long spells of sunshine from Friday.
Temperatures are expected to peak on Sunday and Monday.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Temperatures well into the 20s are quite feasible after September 16.
“It could well become quite warm. There are indications high pressure will build. And from September 23 to October 6 favours some lengthy and pleasant spells of sunshine.”
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Cloud and rain rain will gradually clear southwards from England and Wales, leaving warm sunny spells for all but the far south in the afternoon. Strong winds and blustery showers will continue in the north.
Evening showers in the north will ease, leaving a dry night with clear spells for most. Further rain will move into northwest Scotland before dawn. The north will stay windy.
Rain and strong winds in Northern Ireland and Scotland will move to northern and western England as well as Wales but the southeast will be dry, bright and warm.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Dry and bright weather will dominate over the coming days, with chilly nights and increasingly warm days. However, further strong winds and occasional rain are likely in the far north.