Summer is about to play catch up on the grim season with some experts promising warm weather through much of September.
Temperatures hit 82.76F (28.2C) in Lincolnshire today toppling the 80.96F August Bank Holiday record set in 1984 at East Bergholt, Suffolk.
But rain will dampen spirits tomorrow and Wednesday before things pick up later this week.
It will also feel much cooler across most of Britain before the mercury rises in time for the weekend.
Highs of 82.4F or above were recorded across the South yesterday while the North was cooler.
The South-east will hold on to the heat tomorrow with temperatures set to hit 82.4F.
But a different picture for the rest of the country will see 69.8F in the South with highs of around 62.6F further north.
However, long-range forecasters think next month could deliver enough sunshine to make up for the disappointing summer.
Exacta Weather’s James Madden said: “The warm weather at the end of August will pave the way for more hot weather as we head into September.
“We expect a number of heat surges through the month and the start of the meteorological autumn.
“Seasonal forecasts will vary in their output but we expect a switch to cooler conditions in October.”
Showers will turn heavy in the South on Wednesday as cooler temperatures sweep down from the North.
However, high pressure will build later this week triggering a return of the good weather to much of Britain.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “The South-east will hang on to the heat on Tuesday with a mixture of sunshine and showers across the UK.
“Wednesday will feel disappointing after the Bank Holiday with more in the way of rain and it will feel cooler.
“However, high pressure will build towards the end of the week bringing further sunny spells and some good sunshine into the weekend.
“Although it won’t be as warm as the Bank Holiday, temperatures will rise and next week we are keeping out eyes on a couple of tropical systems which could affect our weather.”
The Met Office’s 30-day outlook predicts warm days and chilly nights through the first month of autumn.
Southern regions will enjoy the highest temperatures with more of a chance of wind and rain further north, it says.
It states: “Next weekend the weather will be mostly settled, with some sunshine and warm temperatures by day, but with some chilly nights.
“Into the following week, it will turn increasingly changeable, with spells of rain interspersed with some drier and brighter interludes.
“South eastern parts of the UK will see a good deal of dry and bright weather, however some thundery showers are possible at times.
“Temperatures are likely to be around average for this time of year, with some places becoming very warm in the South.”