A blast of heat from Europe is predicted to send temperatures soaring to around 30C tomorrow spurring millions to flock to Britain’s beaches.
Southern regions of the UK could be hotter than 26C Rabat in Morocco on Monday as warm tropical air drifts in from France.
The Met Office said thermometers could reach 29C in parts of southern England, the warmest since records began.
A Met Office forecaster said: “It could be the warmest late August Bank Holiday Monday since it was established in 1965.”
Britain’s seaside hotspots are expecting their busiest weekend of summer after a disappointing August of downpours and miserably low temperatures.
Patricja Grot, 26, (L) and pal Agie Thomasik, from Glasgow, enjoys some sunshine at Luss, Loch Lomond
More than a million music revellers will swelter at the Notting Hill Carnival over the next few days as the event kicks off today.
Heat and high pressure from the continent is cheering one in three adults – 17 million Brits – who are on UK holidays or day trips this weekend.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “29C looks like it could be the maximum temperature in the South on Monday.
“The highest Bank Holiday Monday temperature on record is 28.3C, set in 1990, provisional data going back to 1975 shows.
“It’s nice and warm for most – and, after the weather in recent weeks, it’s about time too.”
“Forecast models show 30C is possible on Monday in the south”
Brian Gaze, Weather Outlook forecaster
A forecaster for Netweather said: “30C is possible on Monday.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Forecast models show 30C is possible on Monday in the south.
“Bank Holiday weekend sunshine is putting a smile on people’s faces after weeks of disappointing school holidays.”
In the south sunshine, clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20Cs are tipped to hold out for at least a week as summer comes to a close.
But elsewhere temperatures will nudge 25C and above in the north while Scotland will be cooler, with highs of around 20C.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said Scotland may miss out with rain and cooler temperatures forecast for the region.
He said: “We are looking at very good weather on Monday especially across the south and southeast where we could see some fairly high temperatures.
“We expect to see 27C to 29C with around a 20 per cent chance of 30C and a good deal of sunshine for many places.
“There is a bit of a split however with a cold front across Scotland bringing wetter and windier weather.
“Tuesday and Wednesday could see some rain moving into the southeast but we are keeping an eye on this, then there are signs of high pressure building again bringing more brighter and more settled conditions.”
The end-of-summer sizzle is rescuing the coldest August for 45 years.
Looking further ahead, a two month-long Indian summer with glorious sunshine and highs of 30C has been forecast throughout autumn.
The Met Office has forecast “warm or very warm” sunny spells from next week until mid-September in southern regions, giving youngsters a boost as school holidays end.