Britain set for sweltering weather
Britain is expected to bask in the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend as the country prepares for a long spell of sweltering summer weather.
Sun worshippers will enjoy highs of up to 30C in parts of southern England on Sunday, while most of the UK will see temperatures in the mid to late 20s.
Forecasters said the weather will be much hotter than usual for the time of year - the average maximum temperature for July in England is 20.9C.
Gareth Harvey, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Most of the UK will enjoy fine sunshine for this time of year and it could be with us for a fair while. There'll be high UV levels so anyone who is out and about will need their sun screen."
Many parts of the country will enjoy temperatures on par with popular Spanish holiday resorts, Mr Harvey added.
The mercury will hit the mid 20s for most of England and Wales on Saturday, with southern areas reaching 28 to 29C. Parts of Scotland will see more cloud but temperatures will remain in the low 20s.
Forecasters predicted highs of up to 29C (84F) in London and the south east of England on Sunday, with those attending - and indeed competing in - the weekend's Wimbledon finals set for sweltering conditions.
Parts of south east England could reach 30C on Sunday while the good weather is expected continue for between seven to 10 days. The last time the country enjoyed a long spell of warm July weather was in 2006, where temperatures were above 28C in many areas for a fortnight.
More recently, temperatures peaked at 30.7 °C between 23 to 26 July last year.
The previous highest temperature of the year was 27C (80F) on June 30 but recent years have seen Britons endure wet and overcast summers.