Heatwave warning for parts of UK
Britain is braced for warmer weather this weekend after the Met Office warned parts of the country could be hit by a heatwave.
Temperatures could top 30C in some places by early next week, it said.
The weather authority issued a heat-health alert for the East Midlands, the east of England and the South East, warning of dangers of high temperatures, particularly for the very old, the very young and those with chronic conditions.
Highs of 32C (90F) are possible, with hot temperatures set to peak across East Anglia, the East Midlands and south-east England during Monday, it said.
Head of health forecasting at the Met Office, Patrick Sachon, said: "There is the possibility of daytime and night-time temperatures reaching trigger thresholds. These temperatures, together with high humidity, pose a risk to vulnerable people, such as those with underlying health problems."
But the next few days will see varied weather across the UK as a whole, with some places experiencing unsettled conditions and temperatures in the low 20s.
Chief forecaster at the Met Office, Andy Page, added: "There is a 60% chance of some places in East Anglia, the East Midlands and south-east England reaching 30C on Sunday and Monday. However, it is important to note that not all places will see the hot weather. Cooler weather is expected to spread across all parts of the UK by the middle of next week."
MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Saturday would kick off with cloudy skies following rainfall overnight.
Forecaster Andy Ratcliffe said: "There are likely to be some sunny spells breaking through during the afternoon. Where the sun breaks through it will be very warm, with temperatures of up to about 24C (75F) or 25C (77F).
"Tomorrow there's set to be some sunshine across the UK, which will result in highs of up to about 29C (84F). Across Scotland and Northern Ireland it will be cloudier with showers or rain. Towards the end of tomorrow there's the risk of thundery showers developing in northern England."