Late burst of summer on the way
Forecasters are predicting a late burst of summer sunshine and warm weather as Britain heads into autumn.
People in the south east enjoyed temperatures as high as 22C (71.6F) on Sunday, with families making the most of it on beaches and in parks, but things are looking even rosier for the coming week, with parts of the country expected to reach highs of 28C (82.4F).
Helen Rossington, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said: "You don't get an Indian summer until you have already had a frost, but it is going to be warm and we will see temperatures possibly go up to 28C on Wednesday and Thursday.
"While it is going to be nice in the south, it's not looking great for the north, west Wales and Northern Ireland, where conditions are expected to be cooler and cloudier and temperatures will only get up to 19C.
"Things will go a bit down hill towards the end of the week, with unsettled conditions and thunder and rain moving up from the south."
The UK has enjoyed its warmest, driest and sunniest summer since 2006, according to Met Office figures.
Mean temperatures hit 15.2C (59F) which is 0.8C above the average, according to the estimates covering June 1 through to August 28.
In terms of rainfall, the estimate suggests about 189 mm (7.45in) of rain - which is 78% of the UK average, making this the driest summer since 2006 and ranking about 16th driest in the records dating back to 1910.
For south-east England and East Anglia this will be the driest summer since 1995.