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Britain is enjoying warm summer conditions and temperatures this week as a weather front from the Sahara sweeps across the UK.
Parts of the country will be hotter than Thailand – with forecasters predicting two days of hot weather before temperatures drop back down to normal levels.
Weather experts are anticipating temperatures of 31C in south-east England – warmer than temperatures predicted for Phuket in Thailand.
The unseasonably warm temperatures are expected to be reached on Tuesday this week, before the mercury dips back down.
Met Office forecaster expert Craig Snell told The Mirror : "After a relatively cooler period for a couple of weeks we will see the return of summer weather.
"The next few days will be around 10C above the average for this time of year.
"It will be hottest in the south-east but very warm for a lot of the country.
"We sometimes see high temperatures even in October so this may not be the last blast of heat.
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"But certainly the chances of getting above 30C this late in the year will be reducing day by day."
The average temperature in the UK for mid-September is traditionally around 20C in the south and 17C in the north.
The hotter temperatures are due to a 1,500 mile-wide weather from that is blowing across Europe form the African deserts.
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Warm air is being sucked up by jet streams from Africa – prompting an “Indian Summer”.
While long term forecaster predict there could be more hot weather yet to come this autumn.
Forecaster Brian Gaze said: "Summer is returning in spectacular style. And with warmer-than-average temperatures forecast further into autumn, even October is expected to see 23C.”
Along with the increase in heat, it is predicted the weather will be mostly dry across the UK.
Met Office's John Griffiths said: "Tuesday we're still looking at highs of 30C somewhere in the south-east maybe even a spot of 31C, but it will already be cooling off in some south western areas."
He added: "Across Scotland it will actually be a warmer day for many on Tuesday.
"There's going to be the potential for a few showers around in some western areas and one of two of them could be heavy and the odd rumble of thunder but they're going to be very isolated where they do occur."
The North West can expect temperatures of up to 24C by 3pm on Tuesday – following similar temperatures on Monday.
Cloud cover will keep the temperature cooler than other parts of the UK.
Temperatures will hovering around 18 to 19C for the rest of the week through to the weekend – expect sunny days and clear nights.
Temperatures will push slightly higher to reach 25C, forecasters predict.
There will be little cloud cover, allowing plenty of sunshine.
While temperatures are expected to drop to 18-20C from Wednesday onwards.
Following highs of 22C on Monday, the mercury should hit the same level on Tuesday.
Cloud will be added following clear skies on Monday.
The temperature is expected to hold around the 20C point for the rest of the week.
Temperatures were predicted to hit 30C on Tuesday after similar conditions on Monday.
Clear skies are expected for the rest of the week.
Following those 30C highs, temperatures are predicted to dip to 22-23C.
Temperatures in the South West will be the first to drop in the UK.
After balmy 24C on Monday and into Tuesday, those temperatures are expected to drop to 20C.
Expect cloud on Tuesday and Wednesday – but clear skies to follow through to the weekend.
Temperatures have not hit the dizzy highs of the mid 20Cs in Scotland – where temperatures have remained around 19-20C.
There is a risk of rain across the week and cloud should be expected until the weekend.
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