BRITAIN is set to sizzle in a 30C scorcher that's forecast to be the hottest day of the year this weekend – hotter than Barcelona, according to the Met Office.
Weather forecasters predict a blisteringly warm start to June as UK temperatures exceed other holiday hotspots like Ibiza.
A spokeswoman for the Met Office said much of the country will enjoy balmy weather on Saturday – and Sunday could be even hotter.
Temperatures then are expected to reach 27C in central regions and the south east.
She said: "If that does happen, it'll be the hottest day of the year.
"So far, April 19 holds the record, when temperatures reached 25.8C in Cornwall.
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"Before then, things will be changeable. There'll be
sunny and wet spells tomorrow.
"This will be followed by much of the country experiencing cloudy and rainy conditions on Wednesday and Thursday.
"But it will feel considerably warmer on Friday and, by Saturday, temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid twenties throughout the UK."
But the weekend of hot sunshine will only last until Monday when the mercury takes a nosedive again, the Met Office has said.
After a few days of blazing sun, temperatures are then expected to plummet for a "fresh" start to next week.
Greg Dewhurst told the Sun Online: "Over the next few days it will get warmer and warmer, but it doesn't look like it will last long.
"From Monday it will be a lot fresher again, dipping back to the mid to high teens."
Meteorologist Grahame Madge said there remains uncertainty as to the range of temperatures for the coming days as weather forecasters wait for the warm air to arrive.
He said: "The indication is that we could see highs of 28C, isolated highs of around 28C, on Saturday.
"The most likely candidate places for those would be places like Norwich, North London, those sorts of areas away from the coast, but in the south east corner of the UK.
"And on Sunday we could see highs of 29C, even possibly 30C.
"So Sunday looks very much as though it's going to be a warmer day than Saturday.
"So we have got that warmth coming through.
"Once this warm front, and the air behind it, starts to pull across the UK then we will see temperatures starting to rise."
HOT AIR SWEEPING IN
The Met Office spokesman said there will be a "fundamental change" once the warm front – known as tropical maritime air – starts to draw the warmer air across the UK later this week.
Mr Madge added: "It will work its way across, reaching all parts of the UK by later in the week and the weekend.
According to the Met Office website, Barcelona and Ibiza will see highs of 24C (75F) on Sunday, while St Tropez is expected to reach 28C.
Bookmaker Coral has put 2-1 odds on this June being the hottest since records began.
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