Exact day Met Office says temperatures hitting 27C this week after washout

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Warm temperatures are set to return to the UK (Image: Graham Hunt/BNPS)
Warm temperatures are set to return to the UK (Image: Graham Hunt/BNPS)

Temperatures in the UK are set to reach a peak of 27C or 28C on Thursday in the southeast after a month of unsettled weather.

Monday will be mainly dry with sunny spells while Tuesday will be cloudier with patchy rain. Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington said: “There are some signals of a shift in the jet stream which may allow for high pressure to build for southern areas, increasing the likelihood of some drier weather. However, there’s still a chance of some rain for areas further north.”

The RAC reckons that roughly four million cars will hit the roads for leisure journeys this weekend. The port of Dover warned drivers going to France today to allow 90 minutes to pass through border control on one of the busiest days of the summer.

Exact day Met Office says temperatures hitting 27C this week after washout rriddqixxiqezinvThe Met Office said the mercury could hit 27C or 28C on Thursday (Getty Images)

It comes as Storm Antoni wreaked havoc across Britain today with torrential rain and winds gusting at up to 70mph. As the Met Office issued a yellow storm-force warning of danger to life, a deluge of almost 65mm (2.5ins) left cars and businesses submerged in floods in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Residents in nearby villages had to be evacuated.

Events were cancelled across the country, including LooseFest, a two-day festival at Newcastle’s Town Moor starring Sean Paul and Craig David, the annual Dorset jazz festival and the Isle of Wight’s Chale Show. And Bibby Stockholm, an engineless barge due for use by migrants, was battered by the storm at in Portland Harbour.

Gales, snow and rain to batter country today with 80mph wind gustsGales, snow and rain to batter country today with 80mph wind gusts

But the extremes were due to vanish overnight with no weather warnings in place today. Britain can expect a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, with heavier rainfall restricted to western areas. Winds will be lighter everywhere and temperatures are expected to reach 22C in the south.

Meanwhile, homeowners expressed disbelief after more than a dozen homes in north Dublin were hit by flash flooding on Saturday. Eight people were evacuated from their homes using inflatable rescue sleds and one person was taken to hospital, Dublin Fire Brigade said, after several 999 calls were received on Saturday.

An underground car park at a block of flats on the same road as the houses was also flooded, where about 15 cars were thought to be parked underneath. Water appeared to still be up to the ceiling of the basement later on Saturday, as Dublin Fire Brigade and Dublin City Council continued to pump the water out.

People were seen assessing the damage to their homes and airing cars that had been parked in driveways, as relatives arrived to offer support. Forecaster Met Eireann had issued several warnings that heavy rain and strong winds would hit the country as Storm Antoni moved eastwards across Ireland.

Exact day Met Office says temperatures hitting 27C this week after washoutPeople watch as waves crash against the shore in Portland, Dorset (PA)

But people at the Castle Court Estate questioned whether drainage had an impact on the severity of the flooding, described as a "deluge" by one homeowner, who did not want to be named. "It was like a tsunami, it just came in (at 9 o'clock), we'd no time to protect ourselves. (We) looked out the window, it was up to your ankle, next thing you know it was up to your knee," she told the PA news agency.

"We tried to save a few things, like photographs. But we couldn't save most of the stuff." She said that there had been a similar flood more than 10 years ago, but it was not as bad as what hit on Saturday. "This was terrible.

"This literally exploded. The last time it happened, I think something up near the train station or past the golf club, there was supposed to be flood doors, and they didn't open them. I don't know whether they opened them this time or not. Somewhere back along the line they haven't done what they're supposed to do."

UK 5 day weather forecast

This Evening and Tonight:

Strong winds and heavy rain will gradually ease as Storm Antoni clears to the east this evening. Overnight, the winds will continue to ease with clear spells developing. A few showers will persist near coasts.

Sunday:

Bright, with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Some of the showers will be on the heavy side, especially across western parts. Much lighter winds for all.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Largely dry on Monday, with sunny spells. Turning increasingly cloudy on Tuesday, with some patchy rain. Warmer on Wednesday, with the best of the sunshine in the north and east.

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