Temperatures soar to 77F today before a scorching 87F week-long heatwave ...

The UK is set to bask in temperatures peaking at 87F as a plume of heat makes its way to the country once more from the start of next week.

Following a dreary start to the month, the country will see a north-south divide as western Scotland continues to be drenched by torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow rainfall warning for western Scotland where as much as 50mm of rain could fall in hilly areas.  

However in stark contrast, bright and sunny spells are expected to make their return to the rest of the UK by Monday, with temperatures reaching 77F today before continuing to rise next week.

The September warmth follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures hit 93F (34C) for six days running last month. 

The mini-heatwave also comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson brings in the so-called 'rule of six' from Monday in England meaning groups of more than half a dozen cannot meet socially, while lockdown will be imposed in the West Midlands from Tuesday.  

Today hundreds of visitors descended upon Bournemouth beach to enjoy the warm and sunny weather.

Hundreds of Britons flocked to Bournemouth beach today to enjoy the sunny weather as the UK sees temperatures continue to rise

Hundreds of Britons flocked to Bournemouth beach today to enjoy the sunny weather as the UK sees temperatures continue to rise

Revellers arrived to Bournemouth beach with their beach gear as temperatures in the UK rise to 77F following a wet start to the month

Revellers arrived to Bournemouth beach with their beach gear as temperatures in the UK rise to 77F following a wet start to the month

People began to make their way onto the beach today as bright and sunny spells made their return to most of the UK

People began to make their way onto the beach today as bright and sunny spells made their return to most of the UK

People walk along Bournemouth beach just a day before the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'rule of six' rule is brought in

People walk along Bournemouth beach just a day before the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'rule of six' rule is brought in

People enjoy the sun and sea air at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini-heatwave next week

People enjoy the sun and sea air at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini-heatwave next week

The top temperatures expected on Tuesday could hit 31C (87F) and remain into Wednesday, but there is the possibility of some thunderstorms mixed in.  

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told MailOnline: 'There's a stark difference between western Scotland and the rest of the UK.

'Across western Scotland there's going to be rain that's set to continue for the rest of the day. It will turn lighter and patchier as we go through the overnight period. 

'We've already see more than 50mm of rain in some parts of western Scotland overnight and a further 50mm is possible through the day today so there is a yellow rainfall warning for parts of north west Scotland. Also quite breezy so quite a windy day as well. 

'However in complete contrast to the rest of the UK it's going to be a dry day. Mostly dry and the further south and east of the UK are more in the way of

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