Hotter than the Bahamas! Britain is set to bask in 83F sunshine today in ...

Put away your woolly jumpers and bring out the sunscreen - as an Indian summer heatwave is set to make parts of Britain warmer than the Bahamas.

Temperatures in southern England could reach 29C (83F) today and rise as high as 31C (88F) by tomorrow.

Meanwhile the mercury in the West Midlands will top 28C (82F), while 24C or 25C (75-77F) is expected in northern England.

It compares to a seasonal average daytime temperature of 18C (64F) for England and Wales in September. The Bahamas is currently recording temperatures of 31C (88F).

Met Office spokeswoman Bonnie Diamond said the heatwave is being caused by warm air being drawn north from Spain and Portugal by an area of high pressure.

She said: ‘The warm weather is being drawn north from the Iberian peninsula.’  

Beachgoers and September staycationers soak up the sun on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Beachgoers and September staycationers soak up the sun on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

There were similar scenes along Bournemouth's seafront, as Brits made the most of the unseasonable September sun

There were similar scenes along Bournemouth's seafront, as Brits made the most of the unseasonable September sun 

By lunchtime today crowds had filled most of Bournemouth beach, but there was still room to adhere to two-metre distancing

By lunchtime today crowds had filled most of Bournemouth beach, but there was still room to adhere to two-metre distancing

Battersea Park in South London was a popular destination today as the hot weather treated families to a warm September blast

Battersea Park in South London was a popular destination today as the hot weather treated families to a warm September blast

A sunseeker in St James Park strips down to enjoy the rays in London during the Indian summer spell, which could pause on Wednesday, before continuing for the rest of the week

A sunseeker in St James Park strips down to enjoy the rays in London during the Indian summer spell, which could pause on Wednesday, before continuing for the rest of the week

Miss Diamond added the weekend is due to be fine and dry across England and Wales, with temperatures on the rise. 

A maximum of 22C (72F) is expected in southern areas and 18-19C (64-66F) further north. 

She said: ‘For the start of next week, we are looking at warm air arriving from the continent bringing temperatures into the high 20s, with the highest figures in the south and east but it will be warm, too, for much of the UK.

‘Maximum temperatures of 29C are expected on Monday and on Tuesday we could see, 29, 30 or even 31C.

‘Further north, Birmingham could reach 28C’.

The figures compare with 29C (83F) forecast for the Bahamas on Monday and Tuesday.

Warm temperatures are expected in Wales, where parts of Snowdonia are predicted to hit 25C (77F), and North East England, where 23C (73F) is forecast for Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Monday.

Horse riders took a walk along the shore at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire on Monday morning, as a September heatwave gets underway

Horse riders took a walk along the shore at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire on Monday morning, as a September heatwave gets underway

Clear skies and sunshine have been forecast across England today, even in North Yorkshire, where couple took a chance to dip in the sea

Clear skies and sunshine have been forecast across England today, even in North Yorkshire, where couple took a chance to dip in the sea

The new Rule of Six Covid-19 restriction comes into effect today, with members of the public still allowed to gather outside, there was plenty of room left for social distancing at Potters Field Park near City Hall in London

The new Rule of Six Covid-19 restriction comes into effect today, with members of the public still allowed to gather outside, there was plenty of room left

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