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The Met Office has warned there will be heavy rain and strong winds blasting the north of the country, with lighter showers will across Wales, the Midlands and northern England. But temperatures will soar as the week progressive and people could be basking in highs of 31.5C this weekend. Met Office chief meteorologist, Steve Willington said: “We’ve had a fairly wet and windy August so far, however that’s going to change this weekend as we see high temperatures, sunshine and light winds return. 

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“On Saturday and Sunday there’ll be plenty of sunshine across the country with temperatures reaching into the mid-20s Celsius for many - it’ll be warmest in southeastern parts where 30 Celsius is possible.   

“By Bank Holiday Monday itself temperatures will rise further with around 33C possible in the southeast – which would set a new record for the coming Bank Holiday weekend.”

But before the good weather hits, gale force winds of up to 45mph could pound parts of Scotland and northern England.

In the south, it will remain mostly dry and cloudy with some warm sunshine.

The UK will be hit by storms before temperatures rise over the Bank HolidayThe UK will be hit by storms before temperatures rise over the Bank Holiday (Image: GETTY)

Temperatures could reach at least 30C in some parts of the UKTemperatures could reach at least 30C in some parts of the UK this weekend (Image: WXCHARTS)

The Met Office’s five day weather forecast said rain and strong winds will linger until Friday.

The Met Office said: “Tonight a band of rain, heavy at times, sinking southwards from southern Scotland into northern England and north Wales overnight, where windy.

“Showers following into the northwest. Dry with clear spells further south, where turning locally chilly, with some fog patches.

“Cloud and rain returning across northern and western parts during the morning, becoming persistent in northwest later, windy here. Elsewhere, dry with good spells of sunshine across England and Wales.

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Wales has seen heavy downpours over the last weekWales has seen heavy downpours over the last week (Image: GETTY)

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“Rain and strong winds clearing north through Friday. Becoming

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