The Met Office has issued a level three heat alert warning that hot temperatures could be dangerous to high-risk groups. The bank holiday heatwave will see most of the country sizzling in the sunshine, with the weekend potentially breaking records. But is it possible this weekend could really be the hottest August summer bank holiday in 18 years?
Weather forecasters have said temperatures could soar this weekend to a sweltering 33C - hotter than predicted temperatures for Hawaii this weekend.
After a few weeks of unsettled weather for many, the warmth and sunshine is a welcome relief for most.
Dry, fine weather hit the UK today, temperatures rising widely.
The hot daytime temperatures are expected on Saturday and Sunday, with warm conditions expected overnight.
But there is lower confidence that overnight minimum temperatures will remain above heat warning thresholds in places.
Met Office weather alert: Could this bank holiday weekend break an 18-year record? (Image: GETTY)
Fresh air is expected to gradually and erratically move in from the west during Monday and Tuesday, but confidence remains low regarding how quickly it will spread eastwards.
The Met Office issued an amber warning to say there is a 90 percent chance of heat health criteria being met between 9am on Saturday until 9am on Wednesday, August 28.
An amber heatwave warning is triggered when the Met Office confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90 confidence confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met.
This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at