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Temperatures will rocket through the coming days with parts of the country braced for a 30C (86F) steam-bath next weekend.
Blazing sunshine and blue skies should hold out until the middle of June although some forecasters predict a month-long scorcher.
Fine weather will make a welcome return after violent electrical storms pummelled the nation unleashing lashing rain, hail, floods and tens of thousands of lightning strikes.
Unseasonal warmth and sweltering humidity will bring an ongoing risk of thundery outbreaks during the start of summer although they will be fewer and less severe, experts say.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said the mercury will take an upward turn this weekend before rocketing through the following week.
He said: “Forecasts into the start of the meteorological summer reveal a settled pattern of warm to hot temperatures with no give until at least mid-June.
“We expect it to turn increasingly warmer through the first week of the month with many parts of the country basking in temperatures in the mid 20Cs.
“It could be rather muggy and humid with some variable cloud cover, but when the sun does come out it will feel extremely hot as summer gets underway.”
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Storms which have blighted Britain over the past few days will deliver their parting shot across Scotland and eastern England on Saturday.
The Met Office has issued warnings for torrential and disruptive rain across the region from mid-morning until 9pm.
Unsettled weather threatens further traffic delays and problems with power supplies with flooding likely to cause damage to homes and businesses.
The Environment Agency has almost 50 flood alerts in place across central and northern England as river levels continue to rise after a week of downpours.
A spokesman said: “Surface water flooding is possible across parts of eastern and northern England on Saturday.
“Flooding may also occur from rivers in these areas, especially smaller rivers through towns and cities.
“Land, roads and some properties may flood and travel disruption is likely.”
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Met Offie chief forecaster Andy Page warned heavy, thundery showers will dump almost three inches of rain across northern Britain on Saturday.
He said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop by late morning mainly across inland parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Some of the storms could be severe, and with generally light winds, will be slow-moving.
"Whilst some areas may escape with a dry day, where storms do develop, torrential downpours are possible.
“There is the potential for 20 to 30 mm of rain to fall in an hour and as much as 40 to 70 mm [2.7 ins] in two to three hours.
“As well as heavy rain, frequent lightning and large hail are also possible.”
Despite the unsettled start to the weekend much of the country will enjoy