South ready for Indian summer this week as temperatures could reach 22C

A man relaxes in the sunshine in St James’s Park, London, last week (Picture: PA)

Britain is set to enjoy an Indian summer this week as temperatures are forecast to hit as high as 22C.

The sun will return after the weekend washout, which saw torrential rain in many parts of the UK.

Temperatures are expected to make their way into the 20s on Wednesday and Thursday in London and the south of England.

However, people in the north of country may want to keep their coats and umbrellas handy, as more wind and rain is forecast there.

Scenes from a rainy day Portobello Market in London on Saturday (Picture: PA)

It follows two storms, Ali and Bronagh, which brought heavy rain, high winds and flooding.

But some of the good weather enjoyed by many in the summer heatwave is expected to return in the south, particularly midweek.

The Met Office said there will be “a north/south split developing through the middle of the week”.

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It added: “Becoming cloudier and windy with some rain in the north. but remaining settled, dry and mostly sunny in the south.


“Through the rest of September the weather should stay largely settled with long spells of sunshine and generally light winds.

“For October, settled and drier conditions are likely to dominate across many parts of the UK during the beginning of this period.”

The Indian summer will be a welcome respite for some following the weekend washout.

The Herd Groyne lighthouse at South Shields on the North East coast during sunrise (Picture: PA)

In Scotland, temperatures dipped as low as 5C, although the Met Office cancelled a yellow warning for wind and rain on Sunday morning as conditions eased.

Monday will see sunny spells and mostly dry weather in England, although showers are expected in Scotland.

England and Wales will enjoy sunshine on Tuesday, but rain and wind is forecast in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office says the warmest temperatures of the week are expected later in the week, when 22C is forecast on Thursday.