Summer hits Britain this week as temperatures could reach as high as 28C

Britain is about to bask in some sizzling summer weather this week, forecasters say.

Temperatures could reach 28C in parts of the UK by the end of the week, although there will be a north-south divide.

While sunshine is forecast for the south-east and central parts of England, Scotland isn’t quite as fortunate, and may have to make do with wind and rain.

People enjoying the weekend sunshine in Canterbury, Kent (Picture: Rex)

The Met Office has forecast that temperatures could rise about 6C above average for this time of year.

The warm weather will be brought by areas of high pressure from France and hot air from Portugal.

People enjoy the sun at Kingston Maurward House in Dorset on Sunday (Picture: Rex)

Forecaster Emma Salter said: ‘High pressure builds from France from Tuesday and we will be back into the mid 20Cs with 27C (80.6F) or 28C (82.4F) possible towards the end of the week.

‘It is going to feel very warm, and perhaps hot in places as air comes in from the tropics, around the Azores, with lots of sunshine around.

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‘The highest temperatures will be around the south and the southeast with central England also faring quite well.’

It’s not all bad news for the north of the country, where temperatures will reach about 20C.

Today’s forecast, but temperatures are expected to get higher later this week (Picture: Met Office)

Summer so far has been characterised by fits and starts, with sunny spells blighted by intermittent stormy conditions.

Last week, heavy rain and gale force winds brought disruption to Britain’s transport network.

A boat makes its way along the River Thames towards Maidenhead Riverside on Sunday (Picture: PA)

Temperatures reached 25C in some parts of Britain at the weekend and that is expected to be toppled later this week.

Some punters went punting on the River Stour at Westgate, Kent (Picture: Rex)

The Met Office recorded a temperature of 24.8C in the village of Santon Downham in Suffolk at the weekend.