Don’t pack away BBQs and swimming costumes just yet.
September could bring a late blast of summer sunshine to the UK after a mild August, according to an ex-BBC forecaster.
John Hammond, of Weathertrending and formerly of the BBC and the Met Office, has predicted it will be late summer “at its best” with temperatures reaching 25C.
He said: “Many of us can look forward to some fine weather, so don’t put away your garden furniture just yet.
“A late blast of summer sunshine is on the menu. It will be late summer at its best, with a sunnier finale to a dull August.”
He added to Birmingham Mail: “The mid-20s is possible by midweek, with the fine weather holding on for the weekend and for a few more days into September for most.”
A spokesperson for the BBC said: “High pressure looks a bit more likely to stick around through the bank holiday weekend and into the first week of September before gradually declining away. This means the first few days of autumn will tend to keep things largely dry across the UK with some warmth in western and northern areas.
“With high pressure to our northwest, a cooler easterly wind in the North Sea and southern half of the UK will keep the temperatures a little below average there.
“Towards the first weekend of September, there are some signals that low pressure may begin to push in as the high starts to weaken and shift north. However, confidence is a bit low on the exact timing, and this could hold off until the following week.”
It comes as the Met Office said sunshine was on the cards in south-west England for Bank Holiday Monday.
Temperatures were predicted to climb to 22C over the course of the day.
London and the South East were expected to fetch temperatures of around 18C with spots of rain and clouds.
However, it was set to be a damp day in north-east England and eastern Scotland where temperatures would only reach 13C.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “We often get hot bank holidays. We often get cold bank holidays.
“For this one, the weather is kind of benign. If anything, (the weather) is extreme in how unextreme it is.
“The west of the UK will be sunny at times and warm, whereas coastal parts of the east could be quite drizzly and, to be honest, at times not the most pleasant weather.”