UK weather latest: Sweltering 34C heatwave set to hit Britain as school holidays begin

Olivia Tobin

A sweltering heatwave with temperatures up to 34C is set to hit the UK, just as school holidays kick off.

The Met Office has warned it will be “exceptionally warm” in the South East of England, as the hot weather hits during the week.

Temperatures are set to soar to 32C on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the capital – before “thundery rain” spreads in time for the weekend.

Forecasters said it will be “hot and sunny on Tuesday, then muggy overnight".

People enjoy the sunshine on the beach in Bournemouth (PA)

“It will stay hot and humid with further sunny spells on Wednesday,” the Met Office warned.

The hot spell is predicted to see temperatures reach up to 34C (93F) for parts of the UK early next week - but sunshine will be sandwiched between periods of rain and thunderstorms.

People relax in the hot and sunny weather on the grass beside Tower Bridge (AFP/Getty Images)

After a tornado swept through Hale, near Manchester Airport on Friday - damaging buildings and cars - Britain's stop-start summer is set to continue over the week.

If temperatures stay high in the same spots for three consecutive days, the Met Office deems it a heatwave.

People enjoy the hot weather on Clapham Common (PA)

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Andy Page, said: "As we head into next week temperatures will increase daily across much of England and Wales as hot air is drawn up from France and Spain.

"Temperatures could reach 34C by Wednesday in parts of central, southern or eastern areas and heatwave thresholds are likely to be reached in some places."

London is predicted to see temperatures peak at 32C (89.6F) on Wednesday, while on Tuesday the mercury could rise to 28C (82F) in Manchester, 30C (86F) in Bristol, and 29C (84F) in Birmingham and Brighton.

In Scotland and the north west of the UK, rain could be heavy later into next week - with periods of strong wind bringing a risk of coastal gales.

But in the south and south east, drier and warmer weather - which could be hot and humid at times - is predicted with the danger of thunderstorms.