Heatwave joy after miserable May as mercury to hit 30C this week

Last week's soaring heat is not going anywhere just yet in Britain as another few sweltering days are forecast.

Temperatures warmer than Spain could again be felt across the UK this week, but according to the Met Office, but not everyone will be lucky enough to dodge incoming cloud and rain.

Bookies Coral back the prospect of the mercury hitting 30C before next Monday, that odds have been slashed on it happening.

Monday will bring warm sunny spells and will remain dry for most of the west and south the Met Office does warn of some heavy and thundery showers breaking out in the east of England and Scotland.

England and Wales are again forecast to bask in the warm sun on Tuesday, the Met Office says, with only those in northern Scotland running for shelter.

After parts of the UK topped Ibiza on the thermostat last week, Aidan McGivern at the Met Office said: "Many places will be fine with warm sunny spells for much of the time."

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Punters looking to place a wager on 30C heat in the UK this week may want to look elsewhere than Coral which is offering odds of just 1-2, The Sun reports.

Coral spokesman John Hill said: "It has been a sweltering week so far and things could still get hotter. We have slashed the odds on 30C or higher being recorded before the end of the weekend.

"This week could be a taste of what is to come over the next few months as our betting suggests we may be set for the hottest summer ever in the UK."

The firm is also offering odds of 4-5 on this month becoming the hottest June on record, and even 4-6 that in 2021 we will have the hottest summer ever in the UK.

Towards the second half of the working week, it is more good news for sun-seeking Brits particularly those in the east and southeast where the Met Office says will be "mostly fine, dry and very warm in the sunshine in the east and southeast".

BBC Weather forecasts more of a mixed bag from Thursday into the weekend.

The website states: "Thursday will see more cloud and drizzle build in from the west, however, there is some uncertainty about the extent of the rain.

"A moderate westerly breeze. Friday may see a cloudy start, with spells of rain in places, but high pressure is expected to build bringing settled conditions."

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