A 200 mile-wide heatwave from Holland is set to bless Britain with hotter weather than the Mediterranean.

An out-of-season rush to the coast is looking likely after millions were unable to make the most of Tuesday’s 31°C heat as they were at work or school.

The Met Office forecast highs jumping from 23°C to 25°C tomorrow and then up one more degree on Sunday, with blue skies across most of the country.

That’s 7°C above average for this time of year and hotter than the 24° predicted in Barcelona, however temperatures may be closer to 20°C in Scotland and parts of the north.

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The Met Office forecast long sunny spells for most through the weekend and into next week, with just scattered showers in the south late tomorrow and easing by Sunday morning.

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘Warm air will move into
Britain from the region around Holland, with warm conditions and highs into
the mid-20s.’

Hundreds of thousands of weekend beach visitors are expected, with holiday hotspots including Brighton, Bournemouth, Dorset and Cornwall braced for heavy traffic.

Forecasters expect temperatures of 25°C on Monday and 21°C on Tuesday, with highs easing to 18°C from Wednesday with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: ‘It will be a mostly fine
weekend, with just some showers in the South later on Saturday and petering
out on Sunday, with high pressure holding on.’

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