Britain is set to bask in 27C heat soon with scorching temperatures to end days of drab grey skies.

After a dreary start to this week, the weather should pick up from later today when high pressure starts to build - and then only get better from there.

The skies should clear just in time for Brits to enjoy balmy sunbathing staycations.

Parts of the UK should see more regular highs of 25C throughout end of July, according to the latest long-range weather maps.

UK forecasts show the country will see some balmy temperatures towards the end of the month, with highs of 25C possible in some areas, reports the Express.

It comes after a wet start to July following the hottest day of the year during the June 25 heatwave when temperatures hit 33.3C at Heathrow in London.

Saturday, July 25, is looking promising for sunbathers

On Sunday the temperatures are expected to dip slightly, and WXCHARTS weather maps indicate the start of next week will not be quite so hot.

But later in July things get better as the mercury is forecast to rise once again, with many parts of the country expected to see temperatures above 20C.

According to WXCHARTS maps, which use data from MetDesk, the temperatures should noticeably start to rise from Thursday, July 23.

On this date much of central, eastern and southern England are forecast to see maximum temperatures above 20C.

The highest temperature of 22C is forecast for the south-east of England.

Sunrise over Granchester meadows in Cambridgeshire on St Swithin’s Day yesterday

However weather maps for Friday, July 24 show the heat spreading a bit further northwards, with parts of northern England also expected to see maximum temperatures hovering around 20 to 21C.

By the weekend, Netweather maps show maximum temperatures of 25C could hit the south-east of England on Saturday, July 25.

Across the south-east and south of England, maximum temperatures are forecast to be in the range of 21C to 24C.

A similar picture is also forecast for parts of northern, eastern and central England.

Scotland is predicted to see widespread temperatures within the high teen’s range, with some areas getting heat as high as 22C.

Summer is on its way back

Northern Ireland is also likely to see temperatures above 20C on this date, as are many parts of Wales.

In their long-range weather forecast for Monday, July 20 until Wednesday, July 29, the Met Office is predicting “dry weather and sunny spells” around the time of the weekend of July 25 to 26 for some regions.

However northern and northwestern parts of the UK will also see some rain spells and some strong winds at times.

The Met Office states: “Most areas will be mostly dry into the middle of next week, beyond which it is likely that the settled conditions will continue for many central and southern areas, bringing dry weather and sunny spells here.

“Northern and northwestern parts will probably turn increasingly unsettled with spells of rain accompanied by stronger winds at times.

People enjoy Brighton beach as summery weather sets in

“Later in the period there is a chance that the unsettled conditions across the north may spread more widely across the rest of the UK."

“Temperatures near or slightly above average but perhaps warm or at times very warm in the south.”

As July turns to August, the Met Office are predicting many parts of the UK “are likely to see periods of drier and settled weather”.

The south is expected to see the best of the warm weather at the start of August.

Warmer temperatures are forecast from Thursday, July 23

And although there will be some sunny spells, there are also expected to be some spells of wet weather, largely across the north and west of the UK.

Previous Met Office forecasts had suggested Brits could see Mediterranean highs as early as this Saturday, July 18.

But the latest predictions show slightly lower temperatures - with hopes of previous highs of 29C fading due to winds and patchy rain in some parts.

Instead, BBC forecaster Darren Bett said Friday should get the "peak of the heat for the next few days" - with warm air bringing highs of 27C in London.

Then Saturday will remain warm in the south of England and Wales.

Highs of 24C and Sunday 22C should still bathe the south, the Met Office said this morning.

The clearest skies and highest temperatures this weekend had been forecast for England’s eastern coastline, which could draw crowds to popular beaches such as Margate and Whitstable in Kent.