The final throes of summer are set to offer up a week of warm UK weather before autumn takes hold.

A burst of heat could see mercury rise to highs of 26C in London and patches of the southeast before a sweeping band of rain on Sunday night offers fresher days going into the working week.

However, despite drizzly spells in the north and gusts with a possible wind speed of 60mph in Scotland, the sun is expected to return to the UK for much of the week and into next weekend – offering temperatures in the low 20s.

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Asked if the nation would be basking in the last of the summer’s sun, Meteorologist Mark Wilson from the Met Office said the weather may begin to decline into next weekend as the autumn begins in earnest.

He told The Independent: “It’s always hard to say but it is mid-September now and the later into autumn you get the likelihood temperatures become lower rises.

“However into next week it does look like it will stay warm.”

Mr Wilson added: “It looks like it will be a warm weekend in the south at least – seeing temperatures on Sunday as high as 25 – then a band of cloud and rain will sink its way southwards into Monday. That will introduce some fresher conditions for many areas.

“So it will be a cooler couple of days on Monday and Tuesday and then it will start to warm up again as we head into the latter part of next week. By the time we get to Thursday and Friday temperatures will be back up into the low 20s in places in the south. 

“All in all it looks like next week will stay fairly dry, often sunny and fairly warm as well but there will be some quite chilly nights as well.”

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