A heatwave will hit the south of Britain this weekend as summer finally gets going.However, the north and west of the UK will miss out on the best weather as the weekend is a mixed picture with a clear north-south split of the UK as a band of rain sweeps across central Britain on Saturday.
North of that line fresher conditions will bring cooler temperatures of 15C to 16C in Glasgow, 18C for Newcastle, 17C for Manchester while London and the south east enjoy highs of up to 25C.
By Tuesday, London will see temperatures climb up to 28C, Leeds and Manchester will see highs of 26C with Newcastle edging up to 23C. The south east will hog the best conditions, with prolonged bright, clear and sunny spells as the rest of the country sees more cloud cover.
Coral has slashed the odds on this weekend being the hottest of the year from 2-1 to even money with 2-1 from 8-1 on July being the hottest on record. Spokeswoman Nicola McGeady said: “The Great British Summer is set to return this weekend and the odds are starting to suggest that the sizzling weather could last much longer this time.”