Brits are in for another scorching day with blazing sunshine and temperatures soaring to 28C – but things will cool down over the weekend as clouds and rain move in.
The Met Office is predicting fine and sunny weather for most of England and Wales, and patchy rain elsewhere that could become heavier across northern Scotland.
It will be fine weather for the tennis at Wimbledon and for Brits looking to relax at a sun-drenched beach or park on one of the warmest days of the month.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said some high cloud could make the sunshine hazy on Friday, but expected another warm day with temperatures reaching 28C.
The hottest weather is expected in London and the south-east of England, and south Wales.
Highs are expected to reach 28C in London, 24C in Cardiff, 19C in Belfast and 17C in Edinburgh.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Most of England and Wales will have warm sunshine throughout. Blue skies will be interspersed only with patches of high cloud.
"Across Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England, lower cloud will bring patchy rain, sometimes heavier across northern Scotland."
It is peak grass pollen season, so with lots of sunshine in England and Wales it means counts are "very high" – posing a danger to millions of asthma and hay fever sufferers.
Levels are "high" in Northern Ireland and "medium" or "low" in Scotland.
Experts warned this week that a "pollen bomb" could trigger potentially deadly asthma attacks.
UV levels will be "very high" for parts of England, and mostly "high" or "medium" for the rest of the country.
In the evening, rain and brisk breeze in Scotland will creep into northern England overnight.
As temperatures cool off on Saturday, England and Wales will become cloudier as rain moves southwards.
The far south will remain sunny and very warm, and northern parts of the UK will stay mostly dry with sunny spells, the Met Office said.
Forecasters are predicting highs of 22C in London, 21C in Cardiff, 18C in Belfast and 17C in Edinburgh.
Similar temperatures are likely on Sunday and there will be a few showers, but the south will gradually warm up again next week.
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Most of England and Wales will have warm sunshine throughout.
Blue skies will be interspersed only with patches of high cloud.
Across Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England, lower cloud will bring patchy rain, sometimes heavier across northern Scotland.
Central and southern areas will stay sunny into the evening.
Cloud, rain and a brisk breeze in Scotland will slowly move into northern England overnight, leaving clearer skies further north.
Northern UK will stay mostly dry with sunny spells.
England and Wales will become cloudier as rain moves gradually southwards but the far south will remain sunny and very warm.
Sunday to Tuesday
Most places will stay dry with sunny spells, apart from a few showers, which may become more frequent in the northwest by Tuesday.
The south will gradually warm up again.
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