UK set for hottest October day for seven years as Indian Summer returns

Britain is set for its hottest October day for seven years when temperatures soar to 25C during a 12-day Indian Summer.

Britain should make the most of it, as these could be the last days of warm and sunny weather until next year.

It will be welcome relief from a weekend which has brought heavy rain and freezing temperatures, heralding the march towards winter’s gloom.

The "last hurrah" will be hotter than parts of Portugal, with some places in the UK expected to be 10C warmer than usual by mid-week.

On Sunday, Brits woke up to frost as the temperature plunged to -3C in some areas.

A yellow warning for rain was in place for Scotland’s Highland and Argyll regions, where up to 100mm expected.

Temperatures will begin to climb on Monday and Tuesday, with the week’s best weather expected mid-week in the south.

Highs of 25C in the south – 11C above average – and 17C in the north – where it will remain breezy – have been forecast for Wednesday.

A high above 23.6C would be Britain’s hottest October day since 2011, according to Met Office records.

In 2011, the temperature on October 1 at Gravesend, Kent, was a scorching 29.9C.

On Monday, rain is expected to edge across Northern Ireland and western Scotland, becoming heavy at times with strong winds.

It will be dry and sunny elsewhere as it becomes warmer in the south.

Things will remain blustery in the north on Tuesday, with heavy rain at times across western Scotland.

But it will be largely dry and fine with very warm temperatures by mid-week in England and Wales, the Met Office said.

The Met Office said temperatures will nudge 20C each day until as late as October 20.

Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Leslie as it churns over open water in the Atlantic.

The latest predictions show the former hurricane moving south-east during the week towards the Canary Islands.

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The storm is helping catapult tropical air to Britain but will also bring gales up to 80mph to the north.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: "Temperatures are going up from Monday, with Wednesday and Thursday seeing 23-24C, with 25C not discounted.

"The South should stay comfortably above average until at least October 18, with the high teens daily and odd days at 20C.

"Tropical Storm Leslie and deep Atlantic lows are bringing tropical maritime air but also windy conditions for the north for much of the next week, with 50mph gusts at times and higher in exposed parts."

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze added: "It’s summer’s last hurrah, with Indian Summer-style weather through mid-October shown on computer models, with 25C highs possible in mid-week.

"Very warm air is being pulled up to Britain, but the clash with Atlantic disturbances means very strong wind gusts around 75mph likely in the north."

The Met Office backs a warmer-than-normal three months until Christmas.

There is a 60 to 80 per cent probability of a warmer-than-average three months until the end of December across all of the UK.

This summer was the UK’s hottest for 108 years.

This week’s forecast from the Met Office

Sunday: England and Wales will be fine and mostly sunny after a cold start, although turning cloudier in the north this afternoon.

Locally heavy rain and gales over western Scotland, but lighter rain with some brightness in the sheltered east.

Sunday night: Rain edging south across southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, turning drier and clearer to the north.

Dry but rather cloudy elsewhere and less cold than last night, except the southeast.

Monday: Rain edges north across Northern Ireland and western Scotland, becoming heavy at times in the west with strong winds.

Elsewhere, dry with sunny spells and turning warmer from the south.

Tuesday to Thursday: The north will often be windy, with heavy rain at times on Tuesday, across western Scotland.

England and Wales: largely dry and fine with temperatures becoming very warm by mid-week.

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