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Summer is about to arrive in a blaze of glory with temperatures set to hit 80F within days.
Virtually the entire country will bask in “wall-to-wall sunshine” while a swathe of hot air sweeps in from the Continent.
As thermometers began to rise yesterday, forecasters said the UK is on course to be hotter than Majorca, Tenerife and Ibiza.
Highs of 75F (24C) are on the cards at the weekend with the mercury rocketing to 81F (27C) by the middle of next week.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicky Maxey, said: “It is going to turn warm over the next couple of days as high pressure settles over the UK.
“There might be a little bit of patchy cloud around but otherwise it is looking warm and sunny, especially in the west.
However it warned the mini heat wave could trigger thunderstorms bringing the risk of torrential downpour across the UK.
Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said high pressure over the UK will draw a swathe of hot air in from the Continent.
“There is a chance we could hit the 27C mark in sheltered spots across the region with temperatures well into the 20s elsewhere.
Bookmakers Coral last night cut back odds on Britain sweltering in the hottest May on record, beating 1944’s high of 91F (32.8C) from 14/1 to 12/1.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “As we progress throughout the remainder of the month and into June it is likely that high pressure will continue to dominate.
“This will allow for an extensive period of prolonged sunshine and exceptionally warm temperatures across many parts of the country.
“It is quite plausible that temperatures could range in the mid to high twenties across large swathes of the country.”
The early hot weather has sparked fears Britain could be in for a mosquito invasion this summer.
A cocktail of winter floods, lack of frosts and rising temperatures have created perfect conditions for Asian tiger mosquitos.