New maps show when Brits will bask in balmy 26C in a matter of hours

New weather maps have shown exactly when Brits can expect the “unseasonable” October heat to arrive this weekend – down to the hour.

Weather forecasters have long anticipated a hot spell causing several days of temperatures exceeding 20C, above historic averages, with highs expected to reach up to 26C in some areas.

The mercury will reach its highest this weekend, and the Met Office expects temperatures will stay consistently warm into the coming week.

Now, weather maps from the agency have revealed the exact hour conditions will reach their hottest.

People need only wait a few more hours to welcome the last-second blast of summer heat.

It comes as some parts of the UK have been issued an amber ‘danger to life’ warning from the Met Office as heavy downpours could cause flooding. 

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According to the Met Office, people living in southeast England – where forecasters are anticipating the hottest weather today – woke up to temperatures of 15C.

The mercury will hit 20C by 11am, with the rapid heating set to continue until the mid-afternoon.

By 3pm, temperatures will reach 24C and remain that high for another hour until 4pm.

Met Office maps show that while the heat will gradually subside in the evening, it may remain uncomfortable for many.

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Nighttime temperatures should remain comparatively high, up to 16C until 12am on Sunday, October 8.

People can expect a repeat of Saturday’s trend the following day, with maps showing the heat building beyond 24C after 3pm.

Forecasters have said the wall-to-wall sunshine could cause temperatures to exceed 25C, likely for the last time this year.

Met Office forecaster Stephen Dixon said some parts of the southeast could “possibly” reach 26C as the jet stream moves across the UK, allowing warm air to move in from the south.

He said: “In the South East over the weekend, we could be getting up to 25C, possibly touching 26 in some spots, and feeling relatively pleasant in that sunshine through the weekend in the south with some good spells of sunshine likely as well.”

The “unseasonably warm weather” will mean the UK is nearly as hot as Crete and Ibiza, where highs will reach between 27C and 28C this weekend.

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