Scorching 12 day heatwave to bake Britain with temperatures hitting 27C

A 700-mile wide Atlantic “hot air blob” is set to kick off 12 days of ­glorious sun from Monday.

Britain will enjoy 27C into the bank holiday weekend – as the best weather is saved for the end of the school holidays.

The scorching spell will rescue summer and cheer millions after four weeks of washouts.

And the country will be hotter than the Mediterranean, beating 24C Genoa in Italy.

A beach rush will be triggered as the Met Office forecast a long run of sunny spells for most.

Balmy 27C highs – 5C above average – are due by midweek in the north west.

The south is due around 24C daily through the week and for the weekend, with 25C peaks, while the north is due an above-average 22C over the holiday weekend.

The Met Office also forecasts a sunny final week of the school holidays next week.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s a major change after wet weather. There should be a good deal of sunshine.”

John Hammond of weathertrending said: “It will be late summer at its best, with a sunnier finale to a dull August

“The mid-20s is possible by midweek, with the fine weather holding on for the bank holiday weekend and for a few more days into September for most.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “From Monday will be mainly fine and dry, with rather warm temperatures in the west initially and more widely later in the last week of August and into September.

“There will be increasing amounts of sunshine, with high pressure ­likely to dominate, with settled conditions.”

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