Millions of Britons are set to flood the roads this Bank Holiday weekend amid a sweltering 86F (30C) heatwave with thunderstorms crashing in from Europe across the South of England.
Meteorologists at the Met Office say areas in the South East could be double the usual temperature for this time of year, with the mercury hitting near-record levels on Bank Holiday Monday.
Britons basking in the warmer temperatures have been warned to plan ahead as Network Rail upgrade plans will see 400 sets of works taking place across the country over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.
Brits have already been enjoying the pleasant weather at Weymouth in Dorset yesterday, with warmer conditions to come
Roads are set to be packed with Brits heading off to the beach or away on weekend breaks (Pictured: Weymouth yesterday)
Londoners took advantage of the warmer temperatures to take boat trips along the Serpentine in Hyde Park yesterday
A man walked along the beach as the sun set behind the Burbo Bank wind farm near New Brighton in Merseyside yesterday
Others were pictured sunbathing in Hyde Park yesterday where Londoners basked in 73F (23C) heat
No trains will be calling at Swindon station between Saturday and Monday, and buses will replace trains between Lancaster and Glasgow and Edinburgh.
There will also be no trains between Romford and Upminster over the weekend, or between Barking and Liverpool Street, meaning the roads on certain routes will be far busier than usual as Britons rush off on weekend breaks.
Areas across Britain have already been enjoying the warmer weather, with Porthmadog in Gwynedd experiencing the hottest UK temperatures today, basking in 77F (25C) heat – warmer than some spots in the Mediterranean.
A Met Office spokesman said: ‘The average temperature for this time of year is 15C (59F). Currently, temperatures are averaging 20C (68F) and are only going to get warmer this weekend.
Rail improvement works from May 26-28
Engineering work at Birmingham New Street all day on Saturday and until 10am on Sunday, meaning there will be no trains between Birmingham New Street and Coventry. Trains between Birmingham and Leicester, Nottingham, and Sheffield/Newcastle and beyond will be diverted and take up to an hour longer than usual.
There will be no trains calling at Swindon station from Saturday to Monday.
Rail replacement buses will run between Lancaster and Glasgow and Edinburgh on Saturday and Sunday.
‘The maximum temperature ever for the end of May bank holiday is 32.8C (91F), which came in Horsham, Sussex, on May 29, 1944.’
They added the record was not likely to be beaten this weekend.
On Saturday, temperatures in the south will be in the mid 20s, with London expecting to be around 77F (25C), while across the rest of the country it’ll be slightly cooler, in the low 70s F (low 20s C).
With wind coming from the North East, Scotland is set to sit around the 18 degree mark at the start of the weekend.
In Birmingham the heat will build from 64F (18C) on Friday to 79F (26C) on Bank Holiday Monday, while in Newcastle they will start around 57F (14C), rising to 68F (20C).
There is a risk of thunderstorms in the build up to Bank Holiday Monday, with the south east and south west most likely to be hit.
The effect would be lower temperatures later on over the weekend.
Although May has seen above-average temperatures, early predictions suggest more unsettled weather is on the way and the mercury will drop to expected levels throughout the month.
Some people made the most of the warm weather to jog outdoors in London’s Hyde Park yesterday
The sun sets behind the wind farm near New Brighton in Merseyside yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 73F (23C)
Londoners used the warmer than usual weather to sit outside on deckchairs at Hyde Park yesterday
These two pooches enjoyed a soak in the sea as they played with their owner on Weymouth beach in Dorset yesterday
These two men in suits enjoyed the warm weather at Green Park in London yesterday, with one of them appearing to doze off