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Britons have started the week on a miserable note as downpours of rain lashed the nation today. But there is a change in the air as high pressure is preparing to push sizzling highs of nearly 30C into the UK later this week. The latest maximum temperature maps from Netweather show Britain turning red hot from Wednesday, July 14, as northeastern regions including Newcastle and York see highs of 23C.

Temperatures could turn even hotter towards the end of the week, as London and Kent are hit with highs of 24C on Friday, while Bristol and Liverpool bake in 25C.

By Sunday, the maps show sweltering highs of 28C gripping London, while some of the south coast roasts at 27C.

Further north, Doncaster could also see 27C on the same day as Manchester and Durham bake at 25C.

Tony Zartman, a meteorologist at AccuWeather, predicted the hot weather in July to come from high pressure developing around the Azores.

He told Express.co.uk: “As we head toward the second half of July, there is opportunity for drier and warm to hot conditions to develop, especially over the south.

“High pressure will build northeast from the Azores and could reach into the southern UK during the second part of the month.

“This will likely result in drier conditions and above-normal temperatures.

“As far as how hot will it get, there is still uncertainty this far out.

“However, temperatures across southern England could certainly approach 27C.

“If the high ends up being stronger and extends farther north into the UK, then it could be even warmer across southern areas.”

Brian Gaze, a forecaster at the Weather Outlook, agreed that the UK is expected to become “increasingly warm” this week as hot air from the Azores sweeps in.

He said: “Much of the UK has showers or longer spells of rain today and it will be quite cool for mid-July.

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“However, a change is on the way in the coming days as high pressure builds northeastwards from the Azores.

“The second half of the week is looking settled and increasingly warm.

“Wednesday should be dry in much of the UK, but there is a risk of rain in the northwest. Quite warm generally.

“Through Thursday there could be isolated showers, but it will be mostly dry with sunny periods. Warm.

“During the rest of the week, it remains settled in most areas as high pressure becomes dominant.

“There is a chance of things becoming more mixed in the northwest, especially later on.

“Temperatures continue to rise and it becomes very warm.”

BBC Weather’s long-range forecast between Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 18, added this week should start on a cooler and wetter note, but turn hotter from the middle of the week.

The forecast said: “At the start of the week, a slightly stronger low will bring a threat of heavy downpours to the southern half of the country.

“With this low will come some cooler Atlantic air, so for a few days at least temperatures will be a bit below average.

“However, high pressure is likely to build in from the southwest by midweek and into the weekend.

“This will bring increasingly dry, warm, and sunny days. Temperatures trending a bit above average to close out the week.”

The Met Office’s July forecast added high pressure could sweep warmer conditions over the UK over the coming days, although there may be some interruptions of rain.

The forecast between Friday, July 16, and Sunday, July 25, said: “By the start of this period there is high confidence that there will have been a marked change to much more settled and warm weather, as an area of high pressure becomes slow-moving across much of the UK and Ireland.

“This should bring in a lot of fine and dry weather meaning long sunny spells, variable cloud and mainly light winds should become the general trend for most. Temperatures also likely to be above normal for most, and possibly becoming hot at times for parts of the south.

“The occasional wetter spell cannot be ruled out, however, with an increasing likelihood of showers developing for southern areas. These showers also have the potential to turn thundery.”

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