Britain looks set for another Indian summer as the south basks in sunshine – but it’s a different story in the north.
As we officially enter autumn this week and the mercury looks set to soar to a high of 26 degrees in the south east, much higher than the average for this time of year of around 20.
Forecasters say it will be a settled week of sunshine as children enjoy the final days of their summer holidays, waving goodbye to the heavy rain and thunder yesterday, when 22,000 bolts struck in and around the UK.
Glorious sunshine at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland this Bank Holiday Monday, as Britain looks set to bask in sunshine for the rest of the week
The usually calm River Windrush, which is six to 10 inches deep, is invaded by two teams of players from Bourton Rovers Football Club battling it out for victory in the annual Football in the River match
Thousands of spectators line the seafront and beach to watch the North Sea Tall Ships Parade of Sail in Blyth earlier today
People head to the beach at Whitmore Bay, Barry, South Wales, in their droves as the mercury soars for one of the final days of summer today
It has been such a warm summer that gardeners at Cambridge University have been able to grow a banana tree, pictured in flower, here in Britain
The sun rises over Farne Islands in Northumberland, as Britons can look forward to barbecue weather for the Bank Holiday
However, the temperatures will be considerably lower in north, with gale force winds of up to 35mph expected to hit northern Scotland on Wednesday.
Chris Page, forecaster for the Met Office, said: ‘Throughout the week there are two parts to the story. There is an area of high pressure in charge that will bring warm and sunny weather to the south. But there is a split between the south east and the north west, where it will be much cooler and breezier.’
The weather looks good for people at the Notting Hill Carnival today in London, where revellers could enjoy a high of around 24 degrees late this afternoon.
The best weather of the week will come tomorrow, when it could reach 26 degrees in the south east.
But in the north west, cloud and rain will creep in and there will be downpours, set to spread further into the country on Wednesday, when strong winds will batter exposed areas of the Scottish coast.
It should reach around 24 degrees, with more fine and sunny spells to be enjoyed on Wednesday, and it will stay in the low twenties for the rest of the week.
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, where temperatures will be significantly lower than in the south east this week
The sun rises over the River Trent at Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire, as forecasters expect a week of settled weather and sunshine
The good weather comes after an unusual weekend, where downpours soaked people at Leeds Festival (pictured, going home at Leeds station) and turned fields into swamps
People making their way back from Leeds today were covered in mud as they finally went home from the festival
Those leaving Reading, which had enjoyed largely good weather during the festival, looked a lot more pristine as they left
After days camped in a field, those who waited for trains at Leeds station brought a fair amount of mud in on their wellies
It was all a little much for some festival-goers, who used the time waiting for the train to get some much-needed sleep
There was barely a mark on the festival-goers waiting outside Reading Station hoping to get home today (pictured)
Despite the great weather, there are signs that Autumn is upon us, with leaves turning brown and falling in London
However, Mr Page said it may be a little more unsettled at the weekend, but the forecast is less reliable and could change before then.
It has already been such a warm summer that experts have recorded soaring numbers of complaints about creepy-crawlies due to warm weather.
Reports of ants increased by 73 per cent, wasps by 39 per cent, and flies by 30 per cent from May to July compared with the same period last year, said pest controllers Rentokil.
Mild winter conditions have allowed more fly pupae to survive and hatch as soon as warmer weather set in, according to David Cross, who heads their training academy.
Flies laid eggs in batches of 30 to 500, each of which had the potential to develop into a pupa and finally an adult.
Similarly, more ants had managed to remain alive in their nests over the winter period to emerge in greater numbers as temperatures rose.
The unusually warm summer has also allowed gardeners at Cambridge University to grow a banana plant, usually found in the warmer climes of Africa and central and south America.
The Met Office predicts a warm day with some isolated rain in the east and cloud building over the north west later on
BBC Weather makes a positive prediction today, simply saying things are ‘Looking good’ on a tweet this morning (pictured)
Head gardener Sergio Ballarin spotted the flowers on one of the college’s three banana plants just weeks after joining the university.
While the recent heat wave has seen temperatures soar across the Cambridgeshire region, with parts getting as hot as Hawaii, Sergio believes there’s a good reason for the plant growing at Christ’s college.
He said: “Because it’s a walled college in the town, it has its own microclimate, and it is always a couple of degrees warmer in the college grounds than those on the outer edges of Cambridge.”