Temperatures soar to 87F today as week-long heatwave arrives

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The UK is set to bask in temperatures peaking at 87F as a plume of heat makes its way to the country once more from the start of this week.

Following a dreary start to the month, the country will see a north-south divide as western Scotland continues to be drenched by torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow rainfall warning for western Scotland where as much as 50mm of rain could fall in hilly areas.  

However in stark contrast, bright and sunny spells are expected to make their return to the rest of the UK, with temperatures reaching 77F today before continuing to rise during the week.

The September warmth follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures hit 93F (34C) for six days running last month. 

The mini-heatwave also comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson brings in the so-called ‘rule of six’ from today in England meaning groups of more than half a dozen cannot meet socially, while lockdown will be imposed in the West Midlands from Tuesday.  

Yesterday hundreds of visitors descended upon Bournemouth beach to enjoy the warm and sunny weather.

A group of people enjoy the sun and sea air as they descend upon Bournemouth beach today for a game of volleyball

A group of people enjoy the sun and sea air as they descend upon Bournemouth beach today for a game of volleyball 

Hundreds of Britons flock to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the sunny weather as the UK sees temperatures continue to rise

Hundreds of Britons flock to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the sunny weather as the UK sees temperatures continue to rise

In Hyde Park, London, people paddle on boats at temperatures continue to rise across most parts of the country

In Hyde Park, London, people paddle on boats at temperatures continue to rise across most parts of the country

A group of people enjoy the September sunshine on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as mercury levels rise across the UK

A group of people enjoy the September sunshine on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as mercury levels rise across the UK

Revellers arrive to Bournemouth beach with their beach gear as temperatures in the UK rise to 77F following a wet start to the month

Revellers arrive to Bournemouth beach with their beach gear as temperatures in the UK rise to 77F following a wet start to the month

People walk along Bournemouth beach just a day before the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'rule of six' rule is brought in

People walk along Bournemouth beach just a day before the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘rule of six’ rule is brought in

A group of people sit on their chairs at the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as most of the country enjoys sunshine and dry weather

A group of people sit on their chairs at the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as most of the country enjoys sunshine and dry weather

The top temperatures expected on Tuesday could hit 31C (87F) and remain into Wednesday, but there is the possibility of some thunderstorms mixed in.  

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told MailOnline: ‘There’s a stark difference between western Scotland and the rest of the UK.

‘We’ve already see more than 50mm of rain in some parts of western Scotland overnight and a further 50mm is possible so there is a yellow rainfall warning for parts of north west Scotland. Also quite breezy so quite a windy day as well.  

‘The rain in the north will become a little lighter and patchier so less of an issue but still just lingering around in the far north west of Scotland.

‘[Today] things get even warmer. We still have a risk of rain unfortunately for north west Scotland and they will continue to see rain throughout the day however it will be a warm day across all parts of the country and we might even see temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

‘And then in the south east corner again, somewhere probably around the mid to the north of London, we will see temperatures peaking at 30C so a very warm and dry day, lots of sunshine and a light wind.

There will be a north-south divide as western Scotland continues sees torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather

There will be a north-south divide as western Scotland continues sees torrential downpours while the rest of the UK enjoys spells of sunshine and dry weather

People decide to go punting along the River Cam as mercury levels begin to rise across most of the UK once again

People decide to go punting along the River Cam as mercury levels begin to rise across most of the UK once again 

A man soaks in the sun from his beach hut on Bournemouth beach as mercury levels continue to rise for most parts of England

A man soaks in the sun from his beach hut on Bournemouth beach as mercury levels continue to rise for most parts of England

Sun-seekers lie on the rocks and absorb the sun rays at Barry Island, Wales, as the Autumn sunshine returns to the country

Sun-seekers lie on the rocks and absorb the sun rays at Barry Island, Wales, as the Autumn sunshine returns to the country

A group of people play with a frisbee at a beach on Barry Island in Wales and the country braces itself for warmer weather

A group of people play with a frisbee at a beach on Barry Island in Wales and the country braces itself for warmer weather 

A woman lounges on a deck chair outside her beach hut on Bournemouth beach today as hundreds arrive to the beach

A woman lounges on a deck chair outside her beach hut on Bournemouth beach today as hundreds arrive to the beach

Beachgoers play a game of beach tennis in Brighton as temperatures continue to rise across the south coast

Beachgoers play a game of beach tennis in Brighton as temperatures continue to rise across the south coast

Malcolm and Ann Davis soak up the autumn sunshine outside their beach hut on Bournemouth beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Malcolm and Ann Davis soak up the autumn sunshine outside their beach hut on Bournemouth beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Two people lie back on their beach towels and soak up the sunshine on Bournemouth beach as temperatures rise to 77F

Two people lie back on their beach towels and soak up the sunshine on Bournemouth beach as temperatures rise to 77F

Hundreds of Britons flock to Bournemouth beach as the country prepares for yet another mini-heatwave this week

Hundreds of Britons flock to Bournemouth beach as the country prepares for yet another mini-heatwave this week

A group of people sit down on the sunny beach at Barry Island in Wales to enjoy fish and chips and absorb the sun rays

A group of people sit down on the sunny beach at Barry Island in Wales to enjoy fish and chips and absorb the sun rays

People breath in the sea air while sitting on the beach on Barry Island, Wales, as the UK prepares for another heatwave

People breath in the sea air while sitting on the beach on Barry Island, Wales, as the UK prepares for another heatwave

People soak up the sun and enjoy the autumn weather as they gather on Primrose Hill in central London

People soak up the sun and enjoy the autumn weather as they gather on Primrose Hill in central London

As temperatures continue to soar, a group of people eat lunch on a bench along the promenade on the beach at Barry Island, Wales

As temperatures continue to soar, a group of people eat lunch on a bench along the promenade on the beach at Barry Island, Wales

People lie on the beach at Barry Island in Wales as forecasters predict bright and sunny weather for many in the southeast

People lie on the beach at Barry Island in Wales as forecasters predict bright and sunny weather for many in the southeast

Cyclists absorb the sun rays and breath in the sea air as they ride their bikes in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth

Cyclists absorb the sun rays and breath in the sea air as they ride their bikes in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth

People take a stroll across the beach

A cyclist enjoys the sunny weather in Bournemouth

As temperatures continued to rise, people took a stroll along the beach in Bournemouth (left) to enjoy the sunny weather. Elsewhere a cyclist was spotted riding along the promenade (right)

A group of people sit down on the sand at Bournemouth beach as the UK braces itself for another mini heatwave from next week

A group of people sit down on the sand at Bournemouth beach as the UK braces itself for another mini heatwave from next week

Hundreds of people arrive to Primrose Hill in London as the UK braces itself for a week of sunshine and dry weather

Hundreds of people arrive to Primrose Hill in London as the UK braces itself for a week of sunshine and dry weather

Britons flock to Bournemouth beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon as the country sees the beginning of yet another mini- heatwave

Britons flock to Bournemouth beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon as the country sees the beginning of yet another mini- heatwave

A group of people splash in the cool water on Bournemouth beach as mercury levels rise to 77F on Sunday

A group of people splash in the cool water on Bournemouth beach as mercury levels rise to 77F on Sunday

People gather on Primrose Hill in London to enjoy the sunshine as temperatures soar in the capital to a warm 77F

People gather on Primrose Hill in London to enjoy the sunshine as temperatures soar in the capital to a warm 77F

‘Another mild generally dry night follows Monday night into Tuesday, still that little bit of rain through the north west and then there’ll be a slight change on Tuesday.

‘It will probably be overall a warmer day for the whole of the UK however it’s going to be in a very select places because we will see more in the way of cloud pushing in across many western parts of the country on Tuesday.’

From today gatherings of more than six will be banned in the UK as the government tries to halt the spread of a second wave of coronavirus.  

Announcing the new restrictions, Mr Johnson said: ‘We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.

‘It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.’

Meanwhile Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: ‘Abiding by these rules is absolutely vital to protect life. We’ve seen the increase in the number of cases sadly in the last few days. We’ve seen that across Europe there’s a second wave that many countries have experienced.

A group of people relax outside their beach hut at Barry Island in Wales as a plume of heat makes its way to the country once more

A group of people relax outside their beach hut at Barry Island in Wales as a plume of heat makes its way to the country once more 

One sunbather lies on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as temperatures continue to rise across the country

One sunbather lies on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, as temperatures continue to rise across the country

A large group of people arrive to Bournemouth beach on Sunday as mercury levels begin to rise across the country

A large group of people arrive to Bournemouth beach on Sunday as mercury levels begin to rise across the country

A group of people sit down near the sea at Bournemouth beach today as temperature begin to rise across most of the UK

A group of people sit down near the sea at Bournemouth beach today as temperature begin to rise across most of the UK

Sunbathers enjoy the heat and warm air on Bournemouth beach as September braces itself for another mini-heatwave

Sunbathers enjoy the heat and warm air on Bournemouth beach as September braces itself for another mini-heatwave

A group of people set up their chairs on Bournemouth beach along the south coast today as temperatures continue to rise

A group of people set up their chairs on Bournemouth beach along the south coast today as temperatures continue to rise

Sunbathers set up their tent on the beach as the UK welcomes another burst of heat and sunshine following a wet start to the month

Sunbathers set up their tent on the beach as the UK welcomes another burst of heat and sunshine following a wet start to the month

‘Some of those countries have then got that second wave under control. If you look at what’s happened in Belgium they saw an increase and then they’ve brought it down, whereas in France and Spain that just hasn’t happened.

‘On the question of the Northern Ireland Protocol the Government has a number of international obligations and the primary amongst those in this context is about protecting the peace process.

‘In the case of coronavirus everybody understands how important it is that we together keep this under control, we can’t do it individually because of the nature of the disease.

‘So, yes, it is incredibly important that everybody follows these new rules and we’ll be bringing in strict enforcement.’ 

Sunbathers walk near Bournemouth beach today as most parts of England remain dry and sees spells of sunshine

Sunbathers walk near Bournemouth beach today as most parts of England remain dry and sees spells of sunshine

A group of people make their way onto the beach on the south coast as mercury levels push to 77F today across most parts of England

A group of people make their way onto the beach on the south coast as mercury levels push to 77F today across most parts of England

A group of people enjoy the sunny weather at Bournemouth beach as most of the country is hit by sunny spells and dry weather

A group of people enjoy the sunny weather at Bournemouth beach as most of the country is hit by sunny spells and dry weather

People enjoy the sun and sea air at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini-heatwave next week

People enjoy the sun and sea air at Bournemouth beach today as the UK braces itself for another mini-heatwave next week

Revellers descend onto the beach in Bournemouth today as the country prepares for another mini-heatwave from Monday

Revellers descend onto the beach in Bournemouth today as the country prepares for another mini-heatwave from Monday

People begin to make their way onto the beach today as bright and sunny spells make their return to most parts of the UK

People begin to make their way onto the beach today as bright and sunny spells make their return to most parts of the UK

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