BRITAIN is on track for the hottest summer ever with the mercury hitting sizzling highs of 30C (86F) in June.
And forecasters say the UK is likely to enjoy "above average temperatures" over the next three months.
But the bright outlook will follow a soggy bank holiday weekend, with showers expected to batter the country on Thursday.
The Met Office said hotter-than-usual UK average temperatures are verging on 50 per cent probability over three months to the start of August.
Much-cooler-than-normal conditions are just a five per cent chance.
Last summer was Britain’s hottest since records began in 1910, with 25 days over 30C.
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Highs of 30C next month amid tropical air were forecast by ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending and The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze.
Forecasts will be a boost for events including Glastonbury and Wimbledon.
'WARMER THAN AVERAGE'
The Met Office three-month forecast said: “For May-July, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.
“The probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 45-50 per cent. The coldest of our five categories is five per cent.
“Long-range prediction systems show a consistent increase in the likelihood of high pressure, associated with warmer-than-average conditions.”
The probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 45-50 per cent
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said:“Blocking areas of high pressure suggest echoes of last year's record summer, with 30C highs likely in June.”
Weathertrending forecaster John Hammond added:“30C heat is quite possible from brief influxes of tropical air into June.”
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said showers are likely over the bank holiday weekend.
He said: “The Bank Holiday weekend won't be a washout although most places will be at risk of showers at times, with the South having the greatest chance of being drier by Monday.
“But there will be sunny spells around 19C or 20C, which will feel warm.
“Temperatures will warm up into June, with settled spells mixed in with unsettled spells. We had the mid-20s last week and it's likely settled conditions will feel warm at times in June.”
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