UK weather forecast: Sizzling 31C heatwave will send temperatures soaring just as Covid clampdown begins

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BRITAIN is set to sizzle in a 31C heatwave – as the latest Covid clampdown begins.

Temperatures began rising yesterday and will continue to soar before peaking on Monday.

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The scorching news was delivered by the Met Office just hours after groups of six or more were banned from Monday onwards.

Under strict new coronavirus rules, larger social gatherings indoors and outdoors will be illegal in a bid to beat the spread of infection.

Those who flout it will face a £100 fine, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

Despite the new rules, Brits will be able to bask in the sunny weather as next week rolls in.

Mercury is set to reach over 30C on Monday as warm air moves into Britain from Europe.

Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “It’s typical.

“After a wet and windy end to August, which saw two named storms, this weather is very welcome.

“Warm air is arriving from the Continent.

“We’re already seeing temperatures increase, particularly across London and the south east.

“We’ll really start to notice it on Sunday with 25C on the cards, before 31C on Monday and again Tuesday.”

The September average is a cool 18C.

The heatwave will ease off midweek with cooler air arriving from the Atlantic.

But the sun will return days later, according to the Met Office.

Their long-range forecast suggests settled conditions for the rest of the month.

The South could even see “warm or very warm temperature” at times.

The “prolonged warm spell” will come to an end by the end of the month.

It comes after a barmy August which saw a heatwave, two named storms and widespread flooding.

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