Last weekend of summer? Temperatures to hit 82F... but then it's back to work with showers and colder weather from Monday

  • Highs in Britain on Saturday will be 27c (81f) and 28c (82f) on Sunday
  • But temperatures will fall back to normal September levels by Monday
  • London and southern parts expected to enjoy best weather this weekend

By Mark Duell

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If you were hoping for a sun-kissed last weekend before heading back to work, then you’re in luck.

Britain will be basking in temperatures of up to 27c (81f) on Saturday and 28c (82f) on Sunday - in what is expected to be the last weekend of a summer which some would say has never even arrived.

Conditions will turn almost immediately on Monday when many Britons return to the office, as temperatures plunge back to the high teens, accompanied by showers and breezes.

Packed: Sunseekers enjoy the heat on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset as the UK basks outside today

Packed: Sunseekers enjoy the heat on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset as the UK basks outside today

Melting quickly: Nicola Rocco, 27, juggles ice creams for her friends on the beach in Bournemouth today
Rj (3) and Mica (4) Kidd keep cool in their paddling pool on Bournemouth beach today

Melting quickly: Nicola Rocco, 27, juggles ice creams for her friends on the beach in Bournemouth today (left); while Rj, three, and Mica Kidd, four, keep cool in their paddling pool (right)

Relaxing: Thousands flocked to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather

Relaxing: Thousands flocked to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather

This weekend will follow a warm and dry week for most parts, which will continue today with sunny periods lasting longest across East Anglia, southern parts of the Midlands and southern counties.

Children back at school were unable to enjoy the warm weather today, but that didn't stop thousands of people heading to the beach.

'We’ve had such a wet summer and I was not going to miss the opportunity to get on the beach when the sun finally showed. I feel sorry for my son Jack, and my husband whose at work, but Martha and I are having a wonderful time together'

Louise Smith on Bournemouth beach

Louise Smith, 29, from Wimborne, Dorset, was on the beach in Bournemouth with her daughter Martha, three, but said her son had returned to the classroom this week, so he was missing out.

She said: ‘We’ve had such a wet summer and I was not going to miss the opportunity to get on the beach when the sun finally showed.

’I feel sorry for my son Jack, and my husband who's at work, but Martha and I are having a wonderful time together.

‘The water is perfectly clear and surprisingly warm and we are having a brilliant time. It’s just a shame it wasn’t like this during the holidays.’

Sunseekers today gathered on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, while many walked along the promenade and Victorian pier. Ice cream vendors meanwhile enjoyed a super seasonal finale.

Girl's best friend: As temperatures continue to soar ahead of this weekend's forecast heatwave, Freya Kirkpatrick, four, cools off with her springer spaniel Monty by Monsal Weir near Bakewell in Derbyshire

Girl's best friend: As temperatures continue to soar ahead of this weekend's forecast heatwave, Freya Kirkpatrick, four, cools off with her springer spaniel Monty by Monsal Weir near Bakewell in Derbyshire

Soaking it up: Pesala Bandara, 24, enjoys the good weather today in Canon Hill Park, Birmingham

Soaking it up: Pesala Bandara, 24, enjoys the good weather today in Canon Hill Park, Birmingham

Ice cream salesman Phil Baker said: ‘It’s been really busy today considering the schools have gone back.

‘There have been lots of mums with very young children and quite a lot of pensioners are out and about. Because the sun is shining they’ve all been buying ice creams.

‘But it won’t make up for the poor trade through the summer. There were days when I didn’t sell a single ice cream, but hopefully this weekend will be busy.’

 

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said the upcoming warm weekend is ‘a bit of a bonus for mid-September’.

He told MailOnline: ‘It’s well above average for this time of year. The best of the weather this weekend is going to be in the southern half of the UK on Saturday, but many eastern areas will also do OK.

‘Any rain will be probably confined to north-west Scotland, with temperatures quite widely in the twenties from the Aberdeenshire area all the way down to London.’

Parklife: (Left-to-right): Dottie, 16, Beth, 17, Georgia, 17, Grace, 17, and Becky, 16, enjoy the last of the summer sun on College Green in the centre of Bristol today

Parklife: (Left-to-right): Dottie, 16, Beth, 17, Georgia, 17, Grace, 17, and Becky, 16, enjoy the last of the summer sun on College Green in the centre of Bristol today

Splashing about: Elliott, six, and his brother, Toby, three, cool off today in a water fountain in Bristol

Splashing about: Elliott, six, and his brother, Toby, three, cool off today in a water fountain in Bristol

However the warm temperatures over the weekend will be accompanied by single-figure lows overnight in some areas, and a fast turnaround into more normal September weather by next week.

Mr Keates added: ‘I think by Monday into Tuesday, we're back to what we're more used to in September - much cooler, showers and quite breezy - but in itself, nothing unusual.

‘There are no signs over the next few weeks of anything exceptionally warm developing again. We're back to a changeable situation, with temperatures in the high teens, maybe into the twenties.

‘By Monday there will be more persistent rain in north Scotland and next week it will be quite a lot more unsettled - something for everyone.’

A man reads a book on College Green in the centre of Bristol
Jon Jarvis, 4, from Bristol cools off in a water fountain in Millennium Square in the centre of Bristol

Making the most of it: A man reads a book on College Green in Bristol (left) today, while Jon Jarvis, four, cools off in a water fountain in the city's Millennium Square

Posed up: Under cloudless clear blue skies, the sun beats down on visitors to the Angel of the North in Gateshead today, where they were enjoying the extended summer weather which is to last over the weekend

Posed up: Under cloudless clear blue skies, the sun beats down on visitors to the Angel of the North in Gateshead today, where they were enjoying the extended summer weather which is to last over the weekend

Hot and cold: The south of England will experience the best weather this weekend, although northern parts should also do well on Saturday - while much of the country will experience showers by Monday

Hot and cold: The south of England will experience the best weather this weekend, although northern parts should also do well on Saturday - while much of the country will experience showers by Monday

The warm weather is expected to spread across all of Britain on Saturday, with the exception of north-west Scotland, but by Sunday it will be more confined to central and eastern parts.

'It’s well above average for this time of year. The best of the weather this weekend is going to be in the southern half of the UK on Saturday, but many eastern areas will also do OK'

Steven Keates, Met Office

Mr Keates told MailOnline: ‘It could well feel a little more humid by Sunday and it does bring the risk of the odd shower in south-west England. At the moment most places will probably stay dry on Sunday.’

Tonight the weather is expected to stay generally cloudy across north-west England and western Scotland, with further patchy light rain expected.

It will be predominantly dry across the rest of the UK with clear periods, although mist and fog will develop quite widely as the night progresses and it will feel chilly in southern areas.

ICE CREAM DEMAND FALLS AS CONSUMERS SWITCH TO FROZEN YOGHURT

On the up: Ice cream prices have soared by more than 25 per cent over the past five years

On the up: Ice cream prices have soared by more than 25 per cent over the past five years

The demand for ice cream is slowly melting away as consumers are put off by high prices and switching to the more healthy option of frozen yoghurt, which is enjoying soaring sales.

Analysts say Britons will eat 27million fewer litres of ice cream this year than in 2007, down 7 per cent, and spiralling prices mean the slide will continue over the next five years by another 7 per cent.

Retail experts Mintel suggest total annual ice cream consumption will fall from 374million litres to 324million in the decade from 2007, meaning we will eat at least 500million fewer scoops a year.

Mintel also reported that ice cream prices have soared by more than 25 per cent over the past five years as the prices of sugar and other raw materials have risen. Higher manufacturing and transport costs have also had an impact, despite heavy advertising and promotion.

Amy Price, Mintel’s senior food analyst, said: ‘Almost a fifth of consumers are cutting back because of financial or health reasons. Together with the pressure on consumer incomes, this has gone some way to dampening demand.’


 

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When they say Britain they mean London . They do not include Wales, Scotland and Ireland in this. To the DM Britain is a very small percentage of UK. So should it not read London and South East will be basking in 82 f whilst the rest of Britain remain at lower temperatures.(can't fill that bit in cos I don't think they even bother to tell us do they)

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The low number of reader comments, 24 hours after this 'story' was published, show just how fed up readers are becoming of these almost daily reports of so called weather extremes by the DM. Can I remind the Author, Mark, that last year saw these temperatures in October, and so calling an end to summer in early September is a brave call indeed, or perhaps he has been bought a crystal ball?. Either way, lets hope that Summer isn't over after this weekend, because it may mean that the DM journalists will have to report some real news, rather than just repeating, verbatim, whatever is showing on the met office website.

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Weather forecasts owe much more to entertainment than science. Stick to playing with your tax funded computer, Met Office. We'll stick with the seaweed and bunions...far more accurate

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Loving this weather, had a 10 mile walk near Oxford yesterday by the Thames, was just beautiful. Although its amazing how quickly the evenings cool down at this time of the year. At 6pm the temperature was 75 and by 7.30pm it was down to 64.

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Going to Florida soon do they sell winter cloths there? need to prepare for my return.

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Er, where did your reporter get the idea that ice cream sales have fallen in the UK? Ice cream and froghurt sales are up while sorbet sales are down. The total sales to date for the three products are £1.1bn with ice cream accounting for >£1bn and demonstrate a healthy rise in sales value. It is true that froghurt sales are on a high upward swing but at £6m it is not making a dent in the sales of ice cream. The trend towards single households with small freezer compartments puts downward pressure on volume but my wife's penchant for vanilla and Strawberry Carte D'or plus Tesco's mint choc chip easily offsets that pressure. btw Norway spends the most per head on ice cream and the Scandinavian countries in general are well up there. But that could all be down to Samantha's mate......

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Do they mean today and tomorrow??! I'm sitting here freezing and the temp gauge says 14 degrees c!

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Lucky people living south of the border. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Usual dark grey clouds up here with the odd shower thrown in for good measure. Great exercice for the arms because we are constantly opening and closing our umbrellas.

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I remember Farenheit! It was in the days before we let the EU take over. So I have not been brainwashed like some people posting here.- Teva, Westleigh, 8/9/2012 8:16....................... Can anybody please explain in rational terms what the EU has to do with a measurement of temperature?

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It isn't actually mid September. It is the 8th of September, which makes it early September. I really don't think you can call it mid September till you get to about 13th September and even that would be pushing it!

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