BRITS will bask under clear sunny skies on the last day of summer – but storms and heavy showers are right around the corner.
Autumn is set for a damp start as thunderstorms will wash over the UK from the end of the week.
Sunbathers should look to catch the last of the summer rays over the next few days, with temperatures expected to hit 23C in parts of London and the south east.
While most of the UK is forecast for clear skies, brief showers could fall in parts of northern and eastern England on Wednesday and Thursday.
But a weather-front sweeping in from the Atlantic will bring a band of rain from then onwards, with wind and rain expected time for the weekend.
Although temperatures should stay in the high teens, Brits could be in for a miserable start to Autumn – including potential thunderstorms.
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Wednesday – the last day of meteorological summer – will be marked with cool, sunny conditions to end the scorching summer heatwave Brits enjoyed this year.
Scotland will head into the weekend with highs of 20C in Glasgow, falling to the mid-teens over the coming days as rainfall will put a dampener on hopes of a weekend BBQ.
The mercury could top 23C in Cardiff tomorrow, but Wales will be washed out as showers are expected to hit in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The Met Office is predicting a lengthy period of wet and windy weather to bring some much needed rainfall after the driest summer in 40 years.
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Looking forward, a long range forecast for September 4 – 13 from the Met Office said: "The start of this period is expected to bring areas of thick cloud and heavy or thundery periods of rain or showers to many places.
"Any periods of rain could be longer spells than recently experienced. Strong winds are also likely in places, perhaps with a risk of gales too.
"Temperatures are expected to be around average but could be variable, especially under longer spells of rain where it may be cooler, or in any sunshine which will feel warmer.
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"Towards the end of the period, the rainfall is likely to die out, leading to many areas becoming a little drier, although there may still be a chance of showers for many places.
"Temperatures will probably be around average."
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