Scorching temperatures of 30c are forecast on Merseyside this week as an African heatwave sweeps the country.
The Met Office has predicted Liverpool will bask in 25c to 30c heat on Monday and Tuesday – following a wet weekend in the city.
On its website the forecaster said Monday will feel warm and “increasingly humid especially in the sunshine”.
Meanwhile on Tuesday it will get even hotter with the mercury expected to rise to 30C by 3pm.
The Met Office said the hot weather is being caused by a 400-mile-wide African plume of hot air which is making temperatures soar.
Today on Merseyside it will be a little overcast from around 1pm until 4pm, however the skies are expected to brighten up at around 5pm and temperatures are warm at 22C.
Moving into the evening the forecast is set to turn wet, with rain to fall from 9pm right up until the early hours of the morning.
However as Monday progresses the weather is set to improve and from 7am the mercury will be 20c, rising to 25C in the afternoon.
And the temperature will remain warm overnight as Tuesday is forecast to be one of the hottest days this year rising from 23C in the morning to a sweltering 30C in the afternoon.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “On Tuesday, any early low cloud or mist will clear to leave a mainly sunny day.
“It will become very warm or hot as well.
“A warm night will follow on Tuesday night albeit with the risk of a few thundery downpours in places.
“Wednesday and Thursday are also likely to be very warm with periods of sunshine.
“However, there will continue to be the risk of a few thundery showers.”
The hot weather comes after the Met Office rubbished claims of a ‘heat dome’ that will cast Britain into a three-month heatwave .
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The ‘heat dome’ isn’t a meteorological term, for context it is talking about an area of high pressure – but it is quite an inept way of defining.
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“The three-month seasonal outlook isn’t meant to be for the public, it is used to determine whether it will be dry or cooler and is mostly there to inform construction companies and health services.”
The spokesperson explained that just because temperatures are expected to be higher than average this summer, this doesn’t mean that there’s going to be a heatwave.
The spokesman added: “It could be warmer than average, but that average may be just half a degree above the usual.”
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