Brits are potentially facing a scorching heatwave next week with temperatures set to soar above the yearly May average, according to the Met Office.

The national weather agency made the prediction in their long range forecast spanning from Sunday (May 8) to Tuesday (May 17).

Although they said that some "scattered showers" and rare "heavier rain" may plague northern parts of the UK towards the start of that period, the outlook beyond that looks promising.

The Met Office explained: "The settled weather will continue, widespread through the second half of the period, with any rain confined to western and northern areas.

"Temperatures are likely to rise above average through the first few days, except nearer to the coast and perhaps in the far north, which may see slightly cooler conditions and it is expected to become warm, perhaps very warm, later by the weekend."

Unfortunately, the "very warm" temperatures probably won't last into the second half of May.

The Met Office's forecast spanning from May 18 to June 1 warns that "unsettled conditions" will see a return of "spells of rain" for most of the country.

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In the South "temperatures will continue to be above average", but in the North "a return to nearer normal temperatures is possible later in the month".

According to Current Results, the average peaking day temperature in London for May is 18C.

According to WeatherTAB, temperatures throughout next week should stay around 2C or 3C above that, peaking on May 11 at 21C or 22C.

Forecasters have also said that we should experience some warm conditions this week, before things worsen heading into the weekend.

Jim Dale, the meteorologist for British Weather Services, told the Daily Express: "It is going to be pleasantly warm in the south for most of this week as the nose of an Azores high comes in and sits over the country keeping frontal systems away.

"Temperatures could hit 20C or 21C across southern parts of the country thanks to this sub-tropical airmass.

"Towards the end of the week, high pressure will weaken allowing frontal systems to come in bringing more unsettled conditions."

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