AN INDIAN Summer is still on the cards for Britain with "above average" temperatures expected later this month.
The balmy weather will follow highs of 22C sunshine this week, with another warm and dry weekend ahead.
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According to forecasters, the south will see the best of the heat later this month with the Met Office declaring "above average" temperatures from September 15.
Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, told the Sun Online: "The rest of this week is looking mixed with the driest weather in the south.
"By Sunday it should be warming up in southern counties and that trend continues next week.
"Temperatures during the first half of next week could reach the mid 20Cs and even in the northern half of the UK it may be pleasantly warm for a time. Indian summer like weather!"
Until then, the mercury is set to hit highs of 21C in London today, with temperatures reaching up to 20C in the rest of the country.
It will be a wet one for the north west of England, where the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain on Wednesday.
It means floods could hit buildings and roads in the area, slowing down journey times and affecting train services.
Fortunately the damp conditions are set to settle into the weekend, with dry and sunny spells ready to re-heat Britain.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon, told the Sun Online: "There will be pockets of pleasant weather in the week, with warm and drier weather expected on the weekend.
"Although there is a rain warning covering one area, there will be plenty of dry conditions around and any sunshine will certainly feel warm."
But some forecasters cast doubt on the chance of an extended warm spell this month.
Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending, told The Sun Online:"September’s looking mixed.
"There are no clear indications of any particularly warm weather yet, but with plenty of heat resident further south across Europe, it wouldn’t take much for us to receive a late burst of high temperatures from across the Channel.
"Some fine, crisp autumn days are likely, but before mid-month there are signs of a particularly wet and windy spell arriving.
"Talk of an Indian Summer will have to wait a while!
It comes as Ladbrokes slashes odds on the hottest September ever this month.
The bookies have already cut odds for a scorching September from 5/2 to just 6/4 as temperatures rise.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking more and more likely Brits will be treated to record-breaking September sunshine."
The current odds on September 2020 being the hottest on record are 6/4.
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