Soaring 27C five-day heatwave and pollen blast to sweep Britain this week

A glorious five-day heatwave sizzling at 27C is primed to melt Britain this week, bringing a pollen 'blast' with it.

The UK is set to be hit with some spankingly hot weather as the summer finally makes another appearance after going AWOL halfway through June despite teasing everyone with two weeks of sunshine.

You have to go all the way back to June 14 to find the hottest day of the year so far when temperatures hit 28.6C and sunseekers flooded the country's parks and beaches.

Since mid-June, the weather has been very hit-and-miss with muggy temperatures and storms becoming the common feature across the UK.

However, from Wednesday more and more people should start to see sunshine with clear skies dominating the forecast.

As the weekend approaches the mercury will really begin to charge up and soar with highs of 27C on Sunday.

While Wednesday and Thursday will be warm and bright, it will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday that will see people firing up the barbecues and piling back into the nation's beer gardens.

On Friday much of England will be above 23C, with London and the south-east of the country hitting 25C.

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The Met Office predicts that Saturday temperatures could reach 26C, with the south, south-west, and the midlands witnessing the very best of the sunshine.

And by Sunday most of England, Wales and the south of Scotland will bask in temperatures above 23C, with London peaking at 27C.

High pollen levels could however scupper many people's plans over the next five days.

While the mercury rises so to will the pollen count, with the Met Office signalling that Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be very-high.

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Strangely it was only on Monday that parts of the country were hit by a month's worth of rainfall in just 24 hours.

Flash flooding in the south and parts of London caused havoc with fire crews called out to assist the public.

Video and photos of rivers flowing through residential streets in London were also shared on social media.

Thankfully things are looking much more positive from Wednesday with warm weather sweeping into the rescue.

In a tweet, the Met Office wrote: "Wednesday morning will start on a rather cloudy note across parts of the east as well as near some coasts in the southwest.

"There'll be a lot of warm #sunshine around on Wednesday."

And on its website the Met Office advised Thursday to Saturday's forecast, writing: "Mostly dry with plenty of sunshine for most. Although often cloudier in the far northwest with perhaps some rain at times. Very warm inland, but cooler along some coasts."

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