London weather forecast for Bank Holiday: Capital as hot as Istanbul for Carnival weekend

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London is expected to bask in glorious sunshine as warmer weather brings temperatures as high as 27C to the capital this Bank Holiday weekend.

Revellers at Notting Hill Carnival may enjoy August’s hottest days as a warm front puts the South East on a par with Istanbul.

According to the Met Office, the mercury could hit 27C on Saturday, which would make it the warmest day this month.

On Sunday and Monday conditions are set to be “fine and dry” with temperatures of up to 26C. In Turkey’s largest city on Saturday, 26C is also forecast.

Carnival: Revellers will fill the streets of Notting Hill on Sunday and Monday (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “Broadly speaking, it is going to be a good Bank Holiday weekend.”

He said the capital would enjoy “mild” conditions with little in the way of showers and London enjoying the best of the UK’s weather.

“On Saturday it could get up to 27C,” he said. “26C is more likely but possibly 27C. So it’ll be pretty mild, fine and dry overnight. Into Sunday a similar start, a fine dry day.”

He added the balmier conditions were expected to continue into Monday.

About two million people are expected to head to Notting Hill Carnival over the three-day weekend.

Europe’s biggest street festival opens on Saturday evening with the Panorama steel pan orchestra competition.

Parades through Notting Hill start on Sunday with family day and conclude on Monday.

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