UK weather forecast: London temperatures set to rise to 24C after drizzly and miserable start to the week

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Temperatures in London are set to heat up over the next few days after a week of patchy weather and a drizzly Monday morning.

Londoners awoke to a murky start on Monday after days of changeable weather which saw a mix of sunshine, rain and thunder.

Hopes had been raised that today could become the hottest day in August so far after forecasters said  the remnants of Hurricane Gert would sweep in more tropical and humid conditions.

But optimism was quickly dashed on Monday when commuters headed to work with rain macs and umbrellas.

According to the Met Office, temperatures are set to rise to highs of 24C on Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to a ridge bringing hot air to the south.

Londoners woke to a drizzly start on Monday. (AFP/Getty Images)

Although the south west of England is set to enjoy the best of the UK’s temperatures over the next few days, London will also benefit from the warmer air before temperatures drop to the low 20s later in the week, meteorologists said.

Oli Claydon from the Met Office told the Standard: “It’s been a dreary morning in London to start off the week today. That will continue through the day with quite a lot of cloud around. It will likely stay dry later on unlike areas further north.”

He said Tuesday morning is likely to be misty and damp but will brighten up throughout the day. 

“The warm air is being brought up from the south,” he said. “It’s not really the hurricane Gert low pressure system.”

Mr Claydon added: “Wednesday looks likely to be the last day of that warm weather, the following day will be a couple of degrees cooler.”

Humidity in London on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to reach as high as 90 per cent, before dropping off towards the end of the week. 

August last year saw London enjoy glorious sunshine during a 30C heat wave, with officials even issuing a level two health alert urging Londoners to take care during the heat.

This year, some of London’s hottest weather was in June when ambulance calls soaring by 46 per cent as London swelters in temperatures of around 34C. 

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