Britain looks set to enjoy some scorching weather with the hottest day of the year predicted for the middle of the week.
Temperatures have been climbing since Sunday and will reach a possible 29°C on Wednesday in Leicestershire, as winds blow in warm weather from southern Europe.
And after a turbulent past week that saw severe thunderstorms across the county, the new bout of sunshine will come as a welcome tonic.
To qualify as a heatwave, temperatures matching or exceeding 25 – 28C (77-82.4F) have to be recorded over three consecutive days, which the current forecast for Leicestershire does.
Some thundery downpours may break out later in the week, and while not good news for sun worshippers it will at least provide a little relief for gardeners.
The forecast for the region this week is as follows:
Some sunshine likely at first, before cloud gradually builds through the morning. Remaining dry and feeling warm however, with some afternoon sunny spells still likely. Maximum temperature 23°C.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
A fine, dry and increasingly warm period, with plenty of prolonged sunshine. Turning very warm by Wednesday, with a maximum temperature of 29°C with perhaps the odd thunderstorm possible on Thursday.