The kids might be back at school, but Britain is set to sizzle with an Autumn heatwave.

Later this week, Britain will be hotter than Corfu with predicted temperatures of 26°C (79°F), whereas the Greek island will struggle to get up to 25°C (77°F). As no rain is forecast, September may well end up being the driest for 55 years, especially as this month has averaged just 6mm of rain. The usual mid-month figure is 41mm and several reservoirs and five rivers are below their normal levels.

Britain's beaches are set to be packed!

Britain’s beaches are set to be packed!

A forecaster for the Met Office, Kirk Waite said that the high pressure will deliver a “warm, pleasant” week from midweek onwards: “The start of week looks like 22°C (72°F) highs, with maximums by midweek in the South and East at 24°C (75°F) or 25°C, and 26°C couldn’t be ruled out. September has been dry and very fine for most so far. It should stay dry for most through the week, with the following week settled for most with the risk of a few showers at times, most likely in the West. The end of September is due fine, sunny weather interspersed with the odd wetter day, most likely in the North and West.”

The warm temperatures will go hand-in-hand with sunny spells and apart from the occasional shower in the North and East early in the week, the UK will remain dry for the most part. Tomorrow is set to be the 15th day in a row at 22°C or higher.

British countryside, beaches and parks enjoyed a busy weekend and the tourist trade is expecting an equally busy week. A spokeswoman for Visit England, Angelah Sparg, said: “More warm weather means more good conditions for people to be out and about visiting the many sites the country has to offer.”