Temperatures could reach 24C before rain arrives for weekend

Temperatures could soar to 24C in the South East this week before wind and rain ushers in the weekend, the Met Office said.

Wednesday is set to be the hottest day of October with temperatures expected to reach more than double the monthly average of around 10C.

Last year, October 16 saw temperatures hit 23.5C in Kent, making it the hottest day of the month.

However, the warm spell is not expected to last with strong winds and wet weather expected to hit the north on Friday.

Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: "Temperatures are picking up for the southern half of the UK.

Autumn weather
Temperatures are widely expected to rise (Yui Mok/PA)

"In the South and South East, temperatures will certainly be in the low 20s."

Weather across the rest of the country is expected to be cooler, wetter and windier throughout the weekend, as temperatures drop into the mid-teens on Sunday.

"Later in the week wind will push the warm weather out," Ms Maxey added.

"This will bring strong winds and rain, particularly for the northern part of the UK."

An autumnal scene
The temperature is expected to rise well above the 10C average for October (Neil Squires/PA)

The North West is set to be hit by a wet and windy weekend with temperatures dropping to around 14C in Cumbria and the North East by Saturday.

In the South West, Plymouth will be hit by rain on Thursday and Friday with temperatures due to drop to around 16C before a drier weekend with a low of 15C on Sunday.

London is set to see temperatures remain in the 20s until Sunday when the average is expected to drop to 18C with overcast skies.

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