Warm weather set to continue this week

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THE sunny weather is set to continue for the next few days following a scorching weekend on the south coast.

But the Met Office says the temperatures will not be quite as warm as this weekend.

The mercury hit 25C (77F) yesterday at Thorney Island, where the Met Office takes its weather observations.

Other parts of the south east enjoyed baking heat, with temperatures around the capital reaching 31C (88F).

Today temperatures are set to reach 22C (72F) and for the rest of the week the mercury is predicted to hover around 20C.

The heatwave has been caused by warm air being blown in from hundreds of miles away.

Gareth Harvey, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘It has been very hot around Europe.

‘There is a southerly flow of weather coming up from Africa.’

Temperatures in parts of France have reached in excess of 40C.

Ladbrokes has slashed the odds of the temperature soaring to 100F before the end of the month to 10/1 from 20/1.