THE NORTH of the UK is set to be lashed with a week of torrential rain, while the south will continue to be sunnier and warmer.
The Met Office predicts this north/south split will continue over the next few days after the weekend saw warm weather in the south and cooler temperatures in the north.
High temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s this week, particularly in the south of England as the country prepares for weeks of sunshine.
Sunbathers and holidaymakers flocked to the beach in West Bay, Dorset today, on an afternoon of scorching hot sunshine.
But cooler temperatures were seen in the north, with some sunny but breezy weather in parts of Scotland.
A Met Office forecaster said: "The week starts with high pressure to the southwest bringing plenty of settled weather.
"Many parts will be dry with spells of sunshine.
"Northern areas will see a scattering of showers.
"Things will be settled on Tuesday, but rain will arrive into far North West of England early Wednesday and erratically southeast.
"Temperatures will be rather cool at first but become warm in the south later on."
This evening, most parts of the UK will be dry with clearing skies and temperatures will turn chilly in rural areas.
Showers will continue around Scottish coasts, with some heavy ones in the far north, the Met Office said.
On Tuesday, the weather is set to be sunny and warm all over the country, but particularly in the south.
Northern Ireland and Scotland will see clouds and some rain in the evening.
On Wednesday, rain and showers will be seen across the north, while parts of the south and far north will stay mainly dry.
Some rain may reach the south on Thursday, but some areas will continue to be dry.
The end of the week will see a mix of sunshine and showers, with peaks of 24-27C expected across southern and southeastern England on Saturday.
Last weekend, people were out enjoying the sunshine on the beaches in Dorset and Cornwall as the mercury hit 25C.
But downpours on Sunday brought the mini-heatwave to an end, with heavy clouds across southern England and East Anglia.
The recent warmer weather has been welcomed by Brits after a dreary start to July with less sunshine than average.
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