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Britain will be hotter than Rio for a 21C (70F) October weekend beach dash – but an Iceland chill and winter’s first frosts follow from Monday.

A 500 mile-wide ‘tropical thrust’ will bring heat and good sunny spells for many this weekend.

Tens of thousands will head for Britain’s coastlines, with Brighton and Bournemouth expecting a rush of visitors.

21C highs, 5C above average and hotter than 20C Rio de Janeiro, are due on Saturday and Sunday with the best sunshine in the South and Midlands.

Even the North is set for 19C, with some sunny breaks but also cloud and showers.

Britain will be hotter than Rio for a 21C (70F) October weekend beach dash - but an Iceland chill and winter's first frosts follow from Monday

Britain will be hotter than Rio for a 21C (70F) October weekend beach dash - but an Iceland chill and winter's first frosts follow from Monday

Britain will be hotter than Rio for a 21C (70F) October weekend beach dash – but an Iceland chill and winter’s first frosts follow from Monday

Boats can be seen reflected back off of the water of the River Thames in Hurley, Berkshire, earlier today

Boats can be seen reflected back off of the water of the River Thames in Hurley, Berkshire, earlier today

Boats can be seen reflected back off of the water of the River Thames in Hurley, Berkshire, earlier today

Tens of thousands will head for Britain's coastlines, with Brighton and Bournemouth expecting a rush of visitors. Pictured: File image of tourists at West Bay on September 8

Tens of thousands will head for Britain's coastlines, with Brighton and Bournemouth expecting a rush of visitors. Pictured: File image of tourists at West Bay on September 8

Tens of thousands will head for Britain’s coastlines, with Brighton and Bournemouth expecting a rush of visitors. Pictured: File image of tourists at West Bay on September 8

However, from Monday, a blast of chilly air will sweep across the country from Iceland, bringing the temperatures down again. Pictured: File image of people walking through London on February 9, 2021

However, from Monday, a blast of chilly air will sweep across the country from Iceland, bringing the temperatures down again. Pictured: File image of people walking through London on February 9, 2021

However, from Monday, a blast of chilly air will sweep across the country from Iceland, bringing the temperatures down again. Pictured: File image of people walking through London on February 9, 2021

Cold air from Iceland follows for all parts from Monday to Thursday, with frost for the North – but heat is set to return again during October.

The month is 10 times more likely to be much-warmer-than-average than much cooler, the Met Office says.

Bookmakers Coral cut odds on October being the hottest for 160 years to 6/4, with spokesman John Hill saying that the odds suggest summer isn’t over yet.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Southerly breezes all the way from the tropics are lifting temperatures to an unseasonably warm 17-21C widely.

A 500 mile-wide 'tropical thrust' (pictured) will bring heat and good sunny spells for many this weekend

A 500 mile-wide 'tropical thrust' (pictured) will bring heat and good sunny spells for many this weekend

A 500 mile-wide ‘tropical thrust’ (pictured) will bring heat and good sunny spells for many this weekend

Pictured: People are seen taking a small boat out onto the River Thames earlier today ahead of warmer temperatures this weekend

Pictured: People are seen taking a small boat out onto the River Thames earlier today ahead of warmer temperatures this weekend

Pictured: People are seen taking a small boat out onto the River Thames earlier today ahead of warmer temperatures this weekend

A man, wearing sports attire is seen sitting in a boat, with his two oars resting on the surface of the water on the River Thames earlier today

A man, wearing sports attire is seen sitting in a boat, with his two oars resting on the surface of the water on the River Thames earlier today

A man, wearing sports attire is seen sitting in a boat, with his two oars resting on the surface of the water on the River Thames earlier today

The month is 10 times more likely to be much-warmer-than-average than much cooler, the Met Office says. Pictured: File image of a woman reading a book at West Bay on September 8

The month is 10 times more likely to be much-warmer-than-average than much cooler, the Met Office says. Pictured: File image of a woman reading a book at West Bay on September 8

The month is 10 times more likely to be much-warmer-than-average than much cooler, the Met Office says. Pictured: File image of a woman reading a book at West Bay on September 8

Pictured: File image of two boys walking on a frozen pond near Greenwich Park on February 14, 2021

Pictured: File image of two boys walking on a frozen pond near Greenwich Park on February 14, 2021

Pictured: File image of two boys walking on a frozen pond near Greenwich Park on February 14, 2021

‘But early next week has winds switch to northerly, lowering the mercury to 10-15C.’

A Met Office forecaster said: ‘Saturday has warm sunshine in the South and Midlands, with Sunday mainly dry.

‘Next week will feel chilly at first, with temperatures around or below normal, with the possibility of frost.

‘Late October has temperatures near or above average.’

The Met Office, long-range Outlook said: ‘October is significantly more likely than normal to be warm overall.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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