BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor warned Northern Ireland and the south-west may experience some heavy and thundery rain showers on Saturday. But the rest of the country will bask in sunny spells and hot weather with temperatures up to 26C in the south and 23C in Scotland. He said: “As we start the weekend high pressure has been with us and it nudges off into eastern and central parts of Europe.
“We’re on the western side which will bring southerly winds and it’s going to be tap into some warmth that’s been building across France.
“That warmth is coming our way, certainly widely through Saturday.
“Blue skies for the vast majority, a little bit of a breeze at the start.
“But if you’re in south-west England, south-west Wales and Northern Ireland, it will be a little bit more cloudy and there’s a chance of one or two heavy thundery showers.
“The vast majority will stay dry and pretty warm.
“Temperatures peaking above average at this time, up to 25C or 26C.
“In northern Scotland they will be warming up to 23C.”
Met Office forecaster Nicky Moxey also forecast hot spells to blast this weekend.
He said: “It’s going to be a nice week; a nice warm spell.
Jo Farrow senior forecaster at netweather.tv said the warm conditions will begin rising to the mid-20s on Friday.
Ms Farrow said: “This flow from the south will also draw up warmer air.
“Temperatures rise on Thursday, into the low to mid 20s by Friday.
“It could be even warmer by Saturday.”