Andover is set to scorch this week as the mercury closes in on that magic 30C mark.

In what is going to be a hot week all around the country, things closer to home will be no different.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri said: “Temperatures will continue to climb through the week with a hot spell developing across much of England and Wales.

"From Wednesday temperatures will widely reach into the high twenties Celsius and it’ll be hot across much of the UK, especially central and southern England where we could see highs of 30 to 34 Celsius.

"This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week.”

“In addition to the warm days we are going to see some warm nights this week as temperatures overnight remain in the mid-high teens across England and Wales.”

Tuesday will get things started in Andover with an expected high temperate of 26C. After that both Wednesday and Thursday are expected to to top out at 29C.

Finally on Friday, the mercury is set to hit 27C before it drops back to the low twenties and high teens for the weekend.

The highest UK maximum temperature recorded in June is currently 35.6 Celsius, set at Mayflower Park, Southampton on 28th June 1976.

The highest UK minimum temperature recorded in June is currently 22.7 Celsius, recorded in Ventnor Park on the Isle of Wight on 28th June 1976.

Commenting on the reasons behind the hot spell, Mr Surri added: “We quite often see warm, southerly air from the continent bringing these high temperatures to the UK in summer, however this week, the air across the UK has arrived from the Atlantic.

"This Atlantic air will descend and warm up as it moves across the UK and this in combination with clear skies and strong late-June sunshine, we’re seeing temperatures rise.”