=Britain basks in balmy 73F temperatures as Bank Holiday comes to a close – before Autumn kicks in

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Brits will bask in balmy sunshine today with highs of 73.4F (23C) as calm weather continues before summer officially ends and rain rolls in on Friday.

Dry weather continues today with cloud cover across the country as people enjoy the last of the sunshine on the Bank Holiday.

Sunshine and warm weather kept Britain’s beaches packed with sunbathers enjoying the August weather on Bank Holiday, while the clouds cleared for London’s Notting Hill Carnival, pride events and the Reading and Leeds festival over the weekend .

And the rain has stopped, today remaining mostly dry with some warm, sunny outbreaks in the south, peaking at 23°C near Bristol and Cardiff.

Coastal areas in the east of the country will be cooler with temperatures in the high teens and low 20s, between 62.6F (17C) and 59F (15C).

Monday on Bank Holiday should see little rain as the high pressure system continues to dominate the weather in the country, while staying warm and ‘settled’.

There will be some light showers in the north of England this morning, although some drizzle may persist in the north east of the UK. There may even be a brief shower in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

With Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told MailOnline the biggest change will come at the end of the week, as the country enters the meteorological fall. Rain will come from the Atlantic, bringing wet weather first to Northern Ireland and Scotland before reaching the north of the UK on Friday.

This includes some ‘heavier eruptions’ and ‘longer rains’, spreading across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

Although it was a “season record-breaker” with highs of 104F (40C), the country is now moving into the next phase, Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said.

“We are now moving towards the end of the meteorological summer, but we are doing it in a rather warm and calm tone,” he said.

Rowers make their way along the River Avon in Warwick Monday morning as calm weather continues

Rowers make their way along the River Avon in Warwick Monday morning as calm weather continues

Dried out grass contrasts with artificial grass in St Nicholas' Park in Warwick.  On Friday there will be rain in the country

Dried out grass contrasts with artificial grass in St Nicholas' Park in Warwick.  On Friday there will be rain in the country

Dried out grass contrasts with artificial grass in St Nicholas’ Park in Warwick. On Friday there will be rain in the country

“For many of us, it’s a nice and bright start to Monday morning, especially in the west. further east we see some pushing west from the North Sea and that cloud is thick enough to give a few bursts of light rain and drizzle in places.

“Now with the best sunshine in the west, we’re likely to see the hottest temperatures there over the course of Monday – so it’s pleasantly warm there.

‘Where we see that thicker cloud in the east, the temperatures are slightly lower than recent values. So Monday evening it will remain dry but cloudy, again with a few clear spells in the west and south.’

The Met Office also warned today of strong winds along the south coast, between 15 and 20 mph, with some local gusts up to 35 mph.

This evening will bring some isolated showers in the north, with drizzle in the north east, while the rest of the UK remains largely dry.  In the south and southwest it will become cooler, with a cooler night due to lack of clouds

This evening will bring some isolated showers in the north, with drizzle in the north east, while the rest of the UK remains largely dry.  In the south and southwest it will become cooler, with a cooler night due to lack of clouds

This evening will bring some isolated showers in the north, with drizzle in the north east, while the rest of the UK remains largely dry. In the south and southwest it will become cooler, with a cooler night due to lack of clouds

By Wednesday the weather will start to get more restless, with showers expected in the east of the country

By Wednesday the weather will start to get more restless, with showers expected in the east of the country

By Wednesday the weather will start to get more restless, with showers expected in the east of the country

Clouds will increase on Thursday, with showers forecast for Friday as the weather becomes more unstable

Clouds will increase on Thursday, with showers forecast for Friday as the weather becomes more unstable

Clouds will increase on Thursday, with showers forecast for Friday as the weather becomes more unstable

Ms Stroud added: ‘Settled conditions will last until Tuesday, with high pressure continuing to dominate the weather for the next few days.

‘Although the high-pressure cell is quite weak, we occasionally see some clouds and some rain in the forecast, but that rain is usually light.’

In the northeast there may be some early drizzle and low cloud, with possible afternoon showers in some northern areas. It feels warmest in the southwest and cooler in the northeast.

Mr Stroud added: ‘If we look a little further towards the end of the week, there are indications that the weather could become more restless from Friday, coming from the north and west, with rain for many of us.’

In the north of the country, temperatures will drop in the evening, with cooler nights with the possibility of some heavy showers across the country by Friday. Coastal areas to the south and east will feel coolest, with central areas more sheltered from the land wind.

Rowers make their way along the River Avon and under a bridge in Warwick Monday morning

Rowers make their way along the River Avon and under a bridge in Warwick Monday morning

Rowers make their way along the River Avon and under a bridge in Warwick Monday morning

The dry grass on the right contrasts with the green artificial playing field on the left.  The land will see rain on Friday

The dry grass on the right contrasts with the green artificial playing field on the left.  The land will see rain on Friday

The dry grass on the right contrasts with the green artificial playing field on the left. The land will see rain on Friday

Yesterday holidaymakers flocked to UK beaches in the sunshine as the Bank Holiday continued to bring good weather before schools returned in early September.

Temperatures remained around 20 degrees, with highs reaching 25 degrees in parts of London and the west of the country, including Liverpool and Bristol.

Warm temperatures will continue into the week before restless weather comes from the west by the weekend.

Tens of thousands of festival-goers welcomed the dry weather at London's Notting Hill Carnival yesterday

Tens of thousands of festival-goers welcomed the dry weather at London's Notting Hill Carnival yesterday

Tens of thousands of festival-goers welcomed the dry weather at London’s Notting Hill Carnival yesterday

Musicians, dancers and performers gather on the streets of West London on Sunday.  Yesterday's dry conditions will continue until the second day of Carnival

Musicians, dancers and performers gather on the streets of West London on Sunday.  Yesterday's dry conditions will continue until the second day of Carnival

Musicians, dancers and performers gather on the streets of West London on Sunday. Yesterday’s dry conditions will continue until the second day of Carnival

Yesterday’s dry conditions were welcomed by the tens of thousands of festival-goers at London’s Notting Hill Carnival, and today’s dry conditions will continue into the second day of Carnival.

A Met Office spokesperson told MailOnline: “On Bank Holiday Monday, there’s a bit of a split between the Southwest and the Northeast. Generally it will be cloudier but the best sunshine will be seen in western areas such as Wales.

‘Further to the northeast it will become more cloudy with a higher chance of showers, especially in the northeast of England.

“Temperatures will be a bit cooler in the north under the cloud, we’re looking at the teens to the low 20s.”

A man lays on dead grass at Leeds festival on Sunday, enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine

A man lays on dead grass at Leeds festival on Sunday, enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine

A man lays on dead grass at Leeds festival on Sunday, enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine

The parched ground has remained dry this weekend at Leeds Festival, with revelers enjoying the warm weather in their shorts

The parched ground has remained dry this weekend at Leeds Festival, with revelers enjoying the warm weather in their shorts

The parched ground has remained dry this weekend at Leeds Festival, with revelers enjoying the warm weather in their shorts

Tens of thousands of revelers took to Reading and Leeds festivals between Wednesday and Sunday, headlined by rapper Dave and the Arctic Monkeys.

Festival goer Rod Leith, 65, said he has seen the weather improve at Reading Festival in recent years.

He said: ‘I’ve been coming here since 1976. The festival is bigger now and the music has become more diverse, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same as always. There are more stages than there were, and the weather seems to be much better these days.”

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