It's time to whack out the barbecues and find your flip flops, as hot weather is forecast for the south east.

Temperatures over the weekend are expected to peak 27C, with it forecast to carry on into next week.

Saturday will be partly cloudy with temperatures hitting 25C while Sunday will reach highs of 27C.

Met Office meterologist Alex Deakin said: "There will be very little rain across the south this week, mostly dry, we will see some sunny spells and temperatures will be rising at times, particularly so on Wednesday.

"High pressure will keep things largely dry in the south.

Temperatures are set to soar this week

"Now by the time we get to Wednesday the low in the Atlantic is a little bit closer and that will allow some southerly winds to pick which will draw up some warmth.

"It looks largely dry and bright, we will get into the low twenties on Friday but it could get a bit warmer for many of us into the weekend."

Of course, with all this sunshine comes the dangers associated with UV, so people should take steps to protect themselves if outside enjoying the warm weather.

Professor John O’Hagan, of Public Health England, said: “UV levels may be higher than usual due to a predicted reduction in ozone this week, so people should take care when outside.

"Use common sense and know the limits of your skin, don’t stay out in strong sun too long and if you need to, stay in the shade during the hottest parts of the day.

"For good UV protection wear wraparound sunglasses and a hat, cover up with light clothing and, and use sunscreen that’s at least factor 15, which also has good UV-A protection."

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