Britain is set to bake in three months of sizzling temperatures as shock weather patterns send thermometers skyrocking.

In just ten days, forecasters expect an onslaught of heat waves to hit, paving the way for a record breaking summer of sweltering sunshine. The mercury is expected to soar so high, in fact, there’s a chance the highest ever UK temperature of 38.5C could be beaten.

June, July and August will see Britain bake in 30C heat as extreme “heat surges” are swept in from the Continent. The predictions hinge on a rare set of meteorological circumstances, which forecasters now agree will come to fruition.

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Scorching air from Africa and the Continent is set to flood in following a dramatic northwards swing in the jet stream.

Unlike in other years, its path and activity have been affected by a monster El Nino event which has led to a drastic alteration in ocean temperatures. Rebecca Lindsay, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) said: “This shift disrupts the atmospheric circulation patterns that connect the tropics with the middle latitudes, which in turn modifies the mid-latitude jet streams.

“This can affect temperature and precipitation across…the world.”

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Previous summer scorchers – including 1915, 1949,1959, 1976 and 2003 – could be left in the lurch by the 2016 heatwave bonanza.