Mini-heatwave expected for Olympics closing ceremony
BRITAIN is expecting temperatures to rise to 28C in time for the closing ceremony at London 2012 on Sunday.
The country has seen mixed conditions for the Olympic Games after temperatures peaked at 31C before the opening ceremony 11 days ago.
Competitors in the women's marathon endured a "Biblical storm" in London while sunshine and showers swept the rest of the country.
But forecasters said the weather was likely to improve by Thursday for the weekend with just a 20 per cent chance of rain for the final day of the Olympics.
Temperatures were expected to reach the low 80s Fahrenheit/high 20s Celsius with a top temperature of 82F (28C).
However, the warmer weather is not due to last with heavy showers predicted to return by Monday.
Damian Boyd, Met Office spokesman, said: "The unsettled conditions are expected to improve towards the weekend with temperatures rising up.
"It's changeable at the moment with showers but moving away from the west to the east. We're expecting some high pressure to move into the south of the country and brighter weather to prevail.
"It will just be a short interlude of better weather and then back to the typical British summer."
The forecast prompted West Midlands Police to issue security advice to households after the last spell of warm weather led to a rise in burglaries with a fifth of break-ins committed by opportunists.
Chief Inspector Darren Walsh said: "There is a temptation to leave windows and doors open during spells of hot weather. But there are opportunist thieves who'll look to take advantage of home security lapses and they only need a matter of seconds to sneak in through open windows or doors."
After the weekend, the rain returning to the UK is likely to be heavy and thundery bringing humid conditions early next week.
But the Olympics closing ceremony, which will handover to the next host city Rio de Janeiro, could avoid a downpour.
Leon Brown, meteorologist at the Weather Channel, said: "There is a 30 per cent chance of temperatures reaching 82F (28C) in the capital and we expect a fine evening in London with just a 20 per cent chance of a shower for the Olympic closing ceremony."
He added central and northern parts of England were at risk of flash floods from heavy showers on Sunday.