FAMILIES are set for a scorching August bank holiday weekend.

The Met Office predicts highs of 26C in Swindon on Saturday, dropping to a more manageable 23C by Monday.

Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the forecaster, said: “August has been mixed so far with some rather unsettled spells for many, however that’s going to change this weekend as we see high temperatures, sunshine and light winds return.

"On Saturday and Sunday there’ll be plenty of sunshine, especially in the east, with temperatures rising into the mid to high 20s Celsius for many - it’ll be warmest in south-eastern parts where 31C is most likely. Western parts are likely to see more cloud, and a probable cooling trend through the weekend.

“By Monday the higher temperatures will likely become confined to the south east of England where temperatures into the low 30s Celsius could again occur – which would set a new record for the coming summer bank holiday Monday.”

The current highest temperature on record for the UK during the late summer bank holiday weekend is 31.5C, recorded at Heathrow in 2001.

The RAC's Rod Dennis urged those hitting the roads this weekend to make sure they prepare: "As the temperature rises so can the chances of a breakdown – so it’s important drivers check over their vehicle before setting out. Hungry, thirsty or tired passengers can also be recipes for in-car irritability."