Wigan is expected to be just as hot as GIBRALTAR next week as temperatures soar

The temperature is on the rise and next week the UK will be basking in temperatures as hot as Spain, with temperatures set to reach a scorching 30C (86F).

This unusual heatwave will bring incredibly warm temperatures, with next Wednesday set to be the hottest day of 2018 so far.

The UK is set to be hotter than Marbella

The UK is set to be hotter than Marbella

This weekend is expected to be warm with pure sunshine and clear, blue skies, with some parts of the UK reaching a peak temperature of 30C.

On Saturday Wigan will see highs of 17C (75F) and Sunday will enjoy highs of 20C (77F), with temperatures then continuing to climb.

The average temperature for this time of year is usually about 21C in London, with it being a few degrees cooler in the North of England and Scotland.

Operational meteorologist at the Met Office, Martin Bowles said: "There's widespread sunshine for several days due”, and that "The temperature will be up a little bit each day."

Wednesday is set to be the hottest day of 2018 so far

Wednesday is set to be the hottest day of 2018 so far

The forecaster also explained that parts of the UK are likely to reach 30C on Wednesday, explaining: "Monday 27C, Tuesday 28C, it's quite likely, I'd say more likely than not, that somewhere in the UK on Wednesday will get 30C”.

Although this is not certain as Wednesday is still quite a way away in regards to accurate forecasting terms, with the temperature set to climb everyday until then, high temperatures are expected.

If Britain does hit 30C it will be as hot, if not hotter, than Gibraltar and parts of Southern Spain.

Gibraltar is set to be 25C and 26C for most of the week and with Wigan reaching a peak temperature of 26C, it will be just as hot as this holiday destination.