A second summer has arrived to lift Britain’s lockdown gloom – thanks to a HURRICANE!

Forecasters predict the UK will be soaked in sunshine for the next 12 days with 25C temperatures lasting well into next week.

That will at least allow people in regions hit by Covid-19 restrictions to catch some rays in the garden.

Today sunseekers stripped off across the nation as temperatures nudged 31C making it the hottest September 15 in nearly 200 years – and warmer than the Caribbean paradise of Antigua.

Experts said the unseasonal hot spell was all down to Hurricane Paulette.

The powerful weather front is churning up the mid-Atlantic south of Newfoundland.

But instead of pummelling Britain with rain and high wings it is sucking up tropical hot air and coughing it out towards the UK – strengthening the dry high pressure zone currently covering the country.

Hurricane Paulette is to thank for the unusually hot spell

That will result in the best weather since Britain’s first summer in early August.

BBC Weather said: "Strong high pressure ahead is partly due to warm air from Paulette.’’

But not everyone will have fun in the sun.

The 'wrong type of heat’ has already led to train days.

Britain will see some of the best weather it's had since August

Some were ordered to travel at almost half speed as baking rails risked buckling.

Network Rail tweeted: "Due to hot weather a speed restriction is in place at Northampton. Trains may be delayed.’’

The company said 'direct sunshine’ caused more problems than hot but cloudy conditions.

" Rails in direct sunshine can be 20C hotter than air temperature. Speed restrictions are imposed as slower trains exert lower forces on the track, reducing the chance of buckling,’’ it added.

The Met Office has forecast temperatures will hit 28C today (wed) then 24C to 25C daily for the rest of the week with plenty of sunshine and clear skies.

The next three months are expected to be warmed than normal.

Forecasters predict the hot spells will last 12 days

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "Warm and sunny weather ahead will feel like a second summer after wet and windy conditions dogged the second half of school holidays.’’

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond, of weathertrending, said: "We’ll inevitably hear the phrase ‘Indian Summer.’’

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "Decent spells of fine weather are expected in the rest of September.’’

A Met Office forecaster said: "There is plenty of sunshine this week and dry weather with sunny spells is likely to continue through next week.

"Above-average temperatures are likely for many and it could be very warm in the South.’’