Essex residents can look forward to turning their heating back off this weekend with temperatures hitting 20C in some parts of the county.

A tropical blast from the south is raising the mercury out of usual autumn temperatures.

It might still be a tad too cold to hit the beach, but at least the coats and jackets can go back on the hook for at least another weekend.

Basildon will reach 20C on Sunday, as will Grays, Canvey and Chelmsford.

Southend, Colchester and Braintree will be enjoying 19C.

Nationally, temperatures are set to reach 10C more than usual, with some places basking in 21C.

Forecaster Emma Salter told The Mirror: "On Sunday we could get up to 21C in parts of the country and this is largely due to the polar airflow switching to bring in the remnants of some post-tropical air.

"Temperatures will creep up over the next few days and it will feel warmer compared to last weekend which brought some air frost.

"While it will feel mild, it is not going to be all sunshine and there will be a lot of cloud about, with some strong winds and rain in the north."