It's time to grab the sunscreen and head to the beach ... socially distanced of course, as we're set for a mini heatwave in south Essex with temperatures hitting 29 degrees.

After a wet and windy few days forecasters say it'll all change for the better. We'll be seeing the wet conditions clear to make way for seasonal wall to wall sunshine. Today we are set to see warm temperatures of 20 degrees as the mercury starts to rise.

Forecasters say by tomorrow we'll be seeing temperatures of 22 degrees with gentle breeze. They also say it'll be dry on Thursday too with temperatures hitting 25 degrees with a plenty of sunshine expected, and weather turning much warmer.

Friday is set to be the best day with dry, sunny and hot weather and temperatures of 29 degrees, which is set to be considerably higher than it has been through much of July so far, forecasters say.

The weekend is also due to be a warm one, so get out the barbecue and sun cream again with another dry day on Saturday, and Sunday with the heat hitting highs of 26 and 22 degrees.