According to the Met Office, temperatures are set to steadily rise over the next two days but will not reach the sweltering highs recorded last week.
Today the mercury will hit 25C, with long spells of sunshine forecast.
Friday will see highs of 26C as the country enters a period of settled weather that is expected to continue into the weekend.
Throughout Thursday and Friday, England and Wales will remain mostly dry and bright.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge, said: “Most of England and Wales will remain fine, dry and bright with sunny spells.
“Only the far north will see the odd shower.
“As we go into the weekend the most likely scenario is that most places will be dry and sunny especially across the South and East”.
The cooler temperatures are likely to be welcomed up and down the country after last week’s scorcher produced the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 34C in London.
Saharan winds produced sweltering conditions right across Europe, with temperatures rising to 40C in some parts.
“Most of England and Wales will remain fine, dry and bright with sunny spells.”
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge
Weather forecasters put France on high alert while in German emergency services urged people to take care of young people and the elderly.
Records were broken in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Spain. In France, it was broken by more than 1.5C on June 28.
The record-breaking heatwave was made at least five times more likely by climate change, scientists have since claimed.
A century ago, similar heatwaves were around 4C cooler, the researchers added.
Last month was the hottest June in Europe and throughout the world since 1880, according to data released by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Blazing temperatures led to wildfires in Germany and Spain, sparking mass disruption.
Seven people died as a result of heat-related incidents in four days.
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