The UK is "odds on for a barbecue summer", with no repeat of the washouts of the last two years, according to Met Office forecasters.
Temperatures are likely to be warmer than average across the UK, topping 30C at times.
Rainfall should be "near or below average" for the three months of summer, the forecasters say.
However, they warn that heavy downpours cannot be ruled out.
Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Ewen McCallum, said a repeat of the wet summers of 2007 and 2008 is unlikely.
"After two disappointingly wet summers the signs are much more promising this year," he said.
"We can expect times when temperatures will be above 30C, something we hardly saw at all last year." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8026668.stm