Hot weather forecast: Scorching 80F plume to hit as Britain faces 8-DAY heatwave – charts

Hot weather forecast: Scorching 80F plume to hit as Britain faces 8-DAY heatwave – charts

The UK can expect to bask in high temperatures this weekend, as a plume of hot air moves up from the continent. The warm weather, which will come in stark contrast to the heavy downpours and strong winds seen so far this week, is expected to last for more than a week, sparking a mini-heatwave, as the mercury settles in the early 20s.

Thursday and Friday is likely to see more unsettled weather conditions, with much of the UK seeing showers due to an area of low pressure.

Netweather meteorologist Nick Finnis said: “Fronts and troughs rotating around this low will bring further thundery showers or longer spells of rain from the east on Thursday and Friday, along with a strengthening easterly wind, though Scotland and Northern Ireland will stay mostly dry.”

But the forecaster expects warmer weather and calmer winds to move in from Saturday.

He said: “It will remain warm and humid through the weekend, as we import very warm and moist air from the near continent.”

Mr Finnis said most places will stay dry and sunny, with temperatures reaching highs of 24C.

A weather map shows much of the UK turn red as the mercury rises to the early 20s on Saturday, with the higher temperatures being felt across the west coast of England.

Sunday is expected to be even warmer, as the mercury is expected to reach 24C in the capital.

But a few storms and rainy spells are still expected this weekend, especially across Wales and southern England.

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But despite the shift towards high temperatures, the MetOffice warns the period could still be characterised by scattered showers.

The forecasters write: “The weather becomes rather mixed through the rest of the period with all parts seeing some drier and sunnier spells but with the chance of showers developing.

“The showers may be heavy and merge into longer spells of rain at times with a risk of thunder also, although thunder mainly in southern or southwestern parts of the UK.

“Northwestern areas will likely see the best of any drier and sunnier conditions.”

By the end of June, more settled conditions look set to move in to ensure longer spells of sunshine and dry weather.

Published at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:39:00 +0000