The UK has already started to experience warm, sunny temperatures this weekend but the best is yet to come as forecasters predict the mercury could rise to high as 28C for parts of the south this week – making Britain hotter than the Mediterranean. The scorching heat is in response to high pressure building from the south, accompanied by the movement of warm air northwards.
The start of the week will be dry and bright with frequent sunny spells for much of the UK, according to the Met Office.
Temperatures will gradually start to climb from Monday afternoon, rising to the mid-20s on Wednesday.
Netweather forecast the east of England could bask in temperatures of up to 28C mid-week.
Senior forecaster Nick Finnis said: “It will turn increasingly warmer through the first half of this week, as high pressure drifts east and a southerly flow develops, bringing a surge of warm air northwards.
“Temperatures will widely reach the low to mid-twenties Celsius on Wednesday, perhaps 28C across eastern England.”
But the north of the UK, particularly Scotland, can expect cloud and some rain.
Most of Britain will wake to a cloudy start on Tuesday, with sunny spells breaking through late morning.
Mr Finnis forecasts: “Temperatures reaching 16-18C in the cloudier north, but where we see the sunshine in the south 20-23C, perhaps 25C in the southeast.”
But from Thursday a cold front heads in from the west, driving temperatures back down again.
Some parts of the UK, particularly the north east can expect to see thunderstorms break out.
The colder, showery conditions are expected to persist across the north of the UK into the bank holiday weekend.
The south of England will largely avoid the cold weather front, with highs of 25C forecast in the capital on Thursday afternoon.
Moving into the weekend high temperatures will mostly persist, with the mercury set to remain in the early 20s for much of England.
Scotland and Northern Ireland can expect some sunshine as well, with highs of 18C in parts.
Published at Mon, 18 May 2020 11:49:00 +0000