While the UK’s south is expected to experience heat, parts of Northern Ireland, and western Scotland will see much cooler temperatures and stronger winds.
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The UK will be scorching in the sun for seven days as Spain’s heatwave sweeps across Europe.
London and the south-east could feel the heat when the mercury reaches the highest temperatures in the year. “low 30s”At the end of the week.
Jonathan Vautrey, Met Office meteorologist, said “As we move into the end of the week, that’s when we are starting to pick up the signal for the potential for some significant heat to come up from the south.”
He said that temperatures in the Greater London region reached 23C on Saturday afternoon. “lot of sunshine around to help to keep things feeling pretty warm”The south of England
Spain is currently experiencing heatwave due to Storm Alex and a plume de hot air over North Africa. Expected temperatures of 44C.
Mr Vautrey added: “There is a signal in that the heat we have currently got over Spain – I believe they are experiencing rather high temperatures at the moment – could edge its way northwards to south-eastern areas of the UK, at least for the end of the week.
“At the moment, the model expects us to reach mid-20s by Friday and then possibly to low 30s for Friday. These would be the warmest conditions this year.”
However some parts of the UK will miss out on the sunshine.
Mr Vautrey said: “It is quite different if we look further north-west. The western parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland are cloudier and we are actually experiencing some very unseasonably high winds. We have witnessed gales across North-West Scotland, the Highlands, and the Outer Hebrides. There has also been rain, so temperatures are struggling.
“It is the eastern side of Scotland that has sort of been pushing towards the high teens mark in terms of their temperature, just seeing a few more drier and and brighter spells.”
The Met Office warned that ex-tropical storm Alex would bring strong winds and rain to western Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday and Saturday of this week.
Mr Vautrey added: “We will sort of continue slightly with this north/west south/east split into next week as well, so we have high pressure building into the south which will allow things to stay relatively settled.
“It doesn’t extend its influence to the whole of the UK at the moment. This is allowing low pressure systems and frontal system to just fringe into northern-west Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the beginning of next week. They can therefore expect rain or showers from time to time.”
The Met Office’s highest recorded temperature for the UK this year was 27.5C at Heathrow in Hillingdon, west London, on May 17.
England and the south-east is set to enjoy the “The hottest weather ” because the high-pressure is not extending across the whole of the country, which will keep thing “Northern areas are cooler”, but they “There will likely be a slight increase in temperature.”, Mr Vautrey said.
UK five-day weather forecast
Many southern and central areas dry with sunny spells, just the odd light shower possible. More scattered showers further north with a few heavy ones mainly Scotland and far north England. Breezy in north but less windy than Saturday.
Showers dying out for most but a few persisting in western parts, mainly upslopes. Becoming cloudier later in northwest. Chilly in parts of the south.
Fine for England and Wales with sunny spells. Cloudier in Northern Ireland and Scotland with some light rain in west, the chance of a heavier shower in north Scotland.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
Dry with good sunny spells and warming temperatures for much of the UK, becoming very warm in places. The northwest will be cloudier and cooler with some rain at times.