Thursday morning weather: Dry and bright, turning unsettled
Weather maps show when the UK is set to be hit by soaring temperatures. A European heatwave has been sweeping across the continent in recent weeks, with both Spain and France recording record-breaking temperatures. Last week Cordoba airport in south Spain reached a record 38.3C, breaking the previous record of 37.4C in Murcia in 2011. Now the UK could be next as temperatures are set to reach highs of 21C in the coming weeks.
Those hoping to enjoy some early summer sun could be in luck as the heatwave hitting Europe looks to be making its way to the UK, but it will not deliver such balmy thermometer readings.
Long-range weather maps show May 17 as the exact day the UK will see this year’s highest temperatures. A Netweather forecaster May looks like a “warmer-than-average month” with the possibility of an “early hot spell” towards the end of May.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast said: “High pressure looks to build from the west or southwest, meaning further Atlantic frontal zones will likely be deflected towards the northwest of the UK, as many other areas becoming mostly dry, at least for a time.
“Winds should also ease for most, compared to the start of this period, and will feel warm in the best of the sunshine.”
However, we might not be so lucky this Coronation weekend as forecasts show a wash up for the bank holiday.
The Met Office predicts “unsettled weather” with “showers of longer spells of rain for many”.The forecaster also warns of the possibility of “thunder downpours” on Sunday, which could affect the Coronation concert taking place outside Windsor Castle.
Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster, Steven Keates, said: “On Saturday we will see some heavy rain moving into the southwest in the early hours which will move northeastwards through the morning.
“This is likely to bring some rain to London by around lunchtime as it spreads east and north across roughly the southern third of the UK.
“Further north in Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland it will be a day of sunshine and showers before the more persistent rain moves northwards overnight. It will feel humid, especially in the south, with highs of 18C possible in London.”
Bank Holiday Monday doesn’t look to be much better with the possibility of more “thundery showers” in central, eastern and southern England with the northeast looking “daily grey and wet”.
The Met Office said: “Monday will see another band of rain move east across the UK, followed by sunshine and showers, although there are currently some uncertainties in the timing of this.
“Further ahead there are signals for higher pressure to become more dominant by later next week bringing a more settled spell.”
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Europe’s heat is rising
The heatwave hitting Europe began over northern Africa, accompanied by a slow-moving weather system.
Spain had a brief respite over the weekend but temperatures are set to rise again with forecasters warning that almost no Spanish city will drop below 20C this Friday.
The country is also facing issues over a possible drought situation as the forecast says no rainfall is expected in the coming days.
The Met Office suggested that 2023 will be the 10th successive year that temperatures have reached at least 1C above pre-industrial levels.
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