BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of rain over weekend
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The UK is braced for temperatures to reach highs of 21C on Sunday, according to the Met Office. The latest temperature maps produced by NetWeather also show the south of England turning a shade of orange on Sunday. Much of the balmy conditions appear to come from western areas of France as the mercury peaks at 26C on the other side of the Channel.
The upturn in temperatures comes as the UK is caught in between a wet weather system from the Atlantic and plumes of warm air from Europe.
Britons should also expect spells of showers, especially across northern and western parts of the country, starting from this evening.
A band of rain will move in an easterly direction from Wales overnight and into Saturday morning.
The wet weather system is set to push further north as the day progresses, but will begin to clear into the afternoon, with spells of sunshine and the mercury reaching the high teens.
Met Office forecaster Aiden McGivern said: “Brighter skies later in the afternoon for Northern Ireland a few showers here as well as southern parts of England, 15-17C if we get some sunshine.
“In fact, if we get enough sunshine, even higher than 17C in the southeast, so it does look brighter later into the day for southern areas and then into the west as well.”
Temperatures will remain fairly mild overnight as showers persist over much of the UK.
On Sunday, isolated showers begin to move in an easterly direction, but by the afternoon warm air from the continent will arrive sending temperatures rising into the 20Cs.
Met Office charts show blistering heat over Europe and Mr McGiven says on Sunday the UK will start “pulling in this warmth” and predicted highs of 21C across East Anglia.
He said: “By Sunday morning with all of this weather going on, of course it’s going to be frost free, in fact temperatures are much higher on Sunday morning than they have been recently during the mornings, 10-12C generally.
“Here is the position of the cold front on Sunday, it is making its way further east but just ahead of it we’re pulling in this warmth that is particularly evident over the continent, but it could just affect East Anglia and the South East.”
But, the spells of rain and warm air moving in could also increase the threat of thunderstorms.
Mr McGivern added: “On the whole temperatures are a bit higher in most places compared to Saturday and recent days in fact, and given enough sunshine, 20C or even 21C is possible in East Anglia, a brief warm spell before we are back to average on Monday.”
BBC Weather presenter and meteorologist Simon King added if a temperature over 20C is recorded then it will be only the second time the mercury has risen above the teens in five weeks.
He wrote on Twitter: “We’ve seen the temperature somewhere in the UK get above 20’C only ONCE since 1st April.
“On Sunday it’ll make it the 2nd time in 5 weeks! Might have to dodge the showers but crack out the BBQ.”
The brief spell of warm weather is set to be short-lived as an area of low pressure begins to move over the UK next week.
Showers are forecast during the early part of next week before turning heavier by Wednesday and into Thursday.
Netweather.TV forecaster Nick Finnis said: “Unsettled, but at least, milder and frost-free theme continuing next week.
“Low pressure will be close to the west early next week, so remaining breezy, with sunny spells and heavy showers in places, perhaps longer spells of rain locally.
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“Low pressure close to the west eventually sinking southeast across southern Britain from mid-week then on into northern France by the end of the week.
“Heavy showers breaking out across many areas Wednesday and Thursday, before becoming more confined to the south on Friday, as high pressure builds across the north.
“Temperatures reaching average values during the day, the low teens in the north, mid-to-high teens in the south.”
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