Britain to be hotter than Morocco as first heat spike set to hit in hours

UK weather: Sunshine and mild temperatures forecast by Met Office

The Met Office has confirmed the UK’s first hot weather influx this week, with temperatures set to ramp up to around 24C ahead of the last Bank Holiday weekend of the month. Describing this coming weekend as an also “very warm” period, the leading UK forecaster says the south will bask in the peak of a rising mercury with thermometers pushing above those in Morocco. 

In its long-range outlook from this Friday into early June, it says: “The start of this period sees generally settled conditions across many parts of the UK, with sunny spells for many.

“Northern regions may see more cloud at times, with weakening bands of rain possible. Temperatures should be above average for most. Feeling warm away from windward eastern coasts, perhaps very warm for the south.”

According to weather predictions on Google, Morocco will hover around the 23C mark by mid-week, with the UK set to exceed this by one degree. 

Brian Gaze, the founder of The Weather Outlook, said on his website that temperatures are likely to hang around. He said: “The upcoming week will bring predominantly dry and warm weather. While daily variations are expected, settled conditions are likely to persist until the month’s end.

“In contrast to the prolonged wet and gloomy periods experienced earlier in the meteorological spring, it appears the season will conclude on a markedly different note.”

Looking into early June, which is just over a week away, the Met Office says high pressure, which is responsible for the hot weather influx, will bring unsettled weather to the UK, despite producing a spike in temperatures. 

This is because conditions will remain warm, which in turn will create thundery showers, which the Met Office says will centre on southern England. 

Met Office meteorologist Aiden McGivern said on his Twitter channel: “Consistent signal for above average temperatures at least into the start of June, if not beyond.

“At the same time, there’s a signal for decreasing pressure and increasing rainfall, especially in the south.

“Looks like high pressure over the UK rest of May could drift towards the north, allowing lower pressure and rain or showers to arrive from the south during June.”

While many are branding this upcoming period a heatwave, or a “mini heatwave”, there are certain temperature thresholds which have to be met for forecasters to declare such a weather event. These generally are around the mid-to-late 20s. 

Ian Finnis, a forecaster from Netweather, gave his verdict for the rest of this week. He said: “Thursday again dominated by high pressure, so mostly dry and fine with some sunshine, though there are signs that cloud may build enough to bring a few showers across central areas.”

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“Friday’s looking dry and sunny for many, perhaps more in the way of cloud in the far northwest though.

“Not much change next weekend. High pressure looks to remain in control bringing fine and settled conditions with sunny spells by day across southern parts of Britain.

“Northern areas may experience more in the way of cloud, especially Saturday – as an Atlantic front drops in, which may produce a little rain.”

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