Maps turn red for 10 days as 26C October mini-heatwave scorches Britain
The Met Office has forecasted unusually warm weather for at least a 10-day stretch in October.
From October 7 to October 16, temperatures are expected to rise to highs of 24C according to the Met Office, while the BBC thinks in parts of London and the South East it could reach 26C this weekend.
Weather maps show the UK swamped in sunshine and Jim Dale, a weather meteorologist for British Weather Services, said there will be “pleasant” temperatures throughout the first half of October.
The BBC’s monthly outlook says: “High pressure should become more dominant for a while through the second half of next week and potentially towards mid-October especially in southern and eastern areas, so some drier weather should ensue.”
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Mr Dale, meanwhile, told Express.co.uk: “I am looking at Sunday in the South East reaching 22C to 23C – but it’s a short-lived affair. But still, it will be pleasant – it will be the calm after the storm.
“Into next week, there will be a north-south split – the South East is not seeing very much in the way of wind and rain – just temperate temperatures until mid-October.
“There will be enough pleasant days – but we won’t go into an Indian summer as we’ll need a few days linked together – where as at the moment it just looks like a day or two.”
The Met Office’s prediction for the start of October reads: “Sunday will bring a day of sunshine and showers with brisk winds, strongest in the north, with lighter winds further south.
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“This autumnal trend of changeable conditions is set to continue through the first half of this period. However, with time, it looks like we will see lengthier drier spells between Atlantic frontal systems later into the period, perhaps more so further south and east.
“By way of contrast, areas further north and west will probably remain more unsettled with occasional rain and stronger winds at times. There is a chance of a more widely settled spell towards the end of the period, potentially bringing drier conditions further north.
“Temperatures are likely to be above average, with a chance of chilly nights accompanied by mist or fog patches in settled conditions.”
Weather maps show Saturday, October 7 or Sunday, October 8 as the days where temperatures will peak highs of 24C to 26C in some parts of the UK.
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The South East will see highs one or two degrees above what the North can expect.
While rain has been forecasted for this week, it’s expected to fall intermittently with sunshine dominating this weekend.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “As we move towards the weekend, a ridge of high pressure from the south is expected to bring a period of more settled weather, though some showers could continue in northern and western areas for a time.”
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