Met Office downplays heatwave hopes as Britain to be flushed with cool air

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Britons hoping to enjoy hot weather will be forced to wait as the Met Office has warned of a chillier week with cold nights instead of the heatwave previously forecast. However, by next week temperatures are expected to spike to the mid 20s.

This week many areas are set to be plagued with a brisk wind and cloud cover, making the real-feel much chillier.

However, many areas will still see the mercury rise to 20-22C, according to Met Office Senior Meteorologist Rachel Ayers.

She told “The warmest day in the near future looks set to be Saturday (May 27) with a chance of reaching 23-24C in east Wales/West Midlands area.

“Into next week there will be an ingress of some cooler air into northern and eastern areas but by Wednesday it looks set to become warmer for all again away from windward coasts.”

Netweather Senior forecaster Jo Farrow also warned that over the next week, the UK will experience colder evenings and nights as a chilly breeze sweeps across the country.

She wrote: “The air isn’t from a very warm direction. This isn’t a plume of heat from Africa that has worked its way up over the dry landmass of Iberia and France.

“The sun is strong and will feel warm when the winds are light and temperatures will tip into the low 20s Celsius.

“However, it’s not a taste of early summer when temperatures lift into the high twenties. The air is just not that warm and you will really notice that as the sun goes down.”

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Today is expected to be cloudier but still a “dry, fine day for most”, the Met Office said.

Forecasters predict that the UK will enjoy pleasant conditions during the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

However, according to the Met Office, not everyone will experience the warmer weather as eastern areas are expected to have highs of 15C during the bank holiday.

However, most areas will experience temperatures slightly higher than the May average.

But they are not expected to reach the criteria for a heatwave, which typically involves temperatures ranging from 25 to 28C.

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