Met Office issues ‘mini-heatwave’ map showing when 27C scorcher will bake UK
Temperatures are set to rise gradually towards their peak next week as the UK is bathed in a mini heatwave.
Met Office data suggests the high temperatures will be above average for the time of year.
Despite the seasonally high temperatures, this mini-heatwave is not expected to last for long as temperatures gradually fall once more.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin: “With high pressure controlling our weather for the next week and a half at least, this could be a very short 10-day trend but there’s always something interesting to look at weather-wise.”
Mr Deakin added: “Slow-moving weather patterns will dominate the weather scene throughout next week and the first week of June. High pressure is going to be nearby, so we’re likely to see a continuation of the dry weather.”
Mr Deakin said the UK was sticking out like a “dry thumb” compared to other countries in Europe which will be experiencing rain.
He said: “We could start to see a slight change throughout the back end of next week.”
According to experts, Britain may get some rain which could threaten the nation’s hot and dry spell, but it is too early to tell.
The hot start on June 1, the official day meteorological summer begins, will see vast swathes of the country subject to scorching early-summer sun.
The southern coast of the country will be treated to highs of 27C while western Scotland and the northwest will see a lesser increase of one or two degrees.
Similar rises are expected on June 2 and June 3. On June 4, temperatures will remain warm, but by this point, there could be signs of a decline as thunder and lightning could appear on the horizon.
Speaking to the Daily Star, senior meteorologist Jim Dale at British Weather Services said: “I think it’s 50/50 for 30C in the first 10 days of June, but it is all down to us receiving the necessary sustained airflow from North Africa.”
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Mr Dale added: “The high pressure is in the wrong place right now, but it’s a 50/50 in that time slot.”
The Met Office’s long-range forecasts suggest that changes could be expected in the middle of June.
They said: “High pressure continues to be the dominant feature at the start of the period. Most areas should remain predominantly dry with a fair amount of sunshine.
“Light winds are likely in most of the UK, but some southern and eastern areas will see breezier conditions. Remaining warm for most of the country, but feeling cooler along coasts, where onshore winds occur.”
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