UK hot weather forecast: Weekend scorcher as 80F blast hits Britain – latest maps

Highs of 26C are expected to hit the south of England today, with a warm and sunny day for much of the UK. The heat will continue into Saturday, with 23C forecast, as the weather charts turn a sunny shade of orange.

Maps from Netweather show highs of 26C to the South of England, with temperatures ranging from 17C to 25C elsewhere.

Temperature maps have turned red with the heat, as today looks to be a warm and sunny day.

Warm weather will continue on Saturday, with Netweather temperature maps showing 23C across much of the UK.

WXCharts forecast maps, which take data from MetCheck, show 23C has kicked in by midday – with Leeds and the surrounding area seeing the best of the sunny weather.

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Much of the east coast of England will see the temperatures reach between 20 and 23C on Saturday afternoon, while the south coast is looking more at about 17 to 19C.

However, heavy rain, thunder and lightning is forecast to dampen the weekend.

The Met Office tweeted: “It is going to be a fine Friday for many of us with some warm sunny spells developing.

“Turning wet by the end of the day in some western areas.”

Some areas may see temperatures in the high teens, but these wetter conditions are forecast to begin on Saturday.

Temperatures are forecast to drop as the weekend goes on due to the Atlantic jetstream bringing wind and rain to much of the UK.

Up to 50mph winds are forecast to hit the country on Saturday as changeable weather settles in.

There is also the potential for flooding in parts of England, as the Environment Agency cautions heavy rain could lead to localised floods.

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Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said: “We are getting some changeable and unsettled period for all parts of the UK over the weekend and most places will see rain over the weekend.

“There will be some rain over the next few days, but most won’t see much impact until the weekend.

“From Saturday onwards we will widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms, with around one inch of rain expected to fall in a short space of time.

“Currently the rain will be focused around the Midlands, East Anglia, Northern England and Scotland.

“Thunderstorms could focus fairly widely – but they are most likely to occur in eastern areas – England and eastern parts of Scotland.”

Sunday may see some sunshine, with Netweather maps again showing 23C highs for the south of England, and the high teens elsewhere.

Conditions will be windy and cool with sunshine and showers on Sunday.

Most of the showers will be seen across the north and west, merging into longer spells of rain in the far northwest.

The best of the sunshine will be felt towards eastern England – where some places here will stay dry all day.

Temperatures ranging from 17C across central Scotland to 22C in the southeast of England.

Heading into next week, it may seem for some as though the summer weather has been put on pause with unsettled weather stretching towards the end of July.

Netweather forecasters write: “Continuing unsettled and cool early next week, with outbreaks of rain spreading northeast across England and Wales during Monday, reaching southern Scotland by the evening.

“Heavy showers or longer spells of rain across England and Wales on Tuesday, Scotland and Northern Ireland drier and sunnier.

“Some uncertainty from mid-week, but high pressure looks to build in bringing drier, sunnier and warmer conditions on Wednesday, but how long high pressure hangs on thereafter a little uncertain for now.”

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