Thursday Morning weather: Warm with plenty of sunshine
Weather maps are showing parts of the UK are set to bask in 27C heat as summer begins. Temperatures are set to surpass 20C for the first time this year before rising again as we enter June. Maps are predicting high temperatures from as early as June 3 with the possibility of even higher temperatures in the south east.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast for May 29 to June 7 mirrors those predictions saying: “High pressure will continue to dominate the weather into early June, meaning plenty more dry weather for much of the country.”
Maps from the forecaster show temperatures could reach 28C in central London.
“Overall, temperatures remaining above average, though cooler in some coastal locations where onshore breezes develop,” the forecaster added.
To be categorised as a heatwave in the UK, temperatures need to exceed 25C for at least three days.
However, it doesn’t look set to last as the Met Office said “unsettled conditions” are likely to follow but temperatures remain “above average”.
The long-range forecast from June 8 said: “Through this period there is an increasing likelihood that unsettled conditions will slowly begin to extend northward across the UK from the south, with some heavy, thundery showers and longer spells of rain possible.
“The northwest of the UK is likely to experience the driest conditions. Winds are expected to be light but with stronger sea breezes in some coastal areas at times.
“Temperatures are most likely to be above average overall, though eastern coastal areas may feel cooler, with a greater chance of onshore winds here.”
Before then temperatures across the UK are expected to remain consistently in the high teens and low 20C range until the warmer period.
The Met Office is predicting “plenty of sunshine” across the Spring Bank Holiday meaning people may finally be able to enjoy some time outside following a washout Bank Holiday for the King’s Coronation.
The forecaster’s five-day forecast over the weekend said: “Remaining settled over the weekend and bank holiday. Plenty of sunshine although cloudier in the northwest with patchy rain at times. Feeling warm, but often cool at night.”
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North Wales recorded the highest temperature of the year on Sunday as temperatures soared to 23C in Porthmadog.
Conditions are yet to meet those of last year when the UK saw its warmest year on record in the 364-year Central England Temperature (CET) series from 1659, the world’s longest instrumental record of temperature.
The UK had an average temperature of over 10C recorded for the first time.
The hottest temperatures came in July when temperatures rose above 40C for the first time on record.
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