Fire up the barbecue! Temperature is set to hit 21C today and will soar to 22C on Sunday – and there could even be a 35C heat plume on the way
- The Met Office forecasts a mild day and weekend across most of the country
The mercury is set to hit 21C in areas of Britain today, with sunshine and little rain coming – and there could even be a 35C heat plume on the way.
The Met Office forecasts a mild day across most of the country, with dry conditions and sunny spells in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
England and Wales are forecast to be more cloudy, and there may be some showers in places, but meteorologists expect it to feel warm in sunnier breaks.
Any showers are likely to ease by this evening, leaving a fine end to the day, while experts predict it to remain largely dry overnight, with clear spells.
Saturday and Sunday are also set to be dry and bright, with warm spells of sunshine as temperatures begin to rise, heading into next week and the bank holiday weekend at the end of the month.
‘A good deal of fine and dry weather’ is expected to follow, with an extreme weather front dubbed the ‘African plume’ potentially bringing highs of 35C.
The Met Office said in its long range forecast: ‘High pressure will dominate over most of the UK through the first half of this period, with settled conditions for most of the country.
‘Exceptions to these settled conditions could develop in the northwest and the southeast, where there may be outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times.
‘Winds will be light across the majority of areas but could be stronger at times in the far northwest and southeast.
‘During the second half of this period, high pressure is expected to continue to lie across much of the UK.
‘This is likely to extend over the southwest and northeast of the country bringing a return to more settled weather.
‘This will bring a good deal of fine and dry weather for the majority of areas.’
It comes after the Met Office yesterday issued a UV warning ahead of the weekend and urged Britons looking to enjoy the sun to make sure they protect their skin.
The sun will be a relief to millions after what has been a miserable spring so far with flooding, thunderstorms and chilly temperatures – and no prolonged period of warm weather since last year.
The average maximum daily temperature for March, April and May up to last week was 10.96C (51.7F), which is 1.17C (34.1F) lower than average.
Temperatures have so far just about got above the 21C (70F) mark this year – hitting a 2023 UK high of 22.6C (72.7F) on Saturday – compared to 28C (82F) by this point last year.
The Met Office has suggested that the lack of warm spring sunshine this year is because the UK has been near-constantly in the path of the jet stream – a core of strong winds about five to seven miles above the surface of the Earth which blows from west to east.
This has brought what has been described as a ‘conveyor belt’ of low pressure weather systems.
The unusual conditions have also been put down to a completely random, ‘natural variation’ of the jet stream – which is also weak this year.
This weakness means there is a great chance of weather systems hitting Britain, because its path is in ‘waves’ rather than a straight line, and therefore cover a bigger area.