Temperatures are likely to soar to 33C in some places when a “Spanish cloud” hits Britain on Friday, making it the hottest day of the year with Britain warmer than Hawaii
The Met Office has warned of an “unusually” hot heatwave in the UK this week.
Temperatures are likely to rise to 33C as a “Spanish cloud” hits the UK on Friday, forecasters have said.
The hottest day of the year so far came on May 17, when mercury hit 27.5C at Heathrow.
Predicted highs are well above average for this time of year, making the UK hotter than Hawaii.
The Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “Temperatures will rise throughout the week and will be well above average by Friday, when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to see 30C or even 33C in single spots will reach C.
“This is the first hot spell this year and it is still unusual for the temperature to exceed these levels in June.
“Some warm nights are also expected in many areas, with temperatures expected to be in the mid to high teens overnight.”
The UK has not experienced temperatures in the mid 30sC in June since 1976.
The unseasonably hot weather is expected to start on Wednesday, when the mercury will creep to 27C in places.
In its forecast for Wednesday, the Met Office said: “It will be hot in the south with some strong sunshine. Cooler and cloudier in Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
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The weather forecaster said Thursday is expected to be another “hot and sunny day” for much of England and Wales, with highs of 27C, although temperatures will be cooler in the North West.
On Friday, the Met Office said: “Hot air from the continent will bring temperatures around 30C in the south and some strong sunshine.”
Temperatures could reach 25C in Manchester, 21C in Edinburgh, 22C in Belfast and 23C in Cardiff.
Meanwhile, pollen counts will be ‘high to very high’ for much of England and Wales throughout the week, while low to moderate counts are expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Weather Service said: “It’s peak grass pollen season, so hay fever sufferers may need to take precautions.”
Heat was pushed into Europe from the North African desert, bringing muggy conditions to Spain and France.
Spain’s weather agency last week warned of “extreme” temperatures of 40C and higher in some locations.
The Met Office had warned ex-tropical storm Alex would bring strong winds and showers on Friday and Saturday, particularly across western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The weather for the rest of today is expected to be dry with some bright and sunny spells in England and Wales, while Northern Ireland and Scotland could experience some showers.
UK 5 day forecast
Fine for England and Wales with sunny spells. Scotland and Northern Ireland cloudier with light rain – most common in North West Scotland but heavier showers also possible in North East Scotland. In the sunnier southeast it is quite warm. Some cloudy areas but mostly clear and locally cool in the south. Cloudy in the northwest with scattered rain.
Much of Scotland and Northern Ireland will be cloudy with intermittent rain, particularly in the North West. Otherwise mostly dry with changing clouds and sunny intervals. Feeling warm in the sun.
Wednesday to friday
Persistent cloud, rain and windy conditions in the Northwest. Otherwise mostly dry with isolated rays of sunshine and becoming increasingly warmer. Potentially hot through Friday in the south with a few scattered showers.
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