The Met Office said the UK could hit highs of 24C this weekend, which would be the warmest temperature of the year so far and hotter than the Spanish island of Ibiza
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Brits can enjoy a scorching weekend of sunshine and blue skies for much of the country as mercury is set to rise to 24C making it the hottest day of the year.
The temperature has risen in recent days as unsettled weather slowly gives way to a North African plume of hot air rising from the south.
But along with hot weather ideal for BBQ’s, the Met Office has issued a warning that there could be showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Saturday could see “widespread 16-19C – at 24C the possible high in the Southeast,” according to meteorologist Aidan McGivern, and that would make it the warmest day of the year so far.
And the hot temperatures make it warmer than holiday hotspots in Spain like Barcelona or Ibiza.
Widespread sunshine is forecast from the north of Scotland to the south of England, with only a few patchy clouds in the north and west.
The warm air is also likely to trigger some heavy showers.
Mr McGivern said: “By Saturday evening these showers would be emerging across the south west and spreading quite far into the southern parts of England and South Wales.
“In some places it would just be a shower, but central and southern England and the south coast are at risk of heavy downpours, thunderstorms and frequent lightning.”
Sunday looks like another warm day.
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The warm air from North Africa is expected to ensure above-average temperatures in the coming week, but will continue to be broken by possibly heavy showers or thunderstorms.
The Met Office said parts of the south-east could potentially hit highs of 25C to 27C for the week.
Met Office spokesman Richard Miles said “at the moment Tuesday looks like the warmest day of the week”.
Throughout the week, some people will enjoy warm, sunny spells, but heavy showers will sweep across the country, particularly in the north and west.
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These can be thunderstorms at times in parts of the South, Central England and South West Scotland.
Andy Page, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: “The warm cloud of air we’ve been expecting from the south will bring higher temperatures across the country over the next week.
“However, it looks like the effects of the Atlantic lows will prevent a sustained high pressure build-up from the east.
“This means that while we will see some warm – and in places very warm – days, overall the next week will feel more like what we would expect from a warm period in May with some heavy showers, and not from hot summer weather. “
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Mostly nice and warm today.
Light rain and drizzle slowly dissipating over northern Scotland. Dry elsewhere with plenty of warm sunshine and light winds. Some showers will reach parts of South West England towards evening.
North Britain stays dry with clear spells. Showers in the south-west, at times heavy with a low risk of thunderstorms, moving slowly north-east.
Clouds and rain showers move north across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland. Lightens in the south and feels warm and humid.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Warm with intermittent showers or longer rain showers, intermittent thunderstorms. Best dry, sunny weather in the South East. Some east coasts cooler and foggy.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-forecast-brits-set-26962437 UK weather forecast: Brits are set to sizzle for the hottest weekend of the year with highs of 24C