UK weather forecast: First ‘hot spell’ of the year with blistering highs of 33C this week

The Met Office is predicting the “first hot spell” of the year, with the temperature rising throughout the week, reaching a high on Friday where it could be 33C in the south

The temperature is expected to rise gradually this week
The temperature is expected to rise gradually this week

Brits will enjoy scorching temperatures this week, rising from a high of 24C today to a high on Friday with the mercury reaching 33C.

A high-pressure system in the south of the country will bring warm weather, then let in even hotter air from the south as it moves east on Thursday.

The sweltering heat affecting Spain will return on Friday before temperatures are expected to drop slightly over the weekend.

While most of the country will be hot and sunny in the coming days, a low pressure over north-west Scotland means it will be cooler there.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said it will be the first “hot spell” of the year with the highest temperatures yet.

The hottest day is expected to be Friday with an Iberian cloud


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He said: “The first hot spell of weather of the year for some parts of the country and temperatures building up across the UK in general as high pressure is set to dominate.

“It dominates, but it doesn’t control everything. Sometimes weather fronts breaking in from the Atlantic bring more cloud and patchy rain to the western parts of Scotland.

“But if that high starts to move east, we’ll be tapping a plume of even hotter air from the south, and that will cause temperatures to peak across the country on Friday.”

The Met Office calls it the “first hot spell” of the year



Looking ahead to today, Mr Deakin said that while it will be hot in the south, temperatures will still be quite mild in the north of Scotland.

“The high is controlling things across most of the country as we head into Tuesday,” he continued.

“A chilly start actually and we will see a fine and sunny day for most but a scattered shower or two is still possible over northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland. Very successful, we will see heavier clouds and rain at times.” the Highlands and the Western Isles and maybe the Shetlands too.

After peaking on Friday, temperatures are expected to cool slightly over the weekend


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“Earlier patchy rain in north east Scotland should tend to fizzle out leaving more sunshine for England and Wales compared to Monday and higher temperatures as a result. High teens, low 20C, for most maybe up to 24C in the South East compared to 13C or 14C in the Western Isles.”

Then temperatures are likely to rise to highs of 28C on Wednesday and Thursday before mercury could hit 33C on Friday – and it’s expected to be hot and sunny across most of the UK.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Calm and dry with light winds except North West Scotland.


Cloudy with showers, brisk winds and cool temperatures in the far north and north west of Scotland. Dry elsewhere save for an isolated shower, with bright or sunny spells, light winds and warm to locally very warm temperatures.

This evening:

The north, particularly the north-west, will remain cloudier, with more spells of rain affecting north-west Scotland. Dry elsewhere with clear periods developing and becoming locally cool.


Similar to Tuesday although increased risk of showers for Northern Ireland. Generally warmer again for all, locally very hot in central and southern England.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Bursts of rain in the northwest, otherwise dry with intermittent rays of sunshine becoming very warm or hot through Friday. On Saturday getting cooler from the northwest, thunderstorms in the south.

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