UK weather: Seven-day heatwave in Spain and the hottest day of the year is imminent

While the southern parts of the UK are getting muggier, the picture is very different in parts of Northern Ireland and western Scotland, which are likely to be much cloudier and exposed to strong winds

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Met Office forecast “pleasant and fair” weather

Britain is set to burst into flames in seven days of sunshine as Spain’s heatwave rips through Europe.

London and the south-east of England could be smoldering in the hottest temperatures of the year so far when mercury hits the “low 30s” late next week.

Jonathan Vautrey, Met Office meteorologist, said: “As we approach the end of the week we are beginning to receive the signal for the potential for significant heat development from the south.”

As temperatures hit around 23C in Greater London on Saturday afternoon, he said there is “a lot of sunshine in the south of England which helps things feel quite warm”.

Temperatures in London and the South East are expected to top 30C

Spain is currently in the midst of a heatwave brought on by Storm Alex and a cloud of hot air over North Africa, with temperatures forecast to reach 44C.

Mr Vautrey added: “There is a signal that the heat that we are currently having over Spain – I think they are experiencing fairly high temperatures at the moment – could be moving north into the south-eastern areas of the UK, at least for the end of the week .

“So right now the model is looking to get us into the mid 20s by mid-week and then potentially into the low 30s on Friday, which would be the warmest conditions we’ve seen over the course of this year. “

Today is dry with intermittent sun rays in the south and in the middle

However, some parts of the UK will miss out on the sun.

Mr Vautrey said: “If we look further north-west it’s a very different story, so the western areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland are a lot cloudier today and we’re actually seeing some very unusually strong winds, so we’ve seen storms across north-west Scotland, the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides and places like this where it rains too so temperatures struggle a bit more here.

“It is the east side of Scotland that has been moving towards the high teens in terms of its temperature and has only seen a few drier and lighter spells.”

The Met Office had warned that extropical storm Alex would bring strong winds and showers on Friday and Saturday this week, particularly across western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Mr Vautrey added: “We will continue this North/West-South/East split slightly into next week too, so we have a high-pressure build-up in the South which allows things to remain relatively settled.

“Right now (it) is not properly extending its influence across the whole of the UK and that is allowing low pressure and frontal systems to also invade North West Scotland and Northern Ireland by early next week. Expect some showers and showers at times.”

The Met Office’s highest recorded temperature for the UK this year was 27.5C at Heathrow in Hillingdon, west London, on 17 May.

England and the south-east are expected to enjoy the “hottest weather” as the high pressure isn’t spreading across the country, which will keep things “cooler in the northern areas”, but they “are likely to still see a gradual rise in temperature,” he said Mr. Vautrey.

There will be warming temperatures across much of the UK mid-week

Five day weather forecast for Great Britain


Many southern and central areas dry with sunny spells, only the odd light shower is possible. More scattered showers further north with some heavy showers mainly in Scotland and the far north of England. Windy in the north but less windy than on Saturday.

This evening:

The showers will disappear for most, but some will persist in western parts, mainly on the slopes. In the northwest it will be cloudier later. Cool in parts of the south.


Fine for England and Wales with sunny spells. Cloudier in Northern Ireland and Scotland with light rain in the west, chance of heavier showers in Northern Scotland.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Dry with good spells of sunshine and warming temperatures for much of the UK, becoming very warm in places. The northwest is cloudier and cooler with intermittent rain.

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