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EXACT date 20C blast to hit Britain this week as Met Office reveals Jubilee heatwave


BRITS are in for a 20C scorcher in just days when a nine-day mini heatwave sets the scene for three months of glorious weather.

Temperatures will start to heat up from May 5, with experts predicting the mercury will hit 20C, with plenty of warm air and sunshine forecast

Thursday will become balmy with minimum temperatures of 18C, before hitting 19C in time for the weekend.

London and the south-east are set to see the best of the warm weather with a scorching 20C predicted to hit the capital.

Forecasters have predicted warm weather stints in the second half of May, with hot spells in June even more likely.

It’s all thanks to a “Spanish sizzler” blowing in from the continent in the week of the Jubilee from June 2 to 5, when Her Majesty will mark 70 years on the throne.

The MEt Office’s long-range outlook over the period states: “Chances of hot weather and heatwaves are increased compared to average, especially later in the period. There is an increase in the likelihood of warmer-than-average conditions over the three months.”

Read our UK weather live blog below for the latest forecasts and updates…

  • May at risk of heavy showers

    Mainly fine and rather warm Thursday, though some rain for northern, and perhaps western, areas.

    The band of rain, locally heavy, moves southeast across the UK Friday, with settled weather following.

  • ‘Wall-to-wall sunshine’

    Conditions on Thursday will be warmer than Saint-Tropez in France, and Crete in Greece – but meteorologists warned not to expect “wall-to-wall sunshine”.

    The South East of England will revel in the best of the sunshine, with dry and sunny spells predicted for the rest of the country.

    But those in the north and west have been warned of rain or showers as the weekend rolls in, before the weather settles down again.

  • This evenings London forecast

    Dry with variable amounts of cloud this evening, perhaps a few clear spells for some.

    Becoming increasingly cloudy with patchy rain later in the night, the rain becoming persistent and more widespread by dawn.

    Londoners can expect minimum temperatures of 6 °C.

  • The temperature is set to drop in Edinburgh this Saturday

    Despite the sunny weather on Friday, the Scottish capital will experience heavy rain.

    Dampening the warmth from the sunshine leading into Saturday, temperatures are expected to drop from 16C to 12C with more heavy rain.

    Sunday leading into next week are likely to go back up to 16C but with cloudy skies.

  • Cardiff is set to experience nice weather very soon

    While the rest of the UK is waiting for the warm weather this weekend, those in the Welsh capital are a little luckier.

    The warm weather is heading Wales sooner.

    With low chances of rain over the next few days, those in Cardiff might be wise to wear layers over the next few days.

  • Weather outlook for Wednesday to Friday

    Showery rain pushes east Weds, with showers potentially heavy/thundery in the east for a time early afternoon.

    Thereafter, variable cloud and some occasional rain/showers.

    Becoming rather warm/warm for many.

  • Thank goodness – Bank Holidays with good weather

    During a year with more Bank Holidays than usual, we’re set to get lucky.

    For the first year in a while, we’ll have the freedom to travel and spend time with loved ones for all the Bank Holidays.

    Thankfully, they’re all currently looking to have good weather so a Bank Holiday barbecue or trip to the seaside may be on the cards.

  • Platinum Jubilee scorcher with 30C predicted

    It comes as a platinum Jubilee weekend roast is on the cards with highs of 30C expected.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza.

    It will of course mean sun-starved Brits can celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

  • Steadily better weather in Belfast this week

    Today’s the coldest day this week for those in Northern Ireland.

    With temperatures reaching at least 17C this weekend, it’ll be getting warmer by a degree each day this week.

    Friday is likely to be a great end to the working week with sunshine expected across the country.

  • Watch out for thunder tomorrow!

    This week isn’t likely to be cold, but it’s certainly not sunbathing weather.

    Beware the showers and if you’re in central or eastern parts of England, note those showers might get heavy potentially bringing hail and thunder tomorrow.

    The west and north are expected to be a lot drier with sunny spells developing.

  • It’s getting warmer so get ready for sunshine

    After the next few days of grey cloud scattered showers, temperatures will be rising across the UK.

    Finally, Summer is on the horizon!

  • Take the Met Office Pollen Quiz

    Hay fever affects a large proportion of our society.

    According to allergyuk.org, 10-15% of children have hay fever, while 26% of adults in the UK deal with it.

    With such large numbers across the UK dealing with the allergy, why not find out more and take the Met Office Quiz here!

  • What is Climate Change and are we really to blame?

    Climate Change has been a buzzword for years now resulting in a lot of guilt, but what is it? And are we really at fault?

    According to the Met Office, prior to the Industrial Revolution the average world temperature sat at a relatively stable 14C.

    But then humans began burning a lot of coal, gas and oil for fuel resulting in energy, which we needed, but also greenhouse gases which contribute to the warming world average.

    In the UK, we can expect to see the following due to rising temperatures.

    • Warmer and wetter winters
    • Hotter and drier summers
    • More frequent and intense weather extremes
    Projection of global temperatures according to the Met Office
    Projection of global temperatures according to the Met Office
  • Stay prepared with the weather map

    It’s probably safer to always carry both sun screen and an umbrella, but know what’s coming with the detailed weather map.

    The Met Office offer a detailed weather map that updates every 5 minutes.

    This puts you in charge of your day – no need to get caught out in a sudden shower again!

  • Better weather is coming this weekend

    It’s set to be dry and milder this weekend leading into next week.

    In particular, the south will likely enjoy some lovely weather.

    Northerly areas will see a scattering of showers, though temperatures are expected to remain above average across the UK apart from in coastal areas.

  • Cloudy tonight with bursts of showers

    In some areas the showers will be heavy downpours.

    The showers will be moving east across central and northern areas.

  • ‘Showers’ is the word of the week

    With bursts of sunlight across the UK from time to time, it won’t be the main weather we have.

    While mild in most areas, many will receive a range of cloud and grey skies this week.

    There will be intermittent showers throughout the week as well, so keep your brolly close!

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  • ‘Scattered showers’ this month

    Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said: “We were spoiled during April with warm and sunny weather.

    “It’s sod’s law then that after one of the driest Aprils, we’re now going to start May off with scattered showers.”

    It comes ahead of an expected sizzler for the Queen’s Jubilee, with temperatures potentially reaching highs of 30C.

  • Platinum Jubilee scorcher with 30C predicted

    It comes as a platinum Jubilee weekend roast is on the cards with highs of 30C expected.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza.

    It will of course mean sun-starved Brits can celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

  • The week ahead

    Rather cloudy for many today though a few sunny intervals are likely.

    Scattered showers affecting some areas, with a few heavy ones possible during the afternoon across central and southern England.

  • End of May will bring ‘spells of rain and showers’

    Into the second half of May lower pressure is more likely, bringing a change to more generally unsettled conditions, with spells of rain or showers for most.

    However, some drier spells are still possible in the south.

    Temperatures are likely to remain near or above normal throughout.

  • Highs of 18C today

    London will be widely cloudy through the morning with a few outbreaks of rain or showers, though amounts generally small.

    Some brighter, warmer spells likely by the afternoon but light winds will remain with maximum temperatures of 18 °C.

  • Warm weather stints forecast from second half of May

    Forecasters have predicted warm weather stints in the second half of May, with hot spells in June even more likely.

    It’s all thanks to a “Spanish sizzler” blowing in from the continent in the week of the Jubilee from June 2 to 5, when Her Majesty will mark 70 years on the throne.

    The MEt Office’s long-range outlook over the period states: “Chances of hot weather and heatwaves are increased compared to average, especially later in the period. There is an increase in the likelihood of warmer-than-average conditions over the three months.”

  • ‘Extreme heat can pop up at short notice’

    A forecaster said: “Temperatures are expected to be close to or above normal throughout the period to May 13, with some bright weather.

    “May 13 to 27 has temperatures most likely above normal for all areas, with an increased chance of warm spells.

    “The South looks drier, with showers possible in the North.”

    But ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “There’ll be a warming trend ahead – and extreme heat can crop up at short notice.”





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