UK heatwave warning as temperatures could reach 35C – when African plume may hit

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    Weather forecasters have warned of an African plume heading to the UK, with many now excited about a possible imminent heatwave.

    The Met Office revealed there is an "increased likelihood of above average temperatures for many" in June in what will come as welcome news to Brits fed up with the spring's dreary weather.

    And other forecasters have also predicted an African plume will first hit the country next month, which could see parts of the UK roast in climates of more than 30C.

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    Before that, "high pressure", particularly in the North, is expected to swoop in towards the end of May.

    The Met Office states: "The most likely scenario for the end of May is for drier weather in the north, with an increased chance of periods of rain and possibly thunder in the south and southwest.

    "Into June, high pressure is predicted to remain dominant, especially for northern areas, with cloud, rain and showers more likely to the south, although there is a level of uncertainty associated with this. An increased likelihood of above average temperatures for many."

    James Madden of Exacta Weather had a similar prediction and, looking to the late summer, predicted hot days ahead.

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    "A number of African plumes are also likely from later in August and into September, and very early indications and some strong indicators are for a warm to hot September this year," he said.

    "The peak of these heat surges in June and July could see maximum temperatures ranging in the low to mid-30s, and the late summer/August heatwave could sign off summer 2023 with temperatures ranging a notch or two higher than this."

    But, according to the BBC, we won't have to wait that long until the mercury starts to climb, with temperatures set to increase as early as the end of next week.

    BBC forecaster Stav Danaos said: "The outlook as we end the week, push into the new weekend the following week, high pressure dominates the scene, keeps most of these weather systems at bay and will start to import some slightly warmer air on an easterly wind off the near continent.

    "So you will see from the air mass chart really, towards the end of the week, the weekend, into the following week, we keep these blue colours, the colder weather away, maybe tap into something a little bit warmer from the near continent."

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