This week has already turned out to be an absolute scorcher, with temperatures expected to reach highs of 29C in parts of the southeast today. The sunny spell will continue for much of the south of England this week, although there is a risk of thunderstorms and strong winds from Thursday. But by bank holiday Monday, Britons can expect to bask in highs of 24C again – as the warm plume of air returns.
NetWeather forecast the southeast can expect to bask in highs of 26C on Thursday, as the sunny spell persists.
The midlands and West Country can also expect to see the mercury remain in the early 20s.
But the Met Office warn the weather could turn from Thursday, as an area of low pressure is due to move across the UK.
The change in pressure is expected to drive down temperatures and bring with it spells of strong winds and risks of thunderstorms.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen, said: “Thursday will be another warm day with hazy sunshine although there is the potential for thunderstorms to develop across England, Wales and southeast Scotland.
“It is across east and southeast England where these are most likely, with frequent lightning, hail and torrential downpours of up to 40mm in a few hours all possible.”
But some parts of the UK could avoid the rainy spells and continue to soak up the early summer sun.
Friday is expected to be slightly cooler, with highs of 20C in the south east.
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The north of England is forecast to remain in the mid-teens, with the mercury falling below 10C in some parts of western Scotland.
Saturday will be much of the same, with sunny intervals and similar temperatures as the day before.
From Sunday temperatures are forecast to rise again, with much of the UK basking in sunny spells.
The mercury is set to rise across all parts of the country, with the south experiencing the best of the heatwave.
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The Met Office says from Sunday: “The beginning of this period is likely to see a return to more settled conditions, bringing plenty of fine and dry weather, with temperatures recovering to above average.”
Bank holiday Monday will be another scorcher, with Netweather forecasting highs of 24 in the capital.
The rest of the UK can expect to bask in similar highs, with an average of 19C felt elsewhere.
But as people return to work on Tuesday, or their home office, the mercury is expected to soar to 27C in the south east – with similar highs seen in Wales, the West Midlands and the west of England.
The warm temperatures will persist through the rest of next week and into the first week of June.
BBC weather said: “Next week is likely to see an area of high pressure dominating the weather.
“Therefore, much of the UK is likely to be often dry with gentle winds.
“Temperatures are likely to alternate between near and above the average, so it should be warm at times.”
They added the start of June will see the strength of the sun continue to build, meaning we can expect “strong and warm sunshine”.
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