Britain set to bask in 22C heat as summer arrives in days

Monday afternoon weather: Some showers and feeling cooler

The end is in sight for Britain’s dull and grey weather – at least for the next few days as temperatures are poised to increase. From this weekend, much of the country will be enjoying highs of up to 22C, with northern England, Ireland and Scotland to get the strongest blast of heat. Southern regions will only be three to four degrees behind, but, in all, the latter half of May looks set to mark the start of summer. 

Come Sunday, the mercury will remain warm, with the Met Office confirming a high pressure system will begin to dominate from next week. 

Alex Deakin, from the Met Office, said: “The high pressure extending across the country will be the dominant feature, so things are likely to stay dry into the weekend.”

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist for British Weather Services, told “There’s going to be a mostly settled and pleasant 10 days ahead but and as previously prescribed, no heatwaves.

“This is essentially caused by high pressure – all home baked – very little out of the south hence why we are lacking any major heat.”

Mr Dale rubbished claims of an African plume heading to Britain in the coming days, but said it was not entirely out of the question in June. He said the mercury may catapult to 35C, bringing back memories of last year’s scorching and record-breaking summer. 

He added higher temperatures are likely to come, but the UK’s weather hinges on a southerly flow. He added : “July and August are always the peak months; but sustained heat is becoming a tad overdue.

“Though it will depend upon the synoptic situation (southerly flow) in place.” 

Will the hot weather stay?

Forecasters seem sure that much of Britain, especially land-locked towns and cities, should see prolonged warmer weather for at least 10 days to a fortnight.

According to Netweather’s Jo Farrow, the mercury will start to ramp up next week as high pressure gets a firm grip on the country. 

She said in her blog: “Next week looks warmer than average across the UK on the ECM outlook charts. The UK is often in a col, the area between two high pressures (this time over Scandinavia and the eastern Atlantic) and two low pressures.

“It’s a slightly frustrating area to forecast for. It doesn’t tend to attract severe weather, but the details of showers or wind direction can remain elusive yet significant.”

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This week’s bitesize weather from the Met Office

Rest of Monday

Rain clearing the east of England, then cooler with sunny spells and scattered showers, these mostly across northern and eastern areas where a few will be heavy, possibly with thunder.

Tuesday through to Thursday:

Predominantly fine but scattered showers in some areas, especially Tuesday, while rain reaches northwest Scotland later. Temperatures near average to rather cool with patchy overnight frost in the north.

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