After a choppy start to the week in places, it will become drier and much warmer in many parts of the UK later this week, with warm conditions developing in parts of the south.
Ahead of the warm weather, parts of the UK’s north can expect a wet and windy spell on Tuesday and Wednesday as an Atlantic low crosses the UK’s north-west, with more stable conditions in the southern regions. A weather warning for rain was issued on Tuesday for parts of western Scotland. As of Thursday, it will become largely settled and warmer for the most part as southerly winds establish and begin to bring very warm air northward from the mainland.
Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Most of us will see a period of hot, summery weather later this week, with warm weather developing in the south of the UK. From Thursday, temperatures will be at their lowest– between–20s Celsius for Northern Ireland, Scotland and North Wales, but it will be much warmer in southern and central areas, with temperatures widely reaching around 30 Celsius, possibly 32 Celsius in the south-east of England.
“It will be another hot day on Friday with temperatures reaching well over 30 degrees Celsius or more in the center, south and parts of northern England. It will likely be even hotter in the south-east of England, where 34 to 37 degrees Celsius is possible. Saturday is likely to be another hot day for southern and central UK, with heatwave conditions potentially present in parts of southern and south-eastern England.
The highest temperature reached so far this year is 37.8 degrees Celsius, recorded at Heathrow on July 31.
The Met Office has issued a heat alert for parts of England for later this week. With strong summer sunshine this time of year, UV levels will be high in some areas and you can check the UV forecast for your area here.
Commenting on the warm weather later this week, Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver added: ‘High temperatures could trigger thunderstorms in southern parts of the UK over the weekend, but for the most part, the weather will be dry and sunny. At the moment, there is some uncertainty as to how long the heat wave will last, so stay tuned for the latest Met Office forecast. ”
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