Bank holiday weather: Sunny spells forecast for UK
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The latest heat maps from NetWeather have turned red to show blistering highs of 31C gripping France this week on Thursday, September 2. The shades of red are then seen sweeping upwards towards southern Britain on the same day, with London and Kent basking in 23C, while Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth see 22C. The heat could stick around a few days later on Saturday, September 4, as highs of 31C continue to dominate France.
The hot air could then send temperatures soaring further in the UK, with London , Kent and Essex getting hit with 25C on the same day.
Further north, Peterborough and Norwich could see 24C and Leeds and Doncaster are set to enjoy 23C.
Tony Zartman, a forecaster at Accuweather, predicted high pressure from Spain and France, which are located along the Mediterranean coast in Europe, to help send temperatures soaring in the UK during the first part of September.
He told Express.co.uk: “The overall weather pattern over the next couple of weeks will be one in which high pressure is expected to stretch from Spain and France north through the United Kingdom.
“This will bring general settled conditions overall with temperatures running near to slightly above normal in most places.
“The greatest chance for warm weather will be over western parts of the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland, Wales, western Scotland, western England.
“During this two-week stretch, there can also be some weak fronts moving through. But, in general, there will be more settled days.
“The second half of September is more uncertain.
“Temperatures may continue to be near-to-above normal.
“However, there may also be greater opportunity for fronts to bring spells of rain if the area of high pressure weakens.”
Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, also predicted September to start on a dry note this week.
He said: “Most of the UK remains dry through the rest of the bank holiday period. Cloud amounts vary.
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“In the east overcast skies and a strong breeze combine to make it feel cool at times.
“High pressure is expected to bring a lot more dry weather through the coming week.
“Sunday starts dry across most of the UK but thicker cloud is bringing a few spots of rain to parts of the north east.
“Through the day the risk of drizzly spells continues in the north east.
“The rest of the UK has a dry day with variable amounts of cloud. The best of the sunshine is likely to be in the west.
“Temperatures range from 15C (59F) to 22C (72F).
“Tomorrow the predominantly dry theme continues. However, there could be quite a lot of cloud, particularly in the north east where it brings patchy drizzle. Feeling cool in areas where it remains overcast, but pleasant in the sun.
“Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday see little change. There could be a few light showers in eastern England, but most places remain dry.
“The sunniest conditions are expected to be in the north west. Elsewhere some bright spells develop, but there probably will be quite a lot of cloud.
“The settled period is forecast to continue through the rest of next week in much of the UK.”
The Met Office’s long-range forecast between Thursday, September 2, and Saturday, September 11, added the start of the month could see unsettled conditions, but high pressure should help temperatures become “above average”.
It said: “High pressure is expected to be in charge across the UK at first. Most areas will see a continuation of dry weather with variable cloud and some spells of sunshine.
“Over the weekend outbreaks of rain may start to spread to some southern and western areas, with mostly dry weather continuing elsewhere.
“Temperatures are likely to be close to average for most, but rather cool in eastern regions.
“Into the following week it is likely that an unsettled spell of weather will develop, bringing showers or longer spells of rain across many parts of the UK.
“The wettest conditions will probably be across northwestern areas with the driest weather in the south and southeast. Temperatures are likely to be near or a little above average.”
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