UK long-range forecast: Red-hot 30C European blast heading for Britain – ‘Taste of summer’

UK weather: Met Office forecasts sun and showers

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Scorching highs of 29C are expected to hit France on Friday, March 21, before the hot air heads towards south east England, maps from Netweather suggest. London and Kent could bake in 19C on the same day, while double digits sweep across the rest of the UK. Nottingham and Rotherham may also see highs of 17C, before temperatures appear to cool down slightly to 14C in Newcastle.

Temperatures could continue to soar in Scotland and the north west by end of the month, with highs of 18C central Scotland and Cumbria on Thursday, May 27.

Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, predicted the last part of May to bring “warmer interludes”.

He told Express.co.uk: “All parts of the UK can expect showers or longer spells of rain in the coming days.

“There is a low chance of transient warmer interludes during the last third of the month, with temperatures pushing into the low 20Cs.

“Fingers crossed for something better in June.”

However, Mr Gaze’s monthly forecast on his website added “very warm days” could arrive in the south by the end of the month.

He said: “Early on a drier and more settled spell may develop for several days.

“In the south it could become quite warm.

“Later on a transition back to more changeable weather is favoured.

“Rain amounts and temperatures become close to the norm for the second half of May.

“Therefore, some warm or even very warm days are possible.

“However, there isn’t a signal for more generally settled conditions.

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Meanwhile, Netweather’s monthly forecast suggested “a taste of summer” could arrive this month as temperatures soar.

The forecast said: “Perhaps briefly finer and quite warm, then probably cooler and unsettled again with showers.

“A few further chilly nights possible. An increasingly finer, sunnier, warmer weather picture is indicated towards the end of this period especially in the North and West.

“By Friday, May 28, there will be a taste of summer for most and probably becoming very warm or hot.

“A humid thundery interval is possible later mostly in the South, giving localised torrential downpours.

“Probably a mostly dry period in the North and West, but hit and miss showers and storms likely mostly in South and East.”

The BBC’s long range forecast between Monday, May 17, and Sunday, May 23, also added temperatures could reach “above average” during this period.

The forecast said: “There’s potential for some warmer air from the sub-tropical Atlantic to reach southern areas for a few days too, bringing temperatures briefly above average.

“Confidence is medium for next week, mainly due to the low pressure system around midweek.

“We have high confidence it will be a cooler, wetter than normal week for most mixed with some sunny spells in the afternoons.

“The main risk for the forecast is that high pressure in Russia shifts too far west and reaches Poland or Germany.

“This would send warmer air into the UK from the south, and while it would still be wet it would also be much warmer with temperature a few degrees above average.”

The Met Office also predated sunny spells to break up any lingering showers and colder air by the end of the month.

The forecast between Tuesday, May 25, and Tuesday, June 8, said: “Confidence remains low for this period, although typical spring weather patterns are most probable, with a mixture of sunny spells and showers for most parts of the UK, especially at first.

“Conditions will probably become more settled late May and going into June, with an increasing likelihood of drier conditions for many.

“Overall, the driest and most settled conditions are most probable in the south, with the north generally more unsettled as longer spells of rain and strong winds arrive from the Atlantic at times.

“Temperatures likely to be around average.”

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