BBC Weather: Record-breaking Bank Holiday heatwave to engulf UK – thunderstorm warning

A record-breaking heatwave is set to engulf the UK by Monday, according to the latest BBC weather forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend. Meteorologist Nick Miller said that the blistering heat will see temperatures reach at least mid-20s in southern England. However, before this, Saturday and Sunday will see thunderstorms and severe rainfall, with more than 100mm of rain set to hit parts of Scotland.

The BBC prediction of at least 25C on Monday would break records, turning Monday into the the hottest bank holiday in 98 years.

The Monday weather forecast could test the UK in maintaining social distancing rules in parks and open spaces.

Since lockdown guidelines were eased, people in England are allowed to travel to far-off beauty spots like beaches. 

The weather is expected to stay hot throughout next week, with temperatures reaching at least 27C in the south-east on Tuesday. 

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Pictures of crowds crammed on beaches in Brighton and Southend sparked fears over social distancing.

Councils responsible for beauty spots around England are warning people to stay away this Bank Holiday Monday. 

The head of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has also pleaded for people to stay away from the beaches, pointing out that that there are no lifeguards stationed on UK beaches.

Miller told BBC Breakfast: “It is a blustery start to the weekend. We have a lot of rain coming for a lot of us. Large parts of Scotland will see around 100mm of rain in the three-day weekend period. 

“If you catch a shower today, it will be heavy and possibly thundery. That is most likely in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“We have also seen a few thunderstorms in Wales so far this morning. You can also pick out a number of showers across England and Wales this afternoon moving from west to east.

“However, the showers will move quite quickly in these strong, gusty winds, with gusts of 40-50mph today in England and Wales.

“Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will see winds reach up to 60mph, and that could bring some strong waves. It will be close to 20C in the warmest, sunniest parts of southern England today.”

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Miller pointed out that the clouds and winds will “die down” on Sunday, as the weather turns brighter and lighter for most of the UK.

He added: “As we move through the weekend, high pressure is building up from the south.

“By Monday, there will be a fair amount of sunshine across England and Wales and eastern Scotland.

“Temperatures could reach up to 20 in Northern Ireland and Scotland, but some getting close to mid-20s in southern England.”

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