UK heatwave as 26C hot plume to reach Britain just in time for bank holiday

A heatwave could be on the way just in time for the Spring Bank Holiday as scorching temperatures of up to 26C are expected to hit Britain. From May 13, forecasters are predicting “above average temperatures” for this time of year. The Met Office has said mercury could reach the mid-20s with strong sunshine across the nation. From May 23 into June, meteorologists for the UK’s national weather service said: “Confidence during this period is typically low, but changeable weather appears to be the most likely outcome at this time.

“Most areas will likely see some spells of unsettled weather, as well as periods of drier and brighter weather. Above average temperatures are slightly more likely than below average.”

British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale spoke to Mirror Online and predicted a heatwave.

He said: “On the balance of things, I reckon a heatwave of some description is overdue and the second half of May is more likely than not to deliver a day or two with 25C in the UK. But, there’s still lots of water to go under the bridge before then.”

Long range weather maps show a European heatwave hitting the UK from May 24, with temperatures of up to 26C in London.

Parts of Europe has already experienced warmer temperatures, with Spain reporting record-breaking temperatures in some areas.

Whilst temperatures could soar to 26C in London, in Scotland the temperature is expected to reach 21C in some parts.

Meanwhile, the midlands will see temperatures of around 24C the week of the bank holiday weekend.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Through next week fairly typical weather for the UK for the time of year. Outbreaks of rain at times, followed by showers but interspersed by sunny spells and it will feel pleasant enough in the sunny spells.

“But the main signal for temperatures is that those temperatures will be at or around average of the time of year.

“By the end of next week higher pressure could influence things a bit more to bring more settled weather for a time and nothing particularly settled or unsettled is flagged for the middle of May onwards.

“Next week is looking fairly average, fairly typical for the time of year, there will be some showers at times but also some warm sunshine and temperatures will be around average after a fairly showery Bank Holiday weekend.”

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