Many parts of the UK could experience a mini-heatwave from today – and as temperatures soar, England could experience the hottest day of the year this weekend.
After weeks of rainy and humid weather, the heat wave is triggered by a blast of warm air from the Azores into the North Atlantic, forecasters say.
The mini-heatwave, defined as a period of three or more days above a certain threshold, is expected to last until Monday – the day when the last of the COVID-19 restrictions are due to be lifted.
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London and the South East can expect highs of 29C (84.2F) on Saturday with temperatures reaching between 31C (87.8F) and 32C (89.6F) on Sunday, according to the Met Office.
Areas further north, including Hull and Newcastle, are expected to hit the mid-1920s as the weekend progresses with temperatures rising day by day.
The hottest day of the year so far was 29.7C (85.5F) recorded in Teddington in southwest London on June 14.
But we’re still a long way from the record high temperatures for the time of year – 38.7 ° C (101.7 ° F) were recorded at Cambridge Botanic Gardens on July 25, 2019.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said the weather might surprise people “because so far this summer hasn’t been that good.”
“Temperatures have generally been below average for quite some time – it’s the temperature difference in such a short period of time that is most noticeable,” he said.
“But it will affect most of the UK and it’s a bit more unusual – Scotland and Northern Ireland just had their hottest day of the year.
“Northern Ireland could be approaching its highest temperature ever, which to be fair is only just above 30 ° C (86 ° F).”
But a mini-heatwave is definitely on the cards, the Met Office has said.
For London and the South East to experience a heat wave, temperatures must exceed 28C (82.4F) for at least three days, while it drops to 27C (80.6F) in the Midlands and …
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This notice was published: 2021-07-17 02:56:00