THE UK is expected to be warmer than some of the main European holiday destinations later this week, with forecasters expecting temperatures to hit 21C.
Thursday is expected to be the hottest day, with a mix of sun, rain and cloud as the mercury rises between Monday and Wednesday, the Met Office said.
Parts of the country are expected to be warmer than St. Tropez, Ibiza and Crete, with many parts of England reaching 20 degrees.
In Brighton and Hove, temperatures could reach highs between 15C and 16C.
The Met Office forecast for Brighton reads: “After a lackluster start, Wednesday will clear up with showers developing into the afternoon.
“Showers in eastern areas are expected to be heavy with a chance of thunder. Drier overnight. Maximum temperature 19C.
“Thursday good with bright or sunny spells but chance of showers later.
“Cooler and cloudy Friday with showers or rain later. Cooler and cloudy Saturday with possible showers.
Temperatures are unlikely to exceed the 23.4C recorded at St James’s Park in London last month, which was the hottest day of the year.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “This week is a fun old week, there’s quite a bit of rain and cloud around as well as sunny spells, with many areas gradually warming up to Thursday, which is expected to be the hottest day.
“Between Monday and Wednesday, temperatures will be in the 20s and 20s in Wales and central and southern England, while eastern Scotland could reach 19C.
“But in parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland there will be cloudiness and a few scattered showers.
“Thursday will see teenagers high quite widely across the country, parts of the south east will go up to 21°C with a chance outside of 22°C in areas where there is more sunshine.
“So there’s a warm spell in store for many, but don’t expect the wall-to-wall sunshine and blue skies we saw in April.”
The Met Office said there was an area of high pressure to the south of the UK, while there was low pressure over areas to the north.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-03 09:43:12