Britain will sizzle in 77F – but Met Office forecasters warn showers
The calm before the storm (again): Britain will sizzle in 77F today – but Met Office forecasters warn showers will return by the weekend
- Showers could return this evening into Friday morning, forecasters say
As Britain enjoys a taste of summer, the Met Office warns that this is the calm before the storm as showers are expected to return by the weekend.
At long last, temperatures are set to hit mid 20s today in many parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland, soaring to 29C in some areas.
Despite a 24-hour break from the damp summer, showers could return as soon as this evening into Friday morning – with heavier bursts of rain in Scotland.
This comes as many flocked to the beach yesterday to enjoy the ‘brief taste of summer’ while its here.
The temperature peaked at 25.9C in Yeovilton, Somerset, on yesterday and it is expected to rise, forecasters say.
A few showers could develop this afternoon across northern parts of Wales, drifting up across north-west England
A couple in Weymouth Beach, Dorset pictured enjoying the short-lived British summer yesterday – before showers return this evening
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘The big thing is obviously the temperatures. Temperature wise for today we are looking at many parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland reaching the mid 20s.
‘We could see highs of 27C to 28C, possibly 29C somewhere in eastern England.
‘Midlands or East Midlands. Somewhere around the central parts of the UK is where you could see the highest temperature of a possible 29C.’
He added: ‘Thursday is a mostly dry day. There could be a little bit of mist and fog around first thing, particularly across southwestern parts of England, but generally sunny spells through the day and mostly dry.
‘We could get a few showers developing in the afternoon across northern parts of Wales, drifting up across north-west England. The odd rumble of thunder is possible but they are very few and far between.’
Tomorrow is expected to be a day of ‘sunshine and showers’ with temperatures in the low to mid 20Cs, with highest temperatures in East Anglia.
Mr Partridge said: ‘As we go into weekend we’ll slowly see temperatures come back to high teens, low 20Cs through the weekend. So yes, it’s short-lived unfortunately, but a brief taste of summer.
‘The good news is although this weekend will be a bit cooler than (Thursday), it is still around about average for the time of year.
Summer sun in Bournemouth. Bournemouth beach was packed this afternoon as holidaymakers enjoyed bright sunshine and warm temperatures on the Dorset coast
Minimum temperatures are expected to be around 15C and 16C for most. Temperatures are set to hit mid 20s today in many parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland, soaring to 29C in some areas
Beachgoers enjoy the warmer weather in Southend-on-Sea, Essex
‘There will be showers around but there will also be a good amount of sunshine so it’s not going to be as bad as previous weekends we have seen recently.’
The brighter weather follows a battering by Storm Antoni over the weekend which saw flooding and 78mph winds hit the UK and trees blown down – blocking 100 miles of railway between Exeter and Penzance.
Beaches across the UK, including in Bournemouth and Southend-on-Sea were packed yesterday with people enjoying the first hot day in a long time.
The Met Office will provide a ‘summer stats round-up’ in September but the season has so far been ‘warmer than average’ as a whole.
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