This year has already proved to be a scorcher, with the Met Office reporting April 2020 as the sunniest on record with 224.5 hours of sunshine, beating the previous record set in 2015 with 211.5 hours. The Bank Holiday Monday today is due to be warm and dry, and the sunny conditions are expected to continue all week.
Britain is likely to bask in extremely warm weather for the Bank Holiday Monday with temperatures hitting 28C in some areas.
A subtropical surge is due to hit parts of the country meaning many areas will likely be hit by this heatwave.
The Met Office says the movement of the jet stream is playing a big part in the weekend’s weather.
These scorching temperatures are due to continue throughout the week, with a Met Office spokesman predicting the hottest day of the year by the end of this week at 28C.
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The Met Office forecast for Monday reads: “Early mist and low cloud in the west soon clearing, then most parts fine and dry with long sunny periods.
“Becoming warm inland. Turning cloudier and windier in the far northwest with some rain later.
“Band of cloud and patchy rain sinking south across northern and some central areas, although mostly dry in the east.
“Else, clear spells with a few fog patches in the south.”
On Tuesday, the weather is due to be rather cloudy across central areas with some drizzle and fog near western coasts.
But it will be mostly dry with sunny spells elsewhere and warm again in the south.
From Wednesday to Friday the weather will be sunny and very warm in the south on Wednesday whilst some rain could occur in the northwest.
Most places will be sunny and very warm Thursday and Friday but it will be cooler near east coasts.
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Over the coming weekend, much of the central and southeast England should see a good deal of dry and settled weather with plenty of sunshine.
However, the weather forecaster has warned it is likely to be a little breezy.
Temperatures should also be generally very warm, but there is a risk of some thunderstorms breaking out at times between May 30 and June 8.
A Met Office forecaster said: “There is high pressure over the UK at the moment which will lead to fine and settled weather this week.
“It is not unusual for high pressure to stick around for a long period of time which explains why May has seen such fine, dry and warm weather, but it does not always happen.
“In terms of forecasting, the weather will be fine warm weather for much of this week, except for rain in the northwest tonight through to tomorrow morning.
“The weather is likely to hit 27C on Tuesday and drop to the mid-twenties throughout the rest of the week before rising to 27C on Friday and Saturday and possibly hitting 28C on Sunday.
“However, those temperatures are contingent on an easterly flow continuing over the UK.
“If however, the flow changes to a southeasterly flow, the UK may see even higher temperatures than this.
“Rainfall records for the UK as a whole up to May 23 have been interesting with the UK seeing just 31.2mm of rainfall which is 45 percent of the May average.
“What is even more interesting is the detail of this, with England seeing just 16 percent of its rainfall average so far at 9.4mm.
“The driest May on record was in 1896 with 11.3mm of rain in England, which means this month is likely to be England’s driest on record.
“Some counties are almost certain to see their driest records as well, with Berkshire having seen just four percent of its average rainfall, the City of London only three percent and Northamptonshire just two percent.
“Generally temperatures have been fairly close to normal with England’s maximum temperature at just 1C above average and just 0.6C below average.
“This pattern is due to the high pressure which has led to lots of clear skies meaning warm clear days and fresh clear nights.
“It is possible a weather system will come from the west bringing some rain next week which could prompt some rainstorms on Monday, June 1, that being said I wouldn’t hang my hat on that.
“But with the heat building up there is some risk of thunderstorms.
“If the weather does turn a little more unsettled it will not be a massive change and things will likely calm down quickly, with the high pressure returning quickly after.”
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