Met Office: Saturday morning weather forecast
Britons can look forward to more glorious sunshine and blue skies in the coming week, with parts of the UK set to be hotter than Istanbul. The country has seen a mini-heatwave over the school half-term holidays, with temperatures soaring into the mid-twenties, especially in the west of the UK, and it shows no end in sight. The mercury is set to rise to almost 30C, with sweltering conditions forecast for southern areas of Britain next week.
New weather charts show the thermometer reaching 27C in the south of the UK next Saturday.
Other areas of the UK will be slightly cooler, with temperatures fluctuating between 20C and 24C.
Central and eastern Scotland could see the mercury dip below the 20C mark, as temperatures hover between 18C and 20C.
The Met Office’s Stephen Dixon said it was not beyond the realms of possibility that next weekend could see the hottest temperatures in Britain this year.
The highest recorded temperature in the UK so far was 25.1C in Porthmadog, Wales, on Tuesday.
Mr Dixon said: “As we move towards next weekend there’s a signal for temperatures possibly getting towards the mid-20s.
“It’s not anything we’d call a heatwave, but there’s some signals for later next week and into next weekend for higher temperatures, particularly in the south.
“The high pressure will be in place for the foreseeable future.
“There’s a chance of some lighter showers for parts of Northern Ireland and perhaps Scotland for Tuesday and Wednesday, they will be very isolated.
“As we move into next weekend, although the temperature is looking to increase in the south, that does increase the chance of some isolated showers popping up.
“It is western areas that are looking likely to have the longer sunny periods, parts of Wales as well as the south-west of England, but for the vast majority it will be feeling very pleasant.
“It will be slightly warmer than average but not beyond what we’d normally see.”
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Conditions are yet to meet those of last year when the UK saw its warmest year on record in the 364-year Central England Temperature (CET) series from 1659, the world’s longest instrumental record of temperature.
The UK had an average temperature of over 10C recorded for the first time.
The hottest temperatures came in July when temperatures rose above 40C for the first time on record.
The impact of global warming is being felt strongly in the UK, as temperatures soar worldwide.
A special report on climate extremes in the UK found that the country has been experiencing higher maximum temperatures and longer warm spells in recent years.
Warm spells have seen their average length more than double – increasing from 5.3 days in 1961-90 to over 13 days in the decade 2008-2017.
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South East England has seen some of the most significant changes, with warm spells increasing from around 6 days in length (during 1961-90) to over 18 days per year on average during 2008-2017.
All this evidence points to the UK’s climate warming in recent decades, leading to warmer summers and milder winters on average.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK is currently 40.3C, set in Coningsby, Lincolnshire in July 2022.
A study by the Met Office Hadley Centre suggests the current chance of seeing days reaching 40C or more is extremely low.
However, by 2100 under a high emissions scenario the UK could see 40C days every three to four years.
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