The bright start to summer will continue in Plymouth today with temperatures rising to 23C – but sunny conditions will end on Thursday. The Met Office said Sunday could be the hottest day of the year so far.
The Southwest might even be the warmest place in the country with the blazing sun continuing into the new week. All of that could change on Thursday with clouds moving in, although it remains dry.
The highest temperature in the UK so far in 2023 was 25.1C in Porthmadog on Tuesday. There is a small chance that could be passed on Sunday.
Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said people can expect temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius or 25 degrees Celsius in warmer spots and possibly even a high of 26 degrees Celsius in sheltered areas in the UK. West.
She said there was a low chance of a 26C being recorded, adding: “We’ll look at that somewhere in the west, maybe similar areas, parts of Wales, there’s the possibly south-west England.”
Ms Ayers said a slight wind blowing through the south, particularly the coasts of the English Channel, would affect temperatures in those areas. The east coast will have temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius or 16 degrees Celsius, while inland areas will be warmer with highs of 18 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius.
The scorching heat is expected to last into the new business week as temperatures could set a new record for 2023.
The country has experienced chilly nights despite bright sunshine in recent weeks due to clear skies and southeasterly winds from the North Sea.
However, British Weather Service meteorologist Jim Dale said the second half of next week could see higher temperatures as northerly winds from the Mediterranean displace cooler winds from the North Sea.
He said: “On Thursday we could even have the hottest day of the year so far and the weekend is likely to be dry and warm, with some showers in parts of the country.”
Mr Dale added that Britain was in a “meteorological drought” after 14 consecutive days without any measurable rainfall.
A nice end to the weekend, with plenty of sunshine.
After a cool start to the day, especially in the countryside, it will be a dry and beautiful day with prolonged intense sunshine. It feels warm in the sun but still a little cooler than at the beach in the breeze. Maximum temperature 23°C.
Lots of late afternoon sun until the end of Sunday. Overnight clouds will spread over the far east although much of the area will remain clear. Minimum temperature 6°C.
After any clouds in the far east clear and clear through the morning, it will be a bright and beautiful day with strong sunshine. Maximum temperature 23°C.
Outlook for Tuesday through Thursday:
Keeping dry with high pressure still prevails. Lots of hot sun but occasional clouds. The days are warm, though cool overnight with a slight breeze.