Warm, dry weather is expected to continue into next week
The UK could experience its hottest day of the year on Sunday (June 4), with temperatures likely to soar to 26°C.
The highest temperature so far in 2023 is 25.1°C, recorded on 30 May in Porthmadog, Wales. But weather forecasters believe this can be surpassed.
Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said people can expect highs of 24°C or 25°C in warmer parts of the country, adding that sheltered areas in the south The west can even see a temperature of 26°C.
However, she said the chances of a 26°C temperature being recorded are relatively low, explaining: “We’ll look at that somewhere in the west, maybe similar areas, partly of Wales, possibly south-west England.”
Ms Ayers also explained that people in the south, particularly the English Channel coast, could see slightly lower temperatures due to the pleasant sea breeze.
Meanwhile, those in the East can expect Sunday temperatures of around 15°C or 16°C, while inland areas will be warmer with highs between 18°C and 20°C. °C.
In the summer of 2022, the UK experienced a huge heatwave – with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a red extreme heat warning for the first time. The UK’s highest ever temperature was recorded in Coningsby, Lincolnshire on July 19, where temperatures hit 40.3°C.
Other countries in Europe also saw unusually high temperatures, with a prolonged drought – possibly the continent’s worst in 500 years – and a series of extreme heatwaves making the summer of 2022 in Europe is the hottest on record, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Agency.