THE EUROS will kick off on the hottest weekend of the year so far with the UK set to bask in a 30C scorcher.
England will clash against Croatia this Sunday and Brits are expected to flock to beer gardens to cheer their team on while catching some rays.
Read our UK weather live blog for the latest forecasts
The sun will shine down on footie fans this weekend as they watch England take on Croatia[/caption]
People soaking up rays in Southend, Essex, yesterday[/caption]
Lydia Elliot and Amy Fix cool off in the sea in Margate[/caption]
Sunbathers at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield[/caption]
Members of the public relax in the hot weather at Ruislip Lido[/caption]
Sunseekers head to the seaside to enjoy the sunshine at Bournemouth[/caption]
Warm weather is looming, including for the weekend[/caption]
John Hammond, of Weather Trending told the Sun Online: “It’s certainly going to be the hottest spell of the year so far, specifically across the more southern and eastern parts of the UK.
“It’ll be quite muggy air too later this week. This is what’s called Tropical Maritime Air, and may well carry a fair bit of cloud.
“So while temperatures will reach the mid to high 20s quite widely by then, the cloud might prevent 30C from being reached until Friday afternoon or, more likely, the weekend.”
John added: “However through Saturday and Sunday, as high pressure builds across the country, 30 degrees or more is quite possible.
“The heat might hold on for one more day across the southeast on Monday, but cooler fresher air will arrive from the west early next week.”
Pals enjoy the sand on Bournemouth beach[/caption]
Sunseekers have headed out to enjoy the warm weather[/caption]
Britain has been hit by a mini-heatwave[/caption]
A jetskiier hits the water[/caption]
Pals enjoy some time in the park[/caption]
The Met Office has also said that the mercury could soar to 30C over the weekend[/caption]
‘Temperatures are certainly on the up this week, we could see four days of 30C in the south east,’ said WX Updates[/caption]
On Tuesday the Met Office said in its blog that “high-pressure from the Azores will extend across the bulk of the country this week, bringing predominantly settled weather and allowing temperatures to slowly rise.
“Temperatures, particularly in the south, are likely to reach the mid, to possibly high 20s of Celsius over the next few days and into the weekend.
“Some areas may reach heatwave criteria.”
A heatwave is defined by the Met Office as an uninterrupted period of exceptionally high temperatures.
Met Office press officer Oli Claydon said that the south east corner – including East Anglia and Cambridgeshire – is “where the better weather is”.
Oli said in regards to this weekend that there could be “a maximum possible temperature on Sunday of 28C, with a chance of 29C – and we are not ruling out the chance of 30C.
“Warm temperatures are set to continue for next week.”
A woman cools off with an ice cream among the deer in the sunshine in Richmond Park[/caption]
Crowds were out on Bournemouth beach today[/caption]
Brits hit the beach as the sun shines in Essex[/caption]
A busy beach in Southend, Essex tody[/caption]
Joggers in Wimbledon this morning[/caption]
A cyclist heads out for a ride on Wimbledon Common this morning[/caption]
A dolphin leaps out of the water at Swanage in Dorset[/caption]
Unsurprisingly, the Met Office has warned that “the peak of the grass pollen season is approaching, and there will be high grass and nettle pollen levels in many southern areas this week.”
The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said temperatures will be climbing during the rest of the week, especially across southern and central regions.
He explained that “it will also be turning increasingly humid as a southwesterly flow pulls up sub-tropical air.
“Values are likely to reach the upper 20Cs and it is possible that 30C will be pipped more than once in the south between Friday and Monday.
“Nighttime temperatures will also be high in the southern half of the UK, perhaps not falling below 19C on Saturday night.”
‘Could see four days of 30C’
He added: “In the north it won’t be as warm, but northeastern Scotland could see temperatures into the mid 20Cs on Sunday.
“By Tuesday cooler air will probably be returning from the Atlantic, but there is uncertainty about its southeastwards progression.
“Coming after the prolonged cool period in April and May this is the weather doing a complete U turn.”
Anthony Grist of WX Updates tweeted: “Temperatures are certainly on the up this week, we could see four days of 30C in the south east.”
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The warmest day of the year so far was June 2nd when 28.3C was reached at Northolt in London, but this record may be beat come the end of the week.
The mercury could reach 27C in Kent on Friday.
Ladbrokes has already said that “temperatures will smash 30C this week” and the betting agency has a 4/5 shot for a hosepipe ban to be issued anywhere in the UK this month, while 4/6 says this goes down as the hottest June ever.
A sunbather soaks up the rays[/caption]
Brits have taken to parks to enjoy the warmth[/caption]