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UK weather – Mini heatwave with FOUR days of 30C on the way as plume from the Azores brings ‘hottest spell of year’

BRITS could be treated to a mini-heatwave, with up to four sunshine-filled days of 30C in some places this WEEK.

And because of high pressure over the Portugese islands of Azores temperatures the Uk could be hit by “the hottest spell of the year”.

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The Sun

More sunshine, and muggy weather is on the way for Brits[/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.”


People skate during the hot weather in Hyde Park in London[/caption]


Taking it easy in London, June 8[/caption]


Rower Noah Norman cools off in a sun drenched River Thames at Molesey[/caption]

met office

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”.


Five friends sunbathing in Greenwich Park, London, June 8[/caption]

Above – the sunny scene for Friday
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Wednesday will feature more sun, although there will be some rain in the England’s north, and Scotland’s western stretches.

Highs of 27C are expected today in the south, including East Anglia and the south-east, with the mercury also climbing to 23C in Scotland.

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.”

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.”


George Gilmore (4) searching for crabs in Canoe Lake at Southsea in Hampshire yesterday morning[/caption]


Sand and sun aplenty in Camber, East Sussex[/caption]


Lifesavers are patrolling Camber, East Sussex, as the mercury rises[/caption]


Beachgoers are well-prepared in Camber, taking chairs and umbrellas on to the sand[/caption]

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.”

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.

The Sun

Friends enjoy a dip in the sea, Bournemouth[/caption]


Pelicans take a drink in St. James’s Park in London[/caption]

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