Summer’s arrived! Sunseekers will bask in 84F heat today on what could be the warmest day of the year – with sizzling Britain hotter than Ibiza and Brazil

  • Meteorological first day of UK summer arrives today and it’s expected to be the hottest of the year
  • It’ll be hotter than Ibiza and the Costa del Sol in Spain, with temperatures expected to soar to 84.2F in London
  • Elsewhere across the UK it’ll be cloudy with sunny spells before thunder storms and rain arrive Sunday 

Southern England could see the hottest day of the year so far today as temperatures are expected to reach 84.2F – falling perfectly on the meteorological first day of summer.

Sunny skies will see those who decided to stay in the UK this weekend rewarded with temperatures hotter than Brazil, Ibiza and Spain’s Costa del Sol in the south east.

Most of Scotland will be cloudy today, with highs of 60.8F and Northern England should stay around 64.4F on both days. 

But despite mercury soaring as the UK swelters this weekend Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north West of England are likely to face heavy showers by tomorrow.

And by Tuesday cooler winds and rain will fall across the country with forecasters stressing ‘cooler and fresher’ weather next week.

Heavy rain and storms could hit the country on Tuesday and again on Thursday as temperatures plateau at 64.4F.

Sunny skies will see those who decided to stay in the UK this weekend rewarded with temperatures hotter than Brazil, Ibiza and Spain’s Costa del Sol in the south east. Pictured, Bournemouth this morning

The average temperature for June is 62.6F and it’s likely that most of the UK should be warmer than that today.  

But while some will be basking in the heat there will be outbreaks of rain spreading east on Sunday with risk of thunderstorms. 

But it will be fresher and cooler with sunshine and scattered showers Monday and Tuesday. 

The difference between the two days is down to the high pressure which will dominate much of Saturday being replaced by low pressure on Sunday.

A Met office forecaster said: ‘Today will see cloud and rain showers across parts of northern England and Scotland. 

Brighton beach front this morning shows just wispy clouds in the sky. While the south east is basking in sun most of Scotland will be cloudy today, with highs of 60.8F and Northern England should stay around 64.4F

The view from the Salt Room in Brighton shows clear skies this morning. The average temperature for June is 62.6F and it’s likely that most of the UK should be warmer than that today

The average temperature for June is 62.6F and its likely that most of the UK should be warmer on Saturday. Image shows the sun rising over St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay on the North East coast on Friday

‘In the South East there will be plenty of fine, dry weather with maximum temperatures of 64.4 degrees but overnight we will start to see a change. 

‘Outbreaks of rain will spread in to north west Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Further south east it is expected to stay dry, humid and muggy. 

‘Minimum temperatures will not fall lower than 44 degrees. Tomorrow we will see a change as a cold front moves east across the country. 

‘A band of showery rain is expected. In the north and west of the UK the day will start cloudy and there could be some heavy bursts in some places. 

Today there is very warm sunshine developing across England and Wales and it’s a sign of what’s to come. Sun seekers are pictured making the most of the morning sunshine today by punting on the River Cam in Cambridge

‘This rain will not get to the south east, so Kent and Sussex, until late in the day. It is going to be very warm as temperatures potentially reach as high as 64.4 degrees. 

‘These warm temperatures might spark one or two showers but you would be very unlucky to see them. By the end of the day the west will have brightened up. 

‘It will be much cooler and fresher with increased winds. The start of next week will have a very different feel. 

‘It will be much cooler and fresher and quite changeable. There will be strong winds at time, particularly  in the north. Showers will be heavy and thundery on Tuesday and again on Thursday.

‘It will be a much more changeable week. Much cooler and fresher. Monday could see around 68 in London. On Tuesday morning it will be windy so temperatures could fall to 42 degrees in Scotland. 

‘Tuesday in London it could be 64.4 degrees. The maximum for Wednesday is 64.4 degrees and a similar maximum on Thursday but overall feeling much fresher.’      

The UK is set to be hotter than the Costa del Sol, Spain, today, with little wind and sunny weather expected in the south east, and temperatures expected to soar to 79F in London and 84F in the south east

The weather for this weekend has been warming up since yesterday with warm and sunny weather predicted across parts of the country today on the hottest day of the year

There are two different dates that can be considered as the official start of UK summer.

Astronomical summer 

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5° tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. 

Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Solstices and equinoxes are considered to be the astronomical transition points between the seasons and mark key stages in the astronomical cycle of the earth. 

In a year there are two equinoxes (spring and autumn) and two solstices (summer and winter). 

The dates of the equinoxes and solstices aren’t fixed due to the Earth’s elliptical orbit of the sun

The Earth’s orbit around the sun means that in early January, the sun is closest (known as perihelion) and in early July it is most distant (aphelion).

Meteorological summer 

The meteorological summer consists of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each. These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics. By the meteorological calendar, spring starts on 1 March.

The seasons are defined as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).

Information taken from the Met Office   

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