THE MET Office have confirmed that Brits could see highs of 23C TODAY – and has said Brits face ‘record’ heatwaves this summer.

In today's London forecast the Met Office have said: "A bright, dry day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures feeling warm.

"Breezy to start but winds easing through the day. Maximum temperature 23 °C."

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern added: “Through Saturday night and Sunday as temperatures rise and the fine weather arrives.

“Also we could see some showers or thunderstorms drifting north from the continent, most likely affecting the southern part of the UK on Saturday night and Sunday but perhaps more widely later.

“At the same time if we get some sunshine and this plume occurring, temperatures could be rising, early part of next week it’s possible to see low to mid 20s fairly widely and high 20s around the South East if we get sunshine associated with this plume but as I mentioned it does bring the threat of thundery outbreaks at the same time.”

As we move into the weekend Brits can expect a 'dry and bright Saturday' with temperatures of 21C, as a North African plume will sweep in.

Next week the mercury could be reaching 24C on Tuesday and Wednesday as the UK will be hit with a heatwave.

Meanwhile looking into the long- range summer weather James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, has said: “The overall summer forecast is now pointing towards at least four or five major heatwaves.”

The Met Office’s three-month weather outlook is more conservative, with forecasters predicting a “40% chance” this summer “will be significantly hotter than average”.

Read our weather blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Next week weather is going to be glorious!

    There may be the odd thunderstorm to break up the heat.

    Settled and dry conditions are expected across the UK with temperatures above average for most.

    While warm weather is expected everywhere, the south of the UK will likely experience the full brunt of it as the air moves up from mainland Europe.

  • Louis Allwood

    Early June forecast

    Rather changeable at the start of the period, with spells of rain or showers for many areas, some of these heavy and thundery.

    A change in weather is likely as we move from May into June, with a shift towards more settled, drier conditions.

    Showers still remain a possibility in some places, but a drier end to the period is likely for most.

    We can expect temperatures to continue to be warm or very warm, but likely to move back to nearer normal through June.

  • Louis Allwood

    Warm temperatures expected next week

    Settled and dry conditions are expected across the UK with temperatures above average for most.

    While warm weather is expected everywhere, the south of the UK will likely experience the full brunt of it as the air moves up from mainland Europe.

    The heatwave could also last into the following week, according to the Met Office.

    Their long-range forecast has predicted warm temperatures to last until May 23.

  • Louis Allwood

    North African blast heading our way

    BRITS, brace yourselves for early summer heat as a 25C North African blast is set to bring record temperatures.

    The sweltering weather is expected to reach our coasts making this the hottest May in 100 years.

    According to The Express, the UK is due to melt as temperatures reach the high 20s in the middle of this month.

    The hot weather is the result of a gust from Italy and the South of France.

    Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services told the Express: The near continent is getting hot and we’re getting a little bit of that warmth into London that will give us the warmest day of the year so far next week.”

    He added: “When we get to Wednesday, [we could see] 25 degrees in London. It continues into the following days.”

    From 16 May to 21 May, temperatures above 20C are likely but it’s expected to reach a dizzying 28C in areas, particularly in the south and south east.

    Meanwhile northern parts of the UK and Scotland will be as warm as 16C.

  • Louis Allwood

    Saturday to be a scorcher

    Firstly this week, the South is forecast to be mostly dry with spells of sunshine all week, but Saturday will be a scorcher.

    There may be the odd thunderstorm to break up the heat.

    Settled and dry conditions are expected across the UK with temperatures above average for most.

    While warm weather is expected everywhere, the south of the UK will likely experience the full brunt of it as the air moves up from mainland Europe.

    The heatwave could also last into the following week, according to the Met Office.

    Their long-range forecast has predicted warm temperatures to last until May 23.

  • Louis Allwood

    Odds on having hottest ever summer

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 4-5 (from 2-1) on the UK having its hottest ever summer this year.

    The firm go 2-1 for this month to be a record hot May, while it is 5-2 for 30C or higher being recorded this month in the UK.

    “We now make it odds-on for the UK to have a record hot summer this year. All the latest forecasts point to a sizzling summer," said Coral's John Hill.

    "The outlook for the rest of May is very bright. Our betting is pointing to temperatures reaching close to 30C," added Hill.

    Coral’s UK weather odds:

    • 4-5 Record hot summer
    • 2-1 Record hot May
    • 5-2 30C or higher being recorded in May

    UK weather outlook for Saturday and Sunday

    Saturday will bring another dry and sunny day across England and Wales. Patchy cloud and a few of showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Sunday will be mainly dry with sunny spells however there will be more in the way of cloud around and a chance of showers developing which may be heavy.

    Risk of showers & thunderstorms on Saturday night, warns Met Office

    While a fresh five-day heatwave is set to hit Britian from this Saturday, the Met Office has warned high pressure could see outbreaks of heavy rain and thunderstorms in to Sunday morning.

    It tweeted: "Thinking about the #weekend yet?

    "High pressure will bring some warm spells of sunshine, but also the risk of some heavy showers or thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday."

    South of England could see rain on Sunday and Monday

    Friday and Saturday are set for stunning sunshine with just a few showers in the far north, but the south has been warned of rain on Sunday and Monday.

    Brits can continue enjoying the recent mini-heatwave this weekend as the tropical temperatures are expected to drive crowds to the sea.

    Beaches have been packed for the last few weeks and Brighton is forecast for 20C weather all weekend.

    • Louis Allwood

      Friday to be largely dry and fine, says Met Office

      Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon said: "Through the weekend, warmer air is being drawn in from the continent over southern areas of the UK, and especially in the southeast.

      “While this will be responsible for some fine and dry weather on Saturday, it also brings with it the risk of some thundery showers on Saturday night and into Sunday morning in southern areas.

      "Friday in the South will be a largely dry and fine day, admittedly with some breeze around and some early cloud in Western areas.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Early summer heatwave expected

      The UK is expecting an early summer heatwave as a North African blast sweeps hot weather in.

      The country will sizzle this month, possibly breaking the record for the hottest May in 100 years.

      The current record is 27.8C which was recorded in Camden, North London on May 16, 1925 and next week forecaster at the Met Office believe that record could come close to being beaten.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Next week's weather is going to be glorious!

      There may be the odd thunderstorm to break up the heat.

      Settled and dry conditions are expected across the UK with temperatures above average for most.

      While warm weather is expected everywhere, the south of the UK will likely experience the full brunt of it as the air moves up from mainland Europe.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Met Office reveal details of Saturday's weather

      Stephen Dixon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said: "As we move into Saturday there is some early patchy cloud in the west but largely a dry and fine day with temperatures increasing on Saturday for most, especially in the South East.

      "Further north of Saturday and in the far north of Scotland, some lighter showers around on Saturday but gradually clearing as the day goes on.

      "However, late on Saturday night and into Sunday morning overnight as some warm air is drawn up from the continent there’s a chance of some heavier showers and some thunderstorm activity overnight. 

      "Early on Sunday that moves to the North East and behind it there’s some warm air coming in behind that but again temperatures could reach up to 25 degrees in the South East after that but it is largely dependent on how the cloud and rain develops over that Sunday and how things will go from there.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Short summary of this evening's weather

      The Met Office says the evening will be "largely dry across England and Wales with some late spells of sunshine breaking through".

      It added: "Scotland and Northern Ireland will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and showers which will turn increasingly light and patchy overnight.

      "Much of England and Wales will remain dry with clear spells."

    • Joseph Gamp

      In pictures: Sunny lunch break for City of London workers

      Following a damp and drizzly day on Wednesday, the sun has returned to London and the south east.

      Below, city workers are seen relaxing in the sunshine at The Scoop on London's riverside.

      It comes as temperatures are forecast to rise over the coming days in the region to a scorching maximum of 26C.

      City workers relaxing in the sunshine at the scoop on London riversideCredit: Alamy
    • Joseph Gamp

      This May could be the hottest in 100 years

      Previously, May 6 recorded a scorching 23.6C in Favesham, Kent.

      In fact, this month could be the hottest May in 100 years as sweltering weather is expected to reach our coasts..

      The current record is 27.8C which was recorded in Camden, North London on May 16, 1925.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Friday to be largely dry and fine, says Met Office

      Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon said: "Through the weekend, warmer air is being drawn in from the continent over southern areas of the UK, and especially in the southeast.

      “While this will be responsible for some fine and dry weather on Saturday, it also brings with it the risk of some thundery showers on Saturday night and into Sunday morning in southern areas.

      "Friday in the South will be a largely dry and fine day, admittedly with some breeze around and some early cloud in Western areas.

    • Joseph Gamp

      South of England could see rain on Sunday and Monday

      Friday and Saturday are set for stunning sunshine with just a few showers in the far north, but the south has been warned of rain on Sunday and Monday.

      Brits can continue enjoying the recent mini-heatwave this weekend as the tropical temperatures are expected to drive crowds to the sea.

      Beaches have been packed for the last few weeks and Brighton is forecast for 20C weather all weekend.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Risk of showers & thunderstorms on Saturday night, warns Met Office

      While a fresh five-day heatwave is set to hit Britian from this Saturday, the Met Office has warned high pressure could see outbreaks of heavy rain and thunderstorms in to Sunday morning.

      It tweeted: "Thinking about the #weekend yet?

      "High pressure will bring some warm spells of sunshine, but also the risk of some heavy showers or thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday."

    • Joseph Gamp

      North African blast heading our way

      BRITS, brace yourselves for early summer heat as a 25C North African blast is set to bring record temperatures.

      The sweltering weather is expected to reach our coasts making this the hottest May in 100 years.

      According to The Express, the UK is due to melt as temperatures reach the high 20s in the middle of this month.

      The hot weather is the result of a gust from Italy and the South of France.

      Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services told the Express: The near continent is getting hot and we’re getting a little bit of that warmth into London that will give us the warmest day of the year so far next week.”

      He added: “When we get to Wednesday, [we could see] 25 degrees in London. It continues into the following days.”

      From 16 May to 21 May, temperatures above 20C are likely but it’s expected to reach a dizzying 28C in areas, particularly in the south and south east.

      Meanwhile northern parts of the UK and Scotland will be as warm as 16C.

    • Louis Allwood

      Glorious weather forecast for next week

      It’s set to turn glorious over the next five days – but there may be the odd thunderstorm to break up the heat.

      Settled and dry conditions are expected across the UK with temperatures above average for most from the weekend onwards.

      While warm weather is expected everywhere, the south of the UK will likely experience the full brunt of it as the air moves up from mainland Europe.

    • Milica Cosic

      UK weather outlook for Saturday and Sunday

      Saturday will bring another dry and sunny day across England and Wales. Patchy cloud and a few of showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      Sunday will be mainly dry with sunny spells however there will be more in the way of cloud around and a chance of showers developing which may be heavy.

    • Milica Cosic

      Weather for tomorrow

      A fine day across England and Wales as it will be dry and bright with spells of sunshine and just some patchy fair-weather cloud building.

      There will be sunny spells and variable cloud cover across Scotland and Northern Ireland bringing outbreaks of rain and drizzle as well as a chance of showers.

    • Milica Cosic

      Forecast for tonight

      A largely dry evening across England and Wales with some late spells of sunshine breaking through.

      Scotland and Northern Ireland will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and showers which will turn increasingly light and patchy overnight.

      Much of England and Wales will remain dry with clear spells

    • Milica Cosic

      Warning: Rising pollen levels this weekend (2/2)

      Asthma attacks can be fatal, with around four people in the UK dying from one every day.

      Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead for Asthma and Lung UK, said: "When pollen levels are at their highest this can be deadly for those with lung conditions like asthma who can suffer serious symptoms and have life-threatening attacks.

      "These attacks can leave people fighting for breath, which can be terrifying, but there are things they can do to look after themselves.

      "Using your preventer inhalers as prescribed is important as the medicine reduces sensitivity and swelling in the airways, helping to prevent symptoms such as wheezing and coughing before they even start.

      "We also advise people to carry their reliever inhalers every day, especially when they are out and about enjoying the sunshine in case pollen does cause a flare-up of their symptoms.

      "Reliever inhalers quickly relax the muscles in the airways and ease symptoms immediately.

      "The third thing people can do is to use a steroid nasal spray every day, together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets to help stop the allergic reaction.

      "People should also check pollen and air pollution forecasts in their local area, so they can avoid going outdoors as much as possible on high pollen days."

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