Bank Holiday jetstream from Africa to unleash 22C scorcher across UK
10-day weather trend: Warmer for the Bank Holiday
Temperatures across the UK will jump over the next few days, as Britons enjoy Bank Holiday warmth. The UK could see temperatures rocket up to 22C “which will feel pleasantly warm in strong sunshine,” according to NetWeather’s Jo Farrow and the latest weather maps. The heat blast is thanks to a jet stream from Africa, which has already caused record-breaking April temperatures in Spain and Portugal.
The plume of hot air led to a new April record of 39C in parts of Andalucia on Friday, while Cordoba reached a record 38.8C on Thursday.
Ms Farrow said that the warmth could be set to continue into next week as May gets off to a warm start.
She noted that there are signs in the forecast warmer air from Spain “will be drawn up through France and by midweek towards southern Britain”.
London will see the warmest temperatures this weekend, according to the forecast, while Manchester, Glasgow, and Bristol could all see 21C by next Thursday.
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However, it was not all sunshine as the Netweather meteorologist warned that the far north of Scotland could see some snow showers over high ground.
She added: “There will be chilly nights too and Saturday night looks cold with the risk of frost for northern and eastern Britain.”
There could also be substantial and frequent rainfall in western areas on Saturday while Bank Holiday Monday could see downpours towards the east.
The meteorologist explained the mixed outlook: “The next few days are looking warmer but some areas will see showers or even thundery downpours.
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“There is the potential to move into the low twenties Celsius for southern Britain, especially Greater London where the sunshine breaks through.”
The Met Office has said that temperatures will be around 18 – 21C across parts of the UK this weekend.
Meanwhile, Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, echoed the forecasts of a warm start to May.
He said: “A big heatwave is on the way in Spain and it will certainly pick up in the UK.”
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Mr Dale added: “But models may also be slow to fully catch on.
“I think we will get a taste of the heat into May but it could easily be fickle and disappear as fast as it arrives.
“Nevertheless, the first real taste of proper warmth for sure but the depth and length are as yet to be determined.
“My best estimate is about 23C to 24C in southeast England in early May.”
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