The UK has been hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms this week with unsettled conditions likely to continue towards the weekend. But, a scorching heatwave is on the way, according to the latest weather maps, with thermometers expected to tip towards 31C. Forecasters claim the heat will move in from continental Europe next week before much of England enjoys the extremely warm conditions.
Temperature charts from Netweather, show thermometers in London reaching 31C on Thursday, June 25, and widely around 25C to 27C across much of England.
On the same day, the weather charts also show temperatures reaching as high as 24C in some parts of Scotland.
WxCharts also predicts blistering heat to grip much of the nation next week.
Weather charts show warmer air moving northwards from Spain and France towards Britain on Tuesday 23 June before finally gripping the whole of the nation by Thursday 25 June.
UK heatwave forecast: Scorching temperatures to hit next week
Hot weather moving towards the UK next week
Brian Gaze, forecaster for the Weather Outlook, also noted the hot temperatures seemingly heading straight for Britain’s shores next week.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Gaze said: “Here we go again? Possibly, Possibly not! A few of the GEFS runs bring in blowtorch heat between 25/06 and 28/06.
“Not yet certain but given recent years you’d NOT discount it.”
BBC Weather has also forecast high pressure to move in bringing “plenty of dry and warm weather to England and Wales” from next week.
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UK heatwave forecast: Temperatures to hit 31C
Into the middle of next week, high pressure will build across the south of the UK and allow warmth to build in from continental Europe
Their outlook from Monday, June 22, to Sunday, June 28, reads: “Into the middle of next week, high pressure will build across the south of the UK and allow warmth to build in from continental Europe, becoming very warm for Wednesday and Thursday, with a chance of temperatures reaching into the high 20s Celsius in southeast England.
“There is some uncertainty on how long this hot spell will last across the southeast of the UK, but it seems likely that high pressure will weaken by the weekend, perhaps with showers developing.
“As we lose the high pressure, we open the door to areas of low pressure encroaching from the northwest, which could introduce some wetter, breezier and cooler weather.
“This is most likely in the north and west of the country, whilst the south and east may well keep hold of the dry and warm conditions for a little longer through the weekend.”
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The Met Office also note the warm air moving across much of the country next week.
They wrote: “There are signs of a more settled, dry spell becoming established for many parts during the early to middle part of next week.
“It will probably become generally warm, perhaps very warm in places, more especially for southeastern areas.
“However, the northwest may stay more changeable, whilst there is a risk of thunderstorms in some southern parts.
“More generally changeable and somewhat cooler conditions are likely to return again by the last weekend of June.”
Hotter weather will move towards Britain next week – charts
Despite the hot weather expected to move in next week – conditions towards the end of this week are likely to remain unsettled.
Mr Gaze from the Weather Outlook, said: “Tomorrow the rain in southern and central counties spreads northeastwards.
“By mid-afternoon, it is likely to be affecting Northern Ireland and parts of northern England.
“Heavy showers develop to the south of it. To the north a few showers are possible but it should be mostly dry.”
And looking at Friday, the forecaster said there will be “sunny spells but there will be showers too.”
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He added: “The heaviest ones are expected to be in the north and east of the UK. Wales and the southwest could miss most of them.
“Forecast details for the weekend remain uncertain. On Saturday a ridge of high pressure is likely to keep things dry and bright in central and eastern areas. In the west, cloud thickens and outbreaks of rain push in from the Atlantic.
“During Sunday the wet weather probably clears southeastwards with brighter conditions following into much of the country.”
Leading bookmakers have even slashed odds on this year to experience the hottest summer on record.
Coral’s John Hill said: ”Our betting suggests we are set for the hottest summer on record in the UK this year, with temperatures set to soar next month.
“Although it has been a wet June, it is likely to be a dry summer so we are not ruling out a hosepipe ban later this year.”