The UK has been battered by ferocious thunderstorms and heavy rain this week as unsettled conditions swept across the nation. But, the miserable weather is set to come to an abrupt end with forecasters predicting blisteringly hot temperatures on the way. And, thermometers could even nudge towards 36C potentially “beating” the UK’s June temperature record, as the warm air moves across Britain next weekend.
Brian Gaze, forecaster for The Weather Outlook, posted a series of charts on Twitter, predicting the surge in temperatures next weekend.
One chart shows London hitting a sizzling 36C on Friday 26 June, while parts of northern England and Wales also bask in near-30C heat.
Another chart also shows near-30C heat for much of England on Thursday 25 June.
Mr Gaze wrote on Thursday evening: “Absolutely crazy CMC 12z run today. The raw data shows 36C being hit in southern England a week tomorrow.
“Is the ALL time UK June record 35.6C in Southampton 1976? I’m not certain but if it is this would beat it.”
UK heatwave forecast: Chart shows tempeatures hit 36C next weekend
UK weather forecast: Temperature chart on Saturday 27 June – 36C hitting London
He quickly added: “The CMC GEM 12z is just completing TWO. Chart now available for Sat 27th June shows the heat building EVEN more!
“At this rate, the all-time temperature record could be under threat less than a year after it was set. Absolute madness!”
A third chart from the Weather Outlook for Saturday 27 June shows temperatures in the capital once again hitting highs of 36C.
The UK’s highest daily maximum temperature record was set on June 28, 1976, where thermometers reached 35.6C.
The same temperature was reached at London’s Camden Square on June 29, 1957, according to the Met Office.
But, the Weather Outlook forecaster did warn the early signs suggest next weekend could also turn “very thundery”.
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Thunderstorm risk next weekend
Mr Gaze said: “As well as hot next week there are early signs of it turning very thundery.
“Way too far off to be confident but there could be some real firecrackers around during the weekend of 27/28 June.”
In the Weather Outlook’s 14-day forecast, Mr Gaze notes the “June maximum temperature record could be challenged” as scorching air moves northwards.
The outlook reads: “An area of low pressure deepens in the Atlantic early in the week and weather fronts associated with it push southeastwards across the UK.
Lightning storms, heavy rain and flooding alerts issued [MAPS]
Maps show hot weather to return on THIS date [LONG-RANGE]
UK weather: Blistering 33C heatwave to SCORCH Britain [CHARTS]
Temperature charts on Tuesday 23 June
UK hot temperature record – charts
The raw data shows 36C being hit in southern England a week tomorrow
“Thereafter high pressure builds from the southwest into continental Europe.
“Very warm upper-level air is pulled northwards across much of the UK.
“The pattern offers the potential for notably hot weather in the UK and some computer model runs are suggesting the June maximum temperature record could be challenged.”
BBC Weather has also forecast “very warm” temperatures to build next week.
UK heatwave forecast: Temperatures on Friday 26 June
They claim from the middle of next week “high pressure will build across the south of the UK and allow warmth to build in from continental Europe”, allowing “very warm” temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday.
They add this could allow temperatures to reach “into the high 20s Celsius in southeast England”.
But BBC Weather note: “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.”
The Met Office also forecast “more settled and dry spell of weather becoming established for many parts towards the middle part” of next week.
UK average temperatures – chart
They added: “It will probably become generally warm, perhaps very warm in places, especially for southeastern areas.
“However, the northwest may stay more changeable, whilst there is a risk of thunderstorms in some southern parts.”
Leading bookmakers have even slashed odds on this summer to go down as the hottest on record.
“We’re headed for a heatwave and we think that this summer is going to be sweltering. We make it odds on to be our hottest ever,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.