Much of the UK has been battered by heavy rain and thunderstorms this week, with some regions experiencing hail and lightning. But, some forecasters claim a scorching heatwave will grip some parts of Britain next week, bringing an abrupt end to the unsettled weather. According to Brian Gaze, from the Weather Outlook, thermometers could even nudge towards a sizzling 33C next week.
The hot weather is expected to move in early next week, before taking hold in southern regions by Wednesday.
By Thursday, much of England will experience warmer temperatures, with the mercury rocketing to 31C in the capital.
Forecaster Brian Gaze predicted some regions could even see blistering heat of up to 33C next week.
After assessing the latest weather charts, Mr Gaze wrote on Twitter yesterday (Wednesday): “Next week’s details are uncertain but GFS 06z is firing up the blowtorch.
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“Add a couple of C to the raw values and (big if) if it verifies we could see 33C a week today.”
In a later tweet, Mr Gaze looked in detail at a separate weather chart, before adding: “All eyes on the chance of 90F (32.2C) being hit!”
He said: “Probability forecasts firming up on a very warm or hot spell of weather next week.”
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It comes as BBC Weather has forecast warmer temperatures from continental Europe to move across the country next week, heating up Britain – particularly the south of the nation.
The BBC Weather outlook from Monday, June 22 to Sunday, June 28, wrote: “Through early next week, high pressure is expected to reach in from the southwest of the UK.
“This will bring plenty of dry and warm weather to England and Wales, with sunny periods for many.
“However, areas of low pressure will continue to persist out to the northwest of the UK, and these will likely give some showers or longer spells of rain to Scotland and Northern Ireland at times, although predominately to northwest Scotland.”
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Next week’s details are uncertain but GFS 06z is firing up the blowtorch
They added that into the “middle of next week” high pressure will build across the south 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”.
They said although there is “uncertainty on how long this hot spell will last across the southeast of the UK” it seems “likely that high pressure will weaken by the weekend, perhaps with showers developing”.
BBC Weather said: “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.”
UK weather forecast: More settled conditions expected next week
Meanwhile, the Met Office has also forecast hotter temperatures sweeping across Britain next week.
The national weather service said, “there are signs of a more settled and dry spell of weather becoming established for many parts towards the middle part” of next week.
The Met Office 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.
“More generally changeable and somewhat cooler conditions are likely to return again by the end of this period.”
This weekend, however, will be a very different picture for Britons.
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The Met Office’s outlook for Saturday to Monday reads: “Sunny spells on Saturday with a few showers in the east.
“Overnight wind and rain clearing east on Sunday with showers following. Further rain possible in the west on Monday.”
There is also a yellow weather warning in place for the UK for thunderstorms.
The Met Office claim that “heavy rain over southwest UK and a few heavy and possibly thundery showers further east, may lead to disruption due to flooding.”
The thunderstorm warning, which is in place for southern areas across the UK until the end of today (Thursday), warns: “Rain will be persistent and at times heavy across more southern parts of Wales, in South West England and the West Country, where 30-60 mm could fall in a few places, dying out overnight.
“Further east, a few slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms may develop, possibly producing 20-25 mm of rain within an hour. Lightning could be an additional hazard. These dying out during the evening.”