A 30C scorcher is set to kick off the summer this weekend – but cooler temperatures will quickly return next week.
Forecasters predict a warm start to June, with UK temperatures rising above those of holiday hot spots like Ibiza and Barcelona in Spain.
A 30C summer scorcher will sweep in this weekend, with this weather graphic showing hot temperatures taking hold on Sunday afternoon[/caption]
The hot weather will mainly be focused in the South and East this weekend, with the hottest temperatures sweeping in on Sunday as this graphic shows[/caption]
But the weekend of hot sunshine will only last until Monday when the mercury takes a nosedive again, the Met Office has said.
After a few days of blazing sun, temperatures are then expected to plummet for a “fresh” start to next week.
Greg Dewhurst told the Sun Online: “Over the next few days it will get warmer and warmer, but it doesn’t look like it will last long.
“From Monday it will be a lot fresher again, dipping back to the mid to high teens.”
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Meteorologist Grahame Madge said there remains uncertainty as to the range of temperatures for the coming days as forecasters wait for the warm air to arrive.
He said: “The indication is that we could see highs of 28C, isolated highs of around 28C, on Saturday, and the most likely candidate places for those would be places like Norwich, north London, those sorts of areas away from the coast, but in the south-east corner of the UK.
“And on Sunday we could see highs of 29C, even possibly 30C.
“So Sunday looks very much as though it’s going to be a warmer day than Saturday.
“So we have got that warmth coming through.
“Once this warm front, and the air behind it, starts to pull across the UK then we will see temperatures starting to rise.”
HOT AIR SWEEPING IN
The Met Office spokesman said there will be a “fundamental change” once the warm front – known as tropical maritime air – starts to draw the warmer air across the UK later this week.
Mr Madge added: “We’re expecting its arrival overnight so probably getting into the western parts of Britain by just after midnight.
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“And then it will work its way across, reaching all parts of the UK by later in the week and the weekend.
According to the Met Office website, Barcelona and Ibiza will see highs of 24C (75F) on Sunday, while St Tropez is expected to reach 28C.
Bookmaker Coral has put 2-1 odds on this June being the hottest since records began.
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