A SPANISH plume is set to bring soaring temperatures to the UK over the next few weeks — before three more months of warm weather begin.
The Met Office’s long-range weather forecast says higher than average temperatures are more likely all the way to the beginning of July.
And Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze believes highs of 28C could arrive in Britain as early as May as warm air blows in from Spain.
He said: “28C would not be a surprise later in May, with warm air expected to arrive from southern Europe, known as a ‘Spanish plume’.”
Although it’s not yet possible to predict exactly how hot it will get in coming months, the long-range outlook is currently looking on the warmer side over the coming weeks.
Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent told The Sun Online: “The forecast is based on probabilities that are averaged over the whole three month period.
“So it’s a little bit like odds on a horse race – it’s not saying other outcomes are not possible, but that on balance over the three months we are slightly more likely to have warmer than average conditions.
“It’s not saying hot days, necessarily; it might be milder nights, for instance.”
Before the scorching weather kicks in, Brits will today see a mix of patchy rain and low cloud in southwest England, Wales and southwest Scotland.
The rain will clear slowly westwards – but will linger across Northern Ireland.
After early fog patches have cleared, the rest of the UK will be dry with warm sunny spells, the Met Office said.
Tonight, the rain will continue in Northern Ireland – but the rest of the UK will be dry with long clear spells.
On Tuesday, much of the UK will be mostly dry and bright – apart from cloud and patchy rain in the far west.
Heavy showers in Northern Ireland will spread into western Scotland later, forecasters said.
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By mid-week, showery rain will spread eastwards through the days which will eventually give way to a cooler northwesterly wind.
Thursday will be a much cooler and showery day lasting into Friday.
This will be mainly in the north – and there could even be snow falling on the higher ground of mountains in Scotland because of that northerly breeze.
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