UK weather maps and charts have revealed the country will claw back from the gloom and chill of the last week, as a scorching heatwave is on the way. The latest spell of hot weather would be the third of 2020 so far and will see temperatures skyrocket towards the mid 30C range. Charts and weather maps have revealed the true extent of the surge in heat this week – and Express.co.uk brings you the latest forecast.
Charts from Severe Weather Europe have painted the UK with a foreboding red mist as warm weather descends on the country.
The shade shows temperatures will spike to the high 20s and mid 30s in some places, as the warm weather spreads through the continent.
Severe Weather Europe said afternoon temperatures would push into the latter in “many regions”.
They said: “The warmer weather will gradually spread north into western and northern Europe in the coming days.”
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Maps from the weather data provider showed parts of north England will see balmy 25C temperatures this evening and London forecast to see 26C highs at about 6pm tonight.
The maximum temperature forecast maps anticipate the rest of the UK will see 2- to 24C, with the midlands and south east of England seeing the higher end of the mercury.
Slightly chillier temperatures are expected today for those on the west coast, with parts of Cornwall and Cumbria forecast to see highs of 17 to 18C.
While charts show the whole of England will bask in 20C or higher on Wednesday, with London expecting about 29C into the evening.
The west coast will remain on the chillier side with 17 and 18C in some places, and 16C highs on the north Wales coastline.
Scotland, too, is expected to be chillier as the WXCharts suggest the mercury will hit 19C.
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Met Office weather forecasters said maximum temperatures could brush 30 to 34C by the mid-week.
Dan Suri, the Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said the hot weather should last until at least Friday, meaning heatwave conditions will develop.
He said: “Temperatures will continue to climb through the week with a hot spell developing across much of England and Wales.
“From Wednesday temperatures will widely reach into the high twenties Celsius and it’ll be hot across much of the UK, especially central and southern England where we could see highs of 30 to 34 Celsius.
“This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week.”
“In addition to the warm days, we are going to see some warm nights this week as temperatures overnight remain in the mid-high teens across England and Wales.”
The reason for the latest run of warm weather is due to air sweeping across the country from the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr Suri said: “We quite often see warm, southerly air from the continent bringing these high temperatures to the UK in summer, however this week, the air across the UK has arrived from the Atlantic.
“This Atlantic air will descend and warm up as it moves across the UK and this in combination with clear skies and strong late-June sunshine, we’re seeing temperatures rise.”
While the latest hot spell pushes temperatures to the extreme, they may not quite reach the highest ever recorded in June.
According to the Met Office, the record emerged more than 40 years ago, when meteorologists recorded 35.6C in Mayflower Park, Southhampton on June 28, 1976.
The temperature is nearly 13C warmer than the coldest, which was 22.7C.
Meteorologists recorded June’s lowest on the same day on the Isle of Wight.