UK Weather: Heatwave predicted in London as temperatures rise

The UK could be hotter than Portugal as temperatures hit 32C

Britain could soon be hotter than Portugal, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cyprus (Image: PA/REX)

Get your sunscreen ready because the UK is approaching ‘the first really hot day of summer’.

The last few months have been somewhat disappointing so far with rain, low temperatures and wind dominating May and June.

But forecasters have promised plenty of heat waves in the coming months.

Temperatures will rise on Friday London could even reach 32°C.

“There haven’t been many exceptionally warm or hot days this year, but that will change,” said Steven Keates of the Met Office.

“We are expected to experience a brief heatwave late this coming week.”

South east England can experience temperatures of 32C on Friday and Mr Keates added: “It could potentially be a bit hotter… Mid-thirties are possible.”

If the forecast is correct, Britain will be hotter than Portugal, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Canary Islands and Cyprus.

London will experience the warmest weather ‘possible’ on Friday at 32C, says the Met Office (Image: PA)
Forecasters say the hottest day of the year will be ‘comfortably’ beaten on Friday (Image: PA)

It would also be the hottest day of the year so far, dwarfing the record 27.5C set at Heathrow in mid-May.

Mr Keates said: “We should be comfortably beating that on Friday and possibly be beating it or very close on Wednesday and Thursday as well,” Mr Keates said.

However, not all parts of the UK will benefit from this Friday’s mini heatwave.

The people of Newcastle have just 20C on Friday compared to the higher temperatures in London.

Costa del Broadstairs: Temperatures hit 26C this weekend on the Kent coast

Costa del Broadstairs: Temperatures hit 26C this weekend on the Kent coast

Edinburgh will also skip the heatwave with a cloudy week and temperatures between 18 and 22C.

Mr Keates added that heat waves – three consecutive days of high temperatures – were possible between June and mid-September.

“We believe it will be warmer than average at the moment, with an increasing likelihood of heat waves,” he said.

“There haven’t been any heat waves so far this year…the more likely it will be further south, southeast of you.”

This weekend the weather was very mixed on different sides of the border.

Influenced by the hot air in Europe, the south of England and parts of Wales enjoyed sunny weather with temperatures reaching 24°C.

Meanwhile, ex-tropical storm Alex brought blustery winds and heavy rain to Scotland.

So-called “super pollen” have also caused chaos for those affected by hay fever in the last week.

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Justin Scacco

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