The UK could see the hottest day of the year so far this bank holiday weekend, with temperatures expected to hit 24C by Sunday.
The Met Office has indicated a predominantly dry and sunny outlook for the UK in its latest forecast, with warm temperatures expected across the country over the bank holiday weekend, which also coincides with the start of the half-term school holidays.
This comes after widespread dry weather with plenty of sunshine on Thursday, which contributed to some of the hottest days experienced in the UK so far this year.
The highest temperature of 2023 was recorded in Cardiff on Monday with a pleasant 23.4°C.
Meteorologist Simon Partridge said it could get even hotter over the weekend with highs of 24C possible in south-east Wales and around the Bristol Channel on Saturday and Sunday.
“We are slowly getting there. Hints of summer,” Partridge said, adding: “I guess for a holiday weekend it’s pretty rare to be this dry and sunny so we’re not doing too bad.
The weather is expected to feature variable cloudiness with extended periods of sunny spells, particularly in southern England.
Scotland may experience cloudier conditions with some patchy drizzle. Cool winds are forecast along the north and south coasts.
The northwest may experience more cloudiness, accompanied by occasional patchy showers. Temperatures will be warm during the day, although nights can be cooler.
Favorable weather conditions are anticipated to continue through the coming week. Many regions can expect predominantly good and stable weather, although some northern and eastern areas may feel cooler, particularly with the sea breeze.
High pressure systems will dominate the weather, providing dry conditions for much of the country. There is a potential for weak frontal systems to bring patchy rain to the far north, and over time there may be an increased chance of showers, potentially thunderstorms, moving north or developing in southern areas.
Temperatures are expected to remain above average except for coastal areas where land breezes develop. Winds will generally be light, although the southern coastal areas and far north can sometimes experience stronger gusts.
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