Britain gets set for the hottest weekend of the year so far – in time for first Euro clash
Britain is set for the hottest weekend of the year so far as a mini-heatwave will send temperatures soaring as high as 82.4F (28C) – in time for the Euro 2020 kick-off.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said this weekend is on course to be the warmest of 2021 yet and the warmest weekend since the end of last summer.
He said Saturday, when Wales will play against Switzerland in the delayed tournament, may see showers in the north of England overnight which will clear before the daytime, while low cloud and patchy fog could appear in the south and western parts of England.
Sunday, the day which will see England take on Croatia, is predicted to be a ‘fine, dry day for most’, Mr Dixon added, with it predicted to be the warmest day of the weekend.
And a spell of high pressure means most areas will meet the weather service’s definition of a heatwave – defined as three days above a particular temperature threshold.
The sun is set to stick around for the rest of the month, with only north-western parts due a little wind and rain towards the end of next week.
The mercury soared above 70F (21C) for the 13th day in a row yesterday, continuing a remarkable turnaround that follows a miserable few months including the UK’s fourth wettest May on record and the coldest April since 1922.
It follows British tourists scrambling to leave the Algarve in Portugal last night to beat the ‘amber list’ deadline, while Boris Johnson faces mounting pressure from some scientists to delay the lockdown easing on June 21 amid the rapid spread of the Indian ‘Delta’ variant.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged that freedoms would be restored ‘soon’, but stressed it was ‘too early’ to assess if the end of lockdown – also known as ‘Freedom Day’ – will go ahead as planned in 12 days’ time.
Dancers Estela Romero, 18, and Anastasia Krokidi, 19, from Blackpool, enjoy the sunshine at a beach in the seaside town of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, this morning
Members of the public enjoy the sunshine in the botanical gardens in Sheffield this afternoon. A spell of high pressure means most areas will meet the Met Office’s definition of a heatwave
Britons relax in the hot weather at Ruislip Lido in Ruislip, north west London, on what is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year so far
The Met Office’s weather forecast for Britain this weekend, pictured above. The mercury soared above 70F (21C) for the 13th day in a row yesterday, continuing a remarkable turnaround
Temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are predicted to see highs around 77F (25C), with Sunday lined up to be the warmest day of the weekend for England, Scotland and Wales, according to the Met Office.
Temperatures above 70F (21C) for 13th day in a row
Maximum temperatures in Britain soared above 70F (21C) for the 13th day in a row yesterday. Here are the UK highs for the previous 12 days, including the hottest day of the year so far which was recorded last week:
June 7: 76.3F (24.6C) – Coningsby, Lincolnshire
June 6: 74.1F (23.4C) – St James’s Park, London
June 5: 75.2F (24C) – St James’s Park, London
June 4: 70.2F (21.2C) – Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
June 3: 76.5F (24.7C) – Santon Downham, Suffolk
June 2: 82.9F (28.3C) – Northolt, London – 2021 HIGH
June 1 : 79F (26.1C) – Cardiff
May 31 : 77.2F (25.1C) – Kinlochewe, Highlands
May 30 : 75.2F (24C) – Achnagart, Highlands
May 29 : 73.2F (22.9C) – Chivenor, Devon
May 28 : 71.8F (22.1C) – Achnagart, Highlands
May 27 : 71.6F (22C) – Wisley, Surrey
The last day the maximum was below 70F (21C) was May 26 when Killowen in County Down got to 65.5F (18.6C).
In Northern Ireland, Thursday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures rising to 71.6F (22C) or 73.4F (23C).
‘Friday will be largely fine and dry for much of the country,’ Mr Dixon said.
‘There is a band of cloud and light patchy rain in the far north-west of Scotland, and there’ll be some showers affecting parts of the west as well.
‘There’s also clouds in the south (of England), however temperatures will remain above average for this time of year and there will be long, warm sunny spells for central and south-east areas in particular.
‘You’re looking at temperatures of mid-20Cs across the country but in London it could be 80.6F (27C) on Friday.’
He added: ‘There will be long sunny periods for most, but there’s a chance some rain could reach the extreme north-west in the day.
‘Temperatures will remain above average for this time of year with highs across England generally in mid-20Cs and 80.6F (27C) in London.’
The Met Office’s Oli Claydon further explained: ‘There’s a definition of what a heatwave is – it is at least three consecutive days of maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding a temperature threshold.
‘It is above 82.4F (28C) for London and a large chunk of the south east, it is 80.6F (27C) for the Midlands and going towards the south west its 78.8F (26C).
‘In Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Devon and Cornwall and the north east its 77F (25C) – so it is a sliding scale depending on where you are, but we haven’t yet met that maximum threshold.’
The mercury could even tip 86F (30C) in parts of the South East by the beginning of next week.
Mr Claydon continued: ‘But by the beginning of the weekend and going into next week we might start to meet that criteria, by Sunday we might see 82.4F (28C) or 84.2F (29C).
Very #warm and humid conditions will develop across much of the country as we approach the weekend and it will feel quite hot in parts of the south 📈. But can we call it a heatwave?
Sunbathers flocked to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset on an afternoon of scorching hot sunshine
Families were seen in their swimwear with wind breakers and deck chairs as they gathered on the beach in Weymouth, Dorset, today
Crowds were seen out on Bournemouth beach today as people enjoyed clear blue skies and scorching temperatures
Sunseekers pictured on Bournemouth beach today as they enjoyed the bright sunshine. Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said this weekend, which will see the kick-off for Euro 2020, is on course to be the warmest weekend of the year so far
Gemma Moorey (left), 22, and Maria Coombes, 21, enjoy the sands and sunshine on Bournemouth beach this afternoon
Estela and Anastasia from Blackpool enjoy the beach in Lancashire. Bookmaker Coral has made it odds-on at 1-2 for this month to finish as the hottest June on record in the UK
Crowds out on Bournemouth beach today. Temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are predicted to see highs around 77F (25C)
A sunbather pictured in Minster on Sea, Kent, this morning. The weekend is set to be a scorcher with the mercury potentially tipping 86F (30C) in parts of the South East by the beginning of next week
Sunseekers seen enjoying the heat today on Bournemouth beach. Mr Dixon said Saturday may see showers in the north of England overnight which will clear before the daytime
Two sunseekers head to the seaside to enjoy the scorching temperatures in Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning
One sunbather sat in a camping chair and read Why Mummy Drinks by Gail Sims on the beach in Weymouth during the hot weather today
Lots of sunbathers with windbreakers and parasols were seen enjoying the seasonally hot weather on the beach in Weymouth, Dorset
The midweek sunshine brought hundreds of people to Bournemouth beach as people enjoyed the clear blue skies and bright sunshine
Families paddled on the shore to cool off in the water during the hot weather today
‘It looks set to continue into next week, that is outside of our detailed forecast but the indication is that settled warm weather is set to continue.’
Mr Claydon continued: ‘As well as the 82.4F/84.2F (28C/29C) expected in London and the south east, elsewhere in places like Nottingham will potentially be meeting the heat wave criteria with 80.6F (27C) forecast.
‘Various other places set to meet the heatwave threshold as well.’ He added: ‘There’s a chance we might get towards 86F (30C) at the beginning of next week.’
If you cannot get out and about this weekend, it looks like there will still be plenty of time to work on your tan, with at least a few more weeks of sunshine on the way, according to Met Office data.
‘The theme of high pressure is expected to continue throughout June, although we might see incursions of unsettled weather in the north-western parts of the UK including some wet and windy weather in Scotland,’ Mr Claydon said.
‘The broad theme is that the high pressure will bring more settled conditions across the UK.’ The weather might turn at the start of July, but there is nothing concrete on the cards, Mr Claydon said.
Walkers, boaters, paddle-boarders and cyclists enjoy the sunny weather and surroundings in a warm afternoon ahead of what is predicted to be a mini-heatwave over the weekend
Commuters cross London Bridge in the sunshine this morning as the glare bounces off the Shard building. Mr Claydon said: ‘It is above 82.4F (28C) for London and a large chunk of the south east’
The sunrise at Bamburgh beach in Northumberland early today. The weather might turn at the start of July, but there is nothing concrete on the cards, Oli Claydon said
High pressure will build in for the weekend and temperatures will increase further on Saturday and especially into Sunday
He added: ‘There are very early signs that the high pressure might start to break down at the end of the month but we are a long way from that yet.’
Grass and weed pollen levels are also increasing at the moment, the Met Office tweeted, with the highest levels expected in southern England during the coming days.
Bookmaker Coral has made it odds-on at 1-2 for this month to finish as the hottest June on record in the UK, despite thunderstorms and a drop in temperatures towards the start of this month.
Coral’s John Hill said: ‘With a glorious summer to look forward to, not only does the betting point to record high temperatures, we could even have a hosepipe ban this year.’
But despite bookies offering odds on this being the hottest June ever, it is too early in the month to say whether we will see record-breaking average temperatures.
Mr Claydon explained that the average maximum daytime temperature for June is 63.1F (17.3C), but that the first eight days of June 2021 have sat a couple of degrees higher than that at 67.5F (19.7C).
The record average maximum June temperature was set in 1940 at 68.9F (20.5C).
‘Currently we are not even in the top five hottest Junes on record,’ Mr Claydon said.