This week could be the hottest of the summer so far, with London seeing temperatures hotter than Ibiza by Wednesday
Britain is set to welcome temperatures of the likes of the Mediterranean in the coming days, with London predicted to have temperatures even hotter than Ibiza.
Nazaneen Ghaffar, a weather presenter for Sky News, has said that this week could potentially be the hottest week of Summer of 2020 so far, she has predicted that temperatures in the South of England will rise to 34C (93F) by Thursday.
This comes as Boris Johnson is expected to outline his plans to parliament for the re-opening of pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers and a reduction of the two-metre rule.
Following Monday’s milder spell of heat, the UK’s capital city will reach around 30C (86F) midway into the week, which is two degrees hotter than the forecast temperatures in Ibiza. This week’s rise in temperatures could also set a new record for the hottest day of the year.
Dan Suri, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “Northern Ireland and Scotland will be under a band of cloud and rain on Monday and Tuesday; however, it’ll be dry elsewhere with plenty of warm sunshine and temperatures reaching 28C (82.4F) or 29C (84.2F) in a few spots on Tuesday.”
“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 30C (86F) to 34C (93.2F).”
“This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week.”
Mr Suri said that the UK should also expect to see some warmer nights this week as overnight temperatures will remain in the mid-high teens throughout England and Wales.
This week’s hot weather is due to high pressures to the east of the UK, bringing air across the country in a clockwise direction and therefore winds coming from the Atlantic.
Meteorologists are unsure of how long this week’s heatwave will last for, however, there could be a change later in the week, even with the potential for thunderstorms to occur in the nation on Friday.
“We may see a breakdown of the heat with thunderstorms breaking out quite widely,” Ghaffar said.
“The thunderstorms may have origins from a Spanish plume. The showers could bring torrential downpours, hail, frequent lightning and strong winds. Later in the day there also looks to be thicker cloud and rain spreading in from the west, ushering in cooler conditions.”
She added: “The rest of the week looks to remain unsettled, with further showers or longer spells of rain and temperatures returning to normal again.”