Sun-starved Britons will enjoy 21C today with more sunshine to come

Finally a taste of Spring? Sun-starved Britons will enjoy 21C temperatures today with more sunshine to come this week – as forecaster predict a June heatwave could be on the way thanks to African Plume

  • A grey and cloudy start gives way to sunshine, with hottest temperature of 21C 
  • It comes as experts predict an African plume heading towards the UK in June

A cloudy and drizzly start is set to make way for sunshine today, while forecasters predict Britain is heading towards temperatures in the 30s in June.

It follows a buoyant day yesterday, which saw Scotland experience its joint hottest day of the year so far with climes reaching 21C.

Patches of grey and damp are expected to clear the UK by this afternoon, with the warmest weather in the southeast.

London will enjoy temperatures of 21C while the rest of the UK will bask in climes reaching the mid-tens for most of the day.

Experts predict an ‘African plume’ will see a heatwave in June, with balmy weather lasting well into August and September.

A misty sunrise at Colmers Hill near Bridport in Dorset this morning, with the promise of sunshine later

A man picks litter on a misty, hazy morning by the coast in Swanage, Dorset

The Met Office says it is too premature to give specific forecasts for June weather.

But, a spokesman told The Mirror: ‘The most likely scenario for the end of May is for drier weather in the north, with an increased chance of periods of rain and possibly thunder in the south and southwest.

‘Into June, high pressure is predicted to remain dominant, especially for northern areas, with cloud, rain and showers more likely to the south, although there is a level of uncertainty associated with this. An increased likelihood of above average temperatures for many.’

James Madden, from Exacta Weather, also Mr Madden says ‘confidence has only increased’ over heatwaves, adding: ‘A number of African plumes are also likely from later in August and into September, and very early indications and some strong indicators are for a warm to hot September this year.

‘The peak of these heat surges in June and July could see maximum temperatures ranging in the low to mid 30s, and the late summer/August heatwave could sign off summer 2023 with temperatures ranging a notch or two higher than this.’

But a slow-moving weather front will bring some wet weather at the start of next week into southern and eastern areas and hold back temperatures again

London and the southeast will enjoy temperatures of 21C while much of the UK will bask in climes reaching the mid-tens for most of the day

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: ‘It’s been an energetic week of weather with heavy showers and in some places a thunderstorm.

‘But it all calms down a little at least for a day or two heading in this weekend as an area of high pressure starts to topple in from the North West and by Saturday morning virtually everyone is fine and settled.’

He said there would be lots of low cloud across the UK first thing tomorrow, which would be thickest along the North Sea coast where there will be some patchy drizzle.

This will see temperatures ‘held back’ in cities such as Norwich and Hull to only 14C (57F) – but the mercury should reach 21C (70F) in southern England.

On Sunday there will be wet start for northern Scotland and Northern Ireland before the rain pushes into western England through the morning.

Drinkers and the landlord at The Walnut Tree pub in the Somerset village of West Camel near Yeovil at 11pm on Tuesday – as they refused to let the flooding stop them enjoying a pint

Heavy rain caused roads to flood in Essex on Wednesday with several vehicles getting stuck

Severe flooding in the Devon village of Tipton St John on Tuesday following heavy rain

Flooding in Frome, Somerset, on Tuesday as parts of the UK endured thunder and heavy rain 

There will be sunny and largely fine weather towards South East with temperatures up to 22C (72F).

But a slow-moving weather front will bring some wet weather at the start of next week into southern and eastern areas and hold back temperatures again.

Monday is likely be a day of scattered clouds and showers for all, some thundery in the North East.

However, after that for much of next week more settled weather is expected although it will also be a bit cooler.

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