Met Office: Jubilee heatwave to strike Britain on the exact date of 20C

BRITS are in for a 21C heatwave starting today, with rising temperatures setting the stage for three months of spectacular weather.

Experts predict that temperatures will rise from today (Thursday May 5), as experts predict that the mercury will reach the low twenties and there will be plenty of sunshine and warm air.

Thursday will become balmy with temperatures below 18C. The weekend will see temperatures rise to 19C.

London and the South-East will see the best of warm weather thanks to a scorching 20C forecast for the capital.

Forecasters have predicted warm weather stints in the second half of May, with hot spells in June likely to bake Britain.

Thanks to a “Spanish sizzler” blowing in from the continent in the week of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from June 2 to 5, when Her Majesty will mark 70 years on the throne.

The Met Office’s long term outlook for the period says: “Chances and severity of heatwaves and hot weather are higher than average, particularly later in the period.”

“There is an increase in the likelihood of warmer-than-average conditions over the three months.”

Check out our UK weather blog live for the most recent forecasts and updates…

  • The most recent view from space

    The Met Office published a satellite image that shows the UK’s weather from space.

    It tweeted:

    “Here’s the latest view from space.”

  • Pictures: A stunning sunrise in the City of London

    Brits will see temperatures rise to 21C starting today after a week of wintry weather and torrential rains.

    The image below captures the sun rising behind buildings and offices in London’s City of London Financial District.

    According to forecasters, the majority of the warm weather is expected to be in London and the South-East. This trend will continue into the weekend.

    This morning, the sun rises behind London’s skyscrapers.Credit: Reuters
  • Up to the end of June, temperatures higher than average

    The Met Office also predicts higher-than-normal temperatures for the three months April through June.

    This week, the mercury is set to soar and provide a real taste of summer – making some parts of the country hotter than Ibiza.

    You will want to make sure that you have a spot for sunbathing on Thursday as the heat could rival those of Europe’s top holiday spots.

    Conditions will be warmer than Saint-Tropez in France, and Crete in Greece – but meteorologists warned not to expect “wall-to-wall sunshine”.

  • It’s a sunny and mild weekend ahead

    Brits can expect a dry and mild weekend, which will continue into next week.

    The south will enjoy beautiful weather, in particular.

    Showers will be scattered in Northerly areas, but temperatures are forecast to remain above average throughout the UK except for those located along the coast.

  • Weather set to hit 20C in coming days – but it’s not a heatwave

    BBC Weather says despite 20C temperatures being forecast from tomorrow, Brits won’t be experiencing a heatwave at the end of the week

    It tweeted: “You may have heard/read news about a heatwave coming our way?

    “Well, while it’s set to turn warmer than average in the coming days with temperatures up to high teens/low twenties, it won’t qualify as a heatwave.”

  • May 6/4 to be hottest ON RECORD

    LADBROKES HAVE SLASHED ODDS on this going down as the hottest May on record.

    Having been a 2/1 shot last weekend, the bookies now make it just 6/4 for this month to play host to the hottest May EVER, with temperatures set to rise once again.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Temperatures are soon set to soar in the coming days, and the latest odds suggest this could go down as a record-breaking hot May as a result.”

  • Heavy showers now spreading East, says Met Office

    It’s been a wet, windy & damp May afternoon today.

    The latest map from the weather agency shows a band of rain moving eastwards across the UK.

    It also says eastern Scotland will also be experiencing a few rumbles of thunder this afternoon.

    Have a look at the map below.

  • Better weather is coming this weekend

    It’s set to be dry and milder this weekend leading into next week.

    In particular, the south will likely enjoy some lovely weather.

    Northerly areas will see a scattering of showers, though temperatures are expected to remain above average across the UK apart from in coastal areas.

  • Londoners could see highs of 21C today

    Early mist and fog patches will soon clear to leave a mostly fine day, with bright or sunny spells for many.

    Feeling warm in the sunshine, with light winds and maximum temperatures of 21 °C.

  • Eight days of sunshine from Monday

    The country could also be in store for eight straight days of sunshine from next Monday, according to BBC Weather.

    It comes after balmy weather over the Bank Holiday weekend saw Brits soaked as rain dampened the three-day break.

    But Brits are in store for some sunshine in the coming weeks.

    The Met Office is also forecasting hotter-than-normal temperatures across the two months from May to the end of June.

    This week, the mercury is set to soar and provide a real taste of summer – making some parts of the country hotter than Ibiza.

  • Mid-may heatwave

    The Met Office predicts a “brief heatwave” will hit in mid-May.

    Highs of 23C are expected in the south of England, with one forecaster hinting it may become “very warm” this month.

    Met meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures are several degrees above where they should be at this time of year.”

  • Glorious heatwave to bring 30C for a WEEK

    A heatwave is heading to the UK just in time for the Platinum Jubilee weekend – and it’s set to be a scorcher.

    A “Spanish sizzler” is set to bring temperatures of up to 30C during the week the Queen celebrates her 70 years on the throne.

    The weather front is forecast to blow in from the continent at the end of May, bringing a much-needed dose of sunshine with it.

    The incredible weather will be a major boost for thousands of Brits digging out their barbecues and bunting to mark Her Majesty’s mighty achievement in style.

  • Gardening mistakes that could see homeowners break the LAW

    Under the Rights of Light Act – dating back to 1959 – if a window has received natural light for 20 years or more, neighbours are not allowed to block it with a new tree.

    This rule also applies to fences and new garden buildings such as summer houses or sheds.

    If you put anything up that could block light from your neighbour’s windows, they could rightly object and you will find yourself wishing you’d not splashed out on that new bamboo.

    The most broken law in all of gardening between neighbours, is collecting someone else’s fruit.

    You cannot pick and keep fruit from someone’s else’s overhanging branches, EVEN if they are leaning into your garden.

  • Weather outlook for Friday to Sunday

    Band of rain, locally heavy, moves southeast across the UK on Friday.

    Settled and mostly dry at the weekend, with warm sunny spells and light winds for most.

  • Weather summary for tomorrow

    Dry with bright or sunny spells for most, best of the sunshine in the southeast.

    Cloudier and breezier with rain at times in the far northwest.

    Warmer than of late.

  • Great British sizzler forecast for Queen’s Jubilee

    Forecasters are predicting a 30C sizzler for the Queen’s Jubilee, with temperatures potentially reaching highs of 30C.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza, helping sun-starved Brits celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

    Weather maps show the UK burning a deep orange over the celebratory period – and meteorologists reckon the mercury could top 30C in some parts.

  • ‘Extreme heat can pop up at short notice’

    A forecaster said: “Temperatures are expected to be close to or above normal throughout the period to May 13, with some bright weather.

    “May 13 to 27 has temperatures most likely above normal for all areas, with an increased chance of warm spells.

    “The South looks drier, with showers possible in the North.”

    But ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “There’ll be a warming trend ahead – and extreme heat can crop up at short notice.”

  • A dry and mild weekend ahead

    Brits will be in for a dry and milder this weekend leading into next week.

    In particular, the south will likely enjoy some lovely weather.

    Northerly areas will see a scattering of showers, though temperatures are expected to remain above average across the UK apart from in coastal areas.

  • Solar storm ‘side swipes’ Earth causing ‘strong radio blackout’

    A solar flare that’s just “side-swiped” Earth ended up causing radio blackouts over the Atlantic Ocean and Europe.

    Space weather experts revealed that radiation from the flare hit Earth’s atmosphere and messed with our planet’s tech.

    Experts at SpaceWeather.com said: “An active sunspot is emerging over the Sun’s southeastern limb.

    “It announced itself today with an X1.1-class solar flare (May 3rd @ 1325 UTUT).”

    They added: “Radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a strong shortwave radio blackout over the Atlantic Ocean and Europe.”

    Some signals were reduced for over an hour.

  • Met Office issues rush hour travel warning for motorists

    The Met Office has advised people on the roads to take extra care during heavy downpours this evening.

    Showers are moving across eastern England and some areas will also see hail and thunder.

    Check out the agency’s map for rush hour below.

  • Weather summary for this evening and tonight

    The Met Office has published a statement on tonight’s expected conditions.

    The summary says early evening showers will fade, “leaving most areas dry with clear spells overnight”.

    It added: “Probably a few fog patches about, most likely over southwest England, Wales and East Anglia.

    “Turning cloudier with rain at times in the far northwest.”

  • Glorious heatwave to bring 30C for a WEEK

    A heatwave is heading to the UK just in time for the Platinum Jubilee weekend – and it’s set to be a scorcher.

    A “Spanish sizzler” is set to bring temperatures of up to 30C during the week the Queen celebrates her 70 years on the throne.

    The weather front is forecast to blow in from the continent at the end of May, bringing a much-needed dose of sunshine with it.

    The incredible weather will be a major boost for thousands of Brits digging out their barbecues and bunting to mark Her Majesty’s mighty achievement in style.EditDelete

  • Met Office predicts mid-May ‘mini heatwave’

    The experts over at the Met Office predict a “brief heatwave” will hit our shores in mid-May.

    Highs of 23C are expected in the south of England, with one forecaster hinting it may become “very warm” this month.

    Met meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures are several degrees above where they should be at this time of year.”

    He explained there was a “small chance” that temperatures could rise into the mid-twenties, meaning a “brief” heatwave.

  • Weather forecast: Temperatures to reach 20C in the coming days, but it is not a heatwave

    BBC Weather claims that Brits will not be suffering from a heatwave this week despite 20C temperatures forecasted starting tomorrow

    It tweeted:

    “Well, while it’s set to turn warmer than average in the coming days with temperatures up to high teens/low twenties, it won’t qualify as a heatwave.”

  • Edinburgh is expected to see temperatures drop this Saturday

    Even with the sun shining on Friday, heavy rain is expected in the capital of Scotland.

    Temperatures are expected to drop from 16C up to 12C due to the loss of sunlight on Saturday.

    On Sunday, the temperatures will rise to 16C with cloudy skies.

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