Beach ready Britain! UK is poised for an 86F mini heatwave over the weekend as millions head to the coast
The UK is poised for a mini heatwave of 86F (30C) over the weekend as millions flock to the coast and beauty spots with 71F (22C) maximums lasting all week.
According to Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon, this weekend will be the hottest weekend so far this year and the warmest since the end of last summer.
Forecasters predicted that the mercury could exceed a scorching 86F (30C) this weekend, with Sunday lining up as the hottest day for England, Scotland and Wales, and highs of 77F (25C) on Saturday.
A period of high pressure means most areas will meet the Weather Service’s definition of a heat wave – defined as three days above a certain temperature threshold.
The sun will remain for the rest of the month, with only northwestern parts due to a little wind and rain towards the end of next week.
And the blistering weekend is forecast despite today’s dismal conditions, with cloudy weather in southwestern England and south Wales blocking the partial eclipse in some parts of Britain.
Weather conditions in Cornwall also hampered a trip by US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to St Michael’s Mount, a castle on a tidal island off the coast of the county, with a No. 10 source confirming the visit was “unfortunately unsuccessful due to weather’ ‘.
A view of the bay in St Ives, Cornwall, today for the G7 summit. Weather conditions hindered a trip by US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to St Michael’s Mount, a castle on a tidal island off the coast of the county
The blistering weekend (right) is forecast despite gloomy conditions today (left), with cloudy weather in southwest England and South Wales, blocking the partial eclipse in some parts of Britain
Earlier this week, Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said computer models suggested “temperatures could exceed 30C (86F) this weekend,” while the BBC’s Helen Willetts said the UK “could hit 30C (86F) by the end of this weekend.” approaching’. .
Meanwhile, Mr Dixon of the Met Office for tomorrow’s forecast said: “Friday will be mostly nice and dry for much of the country.
‘There is a cloud band and light rain in the far north west of Scotland, with some showers also in parts of the west.
‘There are also clouds in the south (England) but temperatures remain above average for this time of year and especially in the central and south-eastern areas there will be long, warm sunny spells.
“You’re looking at temperatures of mid-20s across the country, but in London it could be 27 degrees on Friday.”
He added: ‘For most there will be long sunny spells, but there is a chance that some daytime rain could reach the far northwest.
Visitors today take a walk on St Ives beach in Cornwall ahead of the three-day G7 summit to be held from 11-13 June
Police officers patrol the water as visitors do their daily exercise on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall, today, where G7 leaders are meeting this weekend for the first time in nearly two years
A naval police unit patrols a harbor in St Ives. Temperatures are forecast to rise around 77F (25C) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday set to be the hottest day of the weekend for England, Scotland and Wales
Police patrol the harbor in St Ives, Cornwall this morning ahead of the G7 summit. Views of Thursday’s partial eclipse will be ‘somewhat volatile’ in certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said
A naval police unit patrols a harbor in St Ives as security preparations underway for the G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall
“Temperatures will remain above average for this time of year, with peaks in England generally mid-20Cs and 80.6F (27C) in London.”
Grass and weed pollen levels are also currently on the rise, the Met Office tweeted, with the highest levels expected in southern England in the coming days.
Ladbrokes lowered the odds to 1/4 that temperatures will reach 30°C or higher in the UK this week, and also cut the odds to 1/3 in this month’s hottest June on record.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s only going to get hotter in the coming weeks if the final odds are right.”
Coral bookmakers also lowered the odds to 1-6 (from 4-5) at 30C or higher registered in the UK before the weekend ends.
The Met Office’s weather forecast for Great Britain this weekend, pictured above. The mercury soared above 70F (21C) for the 13th day in a row yesterday, continuing a remarkable reversal
The offshore naval vessel HMS Tamar is patrolling the coast of St Ives, Cornwall today. The Met Office tweeted this morning: ‘Thursday morning will be much cloudier for most, although it will be mild’
People are crossing the causeway leaving a fog behind this morning on St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall as cloudy conditions are forecast for the rest of today
A man walks on a beach in front of a mist-covered St Michael’s Mount in Penzance as Cornwall prepares for the G7 summit
“Our bet suggests temperatures will rise into the early 1930s before the weekend is over,” Coral’s John Hill said.
And Betway is making 5/2 of it making June the hottest month of the year, with Chad Yeomans saying: ‘Summer has finally arrived with a heat wave headed for the British this weekend.
The country is in for a treat with temperatures up to 30 degrees priced up at 2/1. While the weather seems to be here to stay, with June being the hottest month of the year, priced at 5/2.”
But despite bookmakers offering odds that this will be the hottest June on record, it’s too early in the month to say if we’ll see record-breaking average temperatures.
Oli Claydon of the Met Office explained that the average daily maximum temperature for June is 63.1F (17.3C), but the first eight days of June 2021 have been a few degrees higher than that of 19.7C.
The record average maximum temperature in June was set at 68.9F (20.5C) in 1940.
“Right now, we’re not even in the top five warmest June ever recorded,” Claydon said.