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Britain is set to sizzle on the hottest day of the year so far in 24C heat before the thunderstorms arrive tonight.

Britain is set to sizzle with temperatures reaching 75°F (24°C) on the hottest day of the year so far before thunderstorms and heavy rain hit tonight.

Widespread sunshine will be present from the north of Scotland to the south of England on Saturday, which would be ideal for a barbecue, with just a few patchy clouds in the north and west.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said it could be “16-19C (61-66F) broadly, with 24C (75F) at the highest possible in the southeast.”

The hottest day in the UK so far this year was April 15, recorded in St James’s Park, London, where the mercury reached 23.4°C (74.12°F).

However, the weather service warned that the warm air is likely to bring some heavy rain.

Widespread sunlight will be present from the north of Scotland to the south of England on Saturday, with only a few patchy clouds in the north and west.  Pictured: Four people take a dip at Branksome Beach in Dorset this morning

Widespread sunlight will be present from the north of Scotland to the south of England on Saturday, with only a few patchy clouds in the north and west. Pictured: Four people take a dip at Branksome Beach in Dorset this morning

The hottest day in the UK so far this year was April 15, recorded in St James's Park, London, where the mercury reached 23.4°C (74.12°F).  Pictured: A swimmer enjoying the early sun at Branksome Beach in Dorset

The hottest day in the UK so far this year was April 15, recorded in St James’s Park, London, where the mercury reached 23.4°C (74.12°F). Pictured: A swimmer enjoying the early sun at Branksome Beach in Dorset

The Met Office forecast that parts of the southeast will see highs for the week of 25C-27C (77-81F).  Spokesman Richard Miles said that

The Met Office forecast that parts of the southeast will see highs for the week of 25C-27C (77-81F). Spokesman Richard Miles said “at the moment, Tuesday appears to be the hottest day of the week” (map showing today’s temperatures)

McGivern said: “By Saturday night those showers would appear in the south west and spread quite a bit across the south of England and south Wales.”

“In some places it would be just a period of rain, but for central and southern England and the south coast there is a risk of frequent heavy downpours, thunderstorms and lightning.”

Sunday looks like another warm day, with North African air will bring above-average May temperatures to most places in the UK over the next week, but will be interrupted by potentially heavy or stormy showers.

The Met Office forecast that parts of the southeast will see highs for the week of 25C-27C (77-81F). Spokesman Richard Miles said “at the moment Tuesday appears to be the warmest day of the week.”

Throughout the week, some people will enjoy warm and sunny spells, but heavy rain is expected across the country, particularly in the north and west.

These can be stormy at times in parts of the south, central England and south west Scotland.

Sunday looks like another warm day, with the North African air bringing above-average May temperatures to most places in the UK for the next week, but it will be interrupted by potentially heavy or stormy showers.  Pictured: Two runners on Branksome Beach in Dorset today

Sunday looks like another warm day, with the North African air bringing above-average May temperatures to most places in the UK for the next week, but it will be interrupted by potentially heavy or stormy showers. Pictured: Two runners on Branksome Beach in Dorset today

However, the Met Office warned that a sun-drenched Saturday, which would be ideal for a barbecue, could be followed by heavy rain and thunderstorms.  Pictured: Sunrise at Scarborough in Yorkshire today

However, the Met Office warned that a sun-drenched Saturday, which would be ideal for a barbecue, could be followed by heavy rain and thunderstorms. Pictured: Sunrise at Scarborough in Yorkshire today

There is also a warning of high pollen levels in the UK from the Met Office which could cause allergy sufferers to sneeze a lot more in the coming week.  Pictured: Sunrise at Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, early this morning

There is also a warning of high pollen levels in the UK from the Met Office which could cause allergy sufferers to sneeze a lot more in the coming week. Pictured: Sunrise at Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, early this morning

Sean Henry's sculpture of the couple at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is seen on the Northumberland coast during sunrise today.  Temperatures are heating up for the weekend as most of Britain can expect to be drenched in sunshine.

Sean Henry’s sculpture of the couple at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is seen on the Northumberland coast during sunrise today. Temperatures are heating up for the weekend as most of Britain can expect to be drenched in sunshine.

Asthma sufferers received a warning about pollen

Rising pollen levels this weekend could leave people with asthma at risk of life-threatening asthma attacks, a charity has warned.

Asthma and Lung UK said more than three million people in the UK have lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are at risk of attacks or flare-ups.

The Met Office predicts high pollen levels in most of England and Wales, with medium levels in other parts of the UK.

Pollen can trigger symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath in more than half of people living with asthma (59%) and more than a quarter of those living with COPD, according to research from the charity.

Allergies can cause the airways to constrict and sticky mucus to build up, making it hard to breathe.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “The plume of warm air we expected from the south will bring higher temperatures across the country over the next week.”

“However, it appears that the effects of the Atlantic lows will prevent a sustained high pressure from building up from the east.

“This means that while we may see some warm days, and in very warm places, in general, the coming week will feel more like what we would expect from a warm spell in May, with some heavy rain, rather than warmer weather. hot summer.’

There is also a warning of high pollen levels in the UK from the Met Office which could cause allergy sufferers to sneeze a lot more in the coming week.

The forecaster explained: ‘Hay fever is the most common name for pollen allergy and is most commonly caused by grass pollen, although other pollens can also trigger symptoms. The symptoms are caused when the immune system reacts to pollen in the body to produce histamine and other chemicals.

“Around two in ten people have this allergy and it is believed that more than 10 million people in Britain suffer from hay fever.”

Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, previously said: “If you have asthma, you should check the pollen and air pollution forecasts in your local area, make sure you take your reliever inhaler and know what to do if your symptoms get worse.

“If you also have hay fever, it’s important to use a steroid nasal spray every day along with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets as needed.”

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