The chances of England basking in a new heatwave before summer is out is unlikely – but this weekend is shaping up to be a scorcher.
BBC weather is forecasting a short, sharp blast of hot weather this weekend, seeing highs of around 26C in London on Saturday (August 21).
Temperatures won’t be too far behind in Bristol, with the mercury expected to hit 24C on what could be a cloudy day for the city.
It will be relatively cooler in Taunton on Saturday, too, with temperatures of around 21C expected by mid-afternoon. There will be sunny spells, with the threat of showers.
It’s unlikely England and the rest of the UK will see prolonged temperatures similar to what was experienced in July when the mercury soared to around 32C, prompting the Met Office to issue it’s first ever extreme heatwave on home soil.
But some more warm days are forecast with temperatures expected to hover around the low 20s for much of next week.
The Express reports Carol Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast: “That is the story for the next few days – limited amounts of sunshine.
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“So a lot of cloud this morning, breeze coming from the northwest dragging in this moisture from the North Sea.
“And it is producing some light rain and some drizzle.
“The rain across the north of England pushing to the southeast and clearing.
“So here later we could see some afternoon brightness as we could across parts of the west country and also southeast Wales.
“Move north and through northern England some breaks in the northeast, apart from that it is going to be cloudy,” continued the meteorologist.
“Cloudy and damp across Northern Ireland at times and the same across Scotland.
“Though eastern Scotland and Shetland could see a little bit of brightness through the course of the day.
Met Office UK five-day forecast
Today: Low cloud across many parts with some light rain and drizzle, especially over northwestern coasts and hills. Cloud breaking to allow some sunny spells to lee of hills in northeast, where locally warm, and far south and southwest. Breezy again.
Tonight: Patchy light rain, drizzle and low cloud for most places, this locally heavy across far north, with emphasis shifting more to the south and west later. Clearer across northeast Britain.
Wednesday: Generally rather cloudy, though brighter with some sunny spells developing to the lee of high ground. Patchy light rain or drizzle in places, especially over coasts and hills in west.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: Variable cloud and sunny spells for the most part, although some showers in the south on Thursday. Heavy rain arriving in far west later Friday, gradually moving east. Becoming warm.