Met Office verdict on half-term scorcher as 25C plume set to swamp Britain

Sunday morning weather: Pleasant bank holiday weekend

Britons hoping to enjoy Bank Holiday Monday outdoors will be able to bask in the glorious sunshine and mild weather as forecasters have predicted temperatures are set to skyrocket today. The rest of the week will be hot for some areas, with some experiencing 25C, which is at the cusp of the heatwave category for some parts of the country.

The Met Office officially verified that Bank Holiday Sunday became the hottest day of the year, with temperatures peaking at 24.4C in Plymouth, Devon.

Yesterday’s temperatures narrowly surpassed Saturday’s previous record of 24.3C in Bramham, West Yorkshire.

While the southern regions of the country experienced temperatures in the 20s, as reported by the Met Office, the northern areas reached high teens in most areas. 

Even northern Scotland observed temperatures of up to 15C.

This follows the earlier predictions from forecasters of a “fine, dry” weekend, due to a “jet stream” and a high-pressure system that is bringing in stable weather conditions.

Met Office chief forecaster Paul Gunderson said: “The jet stream sitting to the north of the UK is holding unsettled weather systems at bay and allowing high pressure to dominate bringing fine weather to the vast majority of the UK.

“The current position of the high-pressure means we will see a westerly airflow over the UK, a cooler direction than if air was being brought up from the South, and areas such as Spain or Africa.

“Therefore, we are not likely to reach heatwave conditions, but temperatures will still be warm reaching the low 20Cs for many, particularly in the South West and southern Wales.”

Today we can expect a dry and mostly sunny day with some high-level clouds. 

The western regions will experience relatively warm temperatures, reaching highs of 17 to 20C.

However, near the North Sea coasts, it will be cooler with anticipated highs of 13 to 15C, and there is a possibility of low clouds moving in from the North Sea.

As the week progresses, high pressure will become centred over north-western parts of Britain. 

There may be instances of low cloud cover moving into eastern areas from the North Sea, particularly near the coasts. 

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However, overall, the focus will remain on dry and sunny conditions.

Temperatures are forecasted to gradually increase throughout the week, reaching highs of 22 to 24C in the southern and western regions by the middle to late part of the week.

Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster, Steven Keates, said: “Next week is half term week for much of the country and there is as strong signal the high-pressure will continue to dominate our weather. 

“It’s exact position over the UK will dictate the temperature, wind direction and weather patterns, however, indications are that the dry, bright weather is likely to continue for most with little in the way of rain throughout next week.” 

Meanwhile, with half-term beginning this week, the RAC had a warning for drivers looking to travel over the holiday period.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis added: “We fully expect families to make the most of the largely fine weather over the coming days which is why we’re forecasting the busiest late May bank holiday since before the pandemic. 

“Into next week and half-term for many parts of the UK, day trips will also be a big feature with popular routes to the coasts and countryside becoming busy.

“Getting away early in the morning or delaying trips until the evening are the best way to avoid the inevitable delays.”

“No-one wants a breakdown to get in the way of them and time with family and friends, yet so many of the jobs our patrols will go out to are completely avoidable if drivers complete a few checks before they get out onto the open road. 

“Ensuring oil and coolant levels are where they should be is a must, as is checking tyres are free of damage and are properly inflated.”

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