UK heatwave as hottest day of 2023 predicted by forecasters

UK Weather: MET Office predicts temperatures of up to 26 degrees

The UK could experience its hottest day so far with temperatures set to reach 26C in some parts of the country. So far, the highest temperature recorded this year was 25.1C in Porthmadog last Tuesday. Forecasters said this record could be broken on Sunday as dry weather is expected to continue into next week.

23.9C was recorded in Porthmadog on Saturday, with temperatures expected to be slightly higher on Sunday.

Rachel Ayers, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said people could expect 24C or 25C in warmer parts of the country.

Some areas could even experience highs of 26C, according to the meteorologist.

In these sheltered areas, a refreshing breeze across the south, especially the English Channel coasts is expected to bring down temperatures, according to the Independent.

But eastern coasts are expected to be slightly cooler, with temperatures of around 15C or 16C.

Sunday temperatures in these areas could be around 15C or 16C, Ms Ayers said.

Inland areas are expected to be warmer and likely to see highs of 18C to 20C, according to the Met Office meteorologist.

Temperatures may soar both in the north and south.

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Meterologist Stephen Dixon said: “There will be plenty of dry, fine and sunny weather through the weekend in the UK with high pressure still in charge, seeing some warmer temperatures, possibly seeing low-20s especially in the west.

“Areas further east have been seeing more prolonged cloud, generally in the mid or low teens and that’s going to continue for the eastern areas.”

The UK is expected to be warmer than Istanbul in Turkey today, with temperatures there reaching 23C. 

Places in Scotland can expect highs of 23C today.

British Weather Services Meteorologist Jim Dale said the second half of next week could bring higher temperatures as result of northerly winds from the Mediterranean replaced the North Sea breeze.

He told the Mirror: “By Thursday, we could even have the hottest day of the year so far, and the weekend is likely to be dry and warm, with some showers breaking out in parts of the country.”

And he warned the UK is in “meteorological drough” after no measurable rainfall across the country for 14 consecutive days.

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