Tuesday, June 2, has been branded as the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures soar to 29C in some parts of the country. Sun revellers across the country are urged to make the most of the scorching temperatures as the mercury could see a 10C drop as Brits await the arrival of thunderstorms.
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said thick cloud and persistent rain in northern Scotland today will serve as a precursor of temperatures in the rest of Britain.
Mr McGivern said as weather fronts make in-roads and high pressure moves out west and east, “a much cooler northern air flow” will arrive on Wednesday, June 3.
Thundery downpours will begin in south east Scotland before moving into England and Ireland overnight.
“More persistent wet weather” is due across the rest of Scotland and will spread south leading to washouts in parts of England and Wales.
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Mr McGivern told The Mirror: “Showery rain by the start of Wednesday effects the Midlands, Wales, as well as the south west.”
These regions are likely to see the heaviest rain.
He added: “Thundery downpours, slow moving showers could cause one or two issues, in particular given the dry state of the ground at the moment.
Britain got lucky with its weather records this year, according to new figures from the Met office.
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This past May has been the fourth driest since rainfall records began in 1862.
Both England and Wales saw 17 percent of their average monthly rainfall this year.
In addition, May was the driest May since 1896, and the one with the most sunshine since 1929.
Scientists said the rare conditions were “unprecedented and astounding”. The warm weather comes after the wettest February ever seen in the UK.
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Forecasters warn, however, that people need to make the most of the sunshine as it will be on its way out as quickly as it arrived.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “It’s borderline, but we may see the high temperature record go. Later in the week, there will be a marked drop.
“Temperatures will be returning more towards average for this time of year, perhaps even a little below.”
It comes as the coronavirus lockdown measures began being eased on Monday, June 1.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “limited and cautious” changes will be made in England as the Government’s five tests for easing lockdown are being met.
In England, gatherings of six people are now allowed, including in people’s gardens as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
Some pupils have been allowed to return to school in a phased attempt, and non-essential businesses will reopen their doors to customers on June 15.
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