Warmer weather has swept the UK this week, with temperatures climbing and a humid feel to the south of England. Later this week the UK could see 34C highs, with hot weather on the way this weekend according to forecasters.
Today, the Met Office forecasts many areas will dry with warm sunny spells, but a few showers will continue in Scotland and the far north of England.
These will be the heaviest and most frequent over northern Scotland.
Tonight, cloud and rain will be heavy over Northern Ireland and western Scotland spreading into the rest of Scotland and far northern England.
However, conditions will spike on Wednesday according to meteorologists, with up to 34C possible.
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Met Office meteorologist Dan Suri said: “From Wednesday temperatures will widely reach into the high twenties Celsius and it’ll be hot across much of the UK, especially central and southern England where we could see highs of 30C (86F) to 34C (93.2F).
“This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week.”
However, Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will be mostly cloudy with rain at times.
Conditions will cool down again on Thursday with showers or rain, which will be heavy in places.
However, Friday will feel warmer and mainly settled ahead of rain arriving from the west.
On Saturday, up to 27C could be felt across the south of England, making it the perfect time to dust off the barbecue.
Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said of this week’s forecast: “The Azores high will ridge in from the southwest.
“So there’ll be plenty of fine, dry and warm weather.
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“It’ll struggle to exert its influence to northern Britain at times though, with weather fronts bringing some rain in from the northwest on Tuesday and into midweek.
“Temperatures on Saturday will peak at 24 to 27C across southern and southeast England, including East Anglia.”
The end of July could also bring scorching highs for much of the UK, with weather maps turning dark red with heat towards July 28, 29 and 30.
WXCharts maps show highs of 27C across the south of England, while much of the north will see temperatures reach 24C.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have now cut odds from 13/8 to just 6/4 on this month being a record-breaker on the weather front.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “We’re still on course for a record-breaking hot July with another heatwave ready to sizzle Brits over the coming days.”
The Met Office long-range forecast backs this up, as for the end of July it reads: “More settled weather is possible towards the end of July, especially across the south.”
However, Britons should make the most of the heat, as unseasonably wet and windy conditions are likely to return from the northwest.
With the start of the summer holidays soon, August will bring torrential rain across the UK this year – much to the disappointment for thousands of Britons looking to holiday at home.
Weathertrending forecaster John Hammond said: “Forecasts of a dry and warm summer are dissolving.
“The cool and showery theme is expected to continue well into August, with no sign of sustained heat. It’s not great for staycations.
“It’ll be downright cool into the week and not be far off freezing at dawn in some rural hollows.
“And the weather looks like deteriorating after midweek with almost autumnal charts as a strengthening jet stream propels wet and windy weather in our direction.”
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