Essex could bask in heatwave as Met Office explains when UK can see 'wave of warm weather'

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Essex could bask in a heatwave in the coming months as the Met Office is outlined a potential timeline for a 'warm spell' across the UK. Despite last weekend's temperatures exceeding 20C across parts of the country, sparking optimism for continued sunshine, forecasters have indicated that this weekend will be milder, though still pleasant, with no immediate signs of a heatwave - but a heatwave could happen next month instead.

Temperatures are expected to reach around 13C in Chelmsford by Monday, but the Met Office advises not to anticipate any significant heat wave until late May or early June. The Met Office says that in May, temperatures are "likely to trend toward the warm side of average", indicating a potential heatwave.

Oli Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, told The Mirror: "It could be May into June that we meet the heat wave threshold as there's nothing to indicate it sooner. There is some pleasant weather forecast this weekend for many, which will be a boost after unsettled weather recently."

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In contrast, northern regions may experience temperatures below zero in the coming days, a stark difference from the average daytime temperature of 13.5C for this period. Mr Claydon added: "We have still got a showery picture this week. Then high pressure will return for the weekend, so it will feel very different on the weekend to what many are experiencing now.", reports Nottinghamshire Live.

He also mentioned that the most favourable conditions over the weekend are expected in the south - where Essex is located - and west, where the brighter and sunnier weather is likely to persist the longest, with potential highs of 16C or 17C. Even rural parts of Scotland could experience temperatures reaching 15C on Sunday - a notable rise above the average for this time of year, which is just 10.3C.

Meanwhile, looking ahead at long-range forecasts from Accuweather indicate that temperatures could reach 20C in May - higher than usual temperatures for the month. Meanwhile, in June, temperatures could reach around 22C.

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