First heatwave of the year set to hit UK as Met Office predicts 'very warm spell'

The UK is set for another heatwave. Photo by Colin Lane, Reach
The UK is set for another heatwave. Photo by Colin Lane, Reach -Credit:Colin Lane, Reach

In the news of the UK's approaching summer, forecasters have given an expected start date for the first official heatwave of the year. As April inches towards May, Brits are excited about the rise in temperature that could potentially make the first Bank Holiday weekend a sizzling one.

The BBC is forecasting a noticeable "warming up" on Monday, 6 May notably the first Bank Holiday of May. Glancing forward into the month, the Met Office chimes in with its prediction for 8 May onwards: "Also worth noting that average temperatures themselves rise by around 1C per week at this time of year."

For the period between 6 May to 12 May, Netweather TV provides their insight: "It looks probable that high latitude blocking will persist during this period, with high pressure often especially centred around Greenland. There is not a strong signal for low pressure over Britain, so confidence is relatively low in the specific weather patterns that will affect Britain."

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They add, "But with a Greenland high there is a chance of one or two chilly northerly outbreaks, giving potential for damaging frosts, especially in the north, but warmer spells are also probable, most likely associated with high pressure ridging across from the west and north-west at times.

"Overall, it is likely to be drier and sunnier than average in north-western Britain, while the east and south of England are most likely to see wetter and/or cloudier than average weather, though it looks more likely that rainfall in most of southern and eastern England will be near normal," it adds, reports Birmingham Live.

And in its outlook from May 13 onwards, the Netweather team state: "Temperatures overall are likely to be near to slightly above average for much of the country, possibly 1 to 2C warmer than average in some western regions. Sunshine is likely to be above normal in most western areas."

The Beeb adds: "We will see which trend will continue into mid- to late May. Some of the factors mentioned in the previous reports, such as the influence of the late state of the stratospheric polar vortex and the upcoming final stratospheric warming and some other factors, are still contradictory."

In the Coventry area, temperatures are set to hit 15C by the middle of next week, the Met Office says. In addition, the long-range forecast on the Met Office website for the dates April 29 to May 8 states: "Temperatures likely to trend upwards, with the chance of a warm to very warm spell in some southern and eastern parts, before conditions probably turn drier, cooler and more settled from the west towards the end of the period."

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