London weather: Capital to sizzle next week with mercury ‘above average’ for mid-May

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London is set to bask in warm weather from next week, with temperatures set to hit the mid-20s, according to forecasters.

Friday could see highs of 22C with a dry and warm day full of sunny spells, as the capital welcomes in a new cohort of elected leaders in its 32 boroughs.

Looking ahead to next week, “there is a warming trend with temperatures in the south-east likely to be well above average next week,” Met Office meteorologist Richard Miles told the Standard.

The average highs for May in London are 17C, so it will feel warmer than usual for this time of year.

According to BBC Weather, from May 8, London will sit comfortably around 23-24C and peak at 25C on May 16, with lots of sunshine and a few patches of cloud expected.

This would exceed the UK’s hottest day of the year so far, which was recorded on Good Friday, when temperatures hit 23.4C (74F) in St James’s Park in central London.

However, the Met Office warns the balmy weather may not constitute a ‘heatwave’, mini or otherwise, which they define as reaching a specific temperature threshold on three consecutive days.

London and the south-east of England has a threshold of 28C, which means it would need to be that temperature for three days in a row to be called a heatwave.

“Most locations look shy to reach the required thresholds for three consecutive days in order for it to be considered an official heatwave by the Met Office’s standards,” they added.

It follows April, during which average maximum temperatures were generally above normal.

The UK also saw a third less rain than usually expected, according to the Met Office, with the south of England recording jsut 36 per cent of its average rainfall.

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