Met Office issues verdict on UK heatwave as temperatures to rise

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After a cold and rainy few weeks, it appears summer will arrive in the UK after all.

The Met Office has said temperatures will reach a maximum of 29C in parts of the country next week with 'widely settled and humid conditions.' From Monday 24 until Thursday 27 June, Scotland, Northern Ireland, parts of the North West, Wales and the South West of England will see a 'warm or very warm' few days with the mercury hitting highs of 22C to 24C.

Southern parts of the North West and North East, as well as the East and West Midlands, and the South East will experience 'typical summer heat.' This means it will be 'very warm for two to three days' with daytime maximum temperatures of between 25C to 27C.

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London and parts of the South West will see the hottest temperatures. They'll stretch to 28C to 29C by Wednesday, the Met Office warns.

Met Office chief forecaster Neil Armstrong said: “After a brief, less settled, interlude on Friday and Saturday, fine conditions will return by Sunday and into next week. For much of the UK this will be accompanied by a boost in temperatures with many places reaching the mid-20°Cs by the middle of next week.

"Some central and southern areas are likely to see temperatures approaching the values needed for heatwave conditions. Heatwave conditions need to remain in situ for three consecutive days, and by the middle of next week it is possible that some parts of the UK could be reaching heatwave thresholds."

He concluded: “However, whether or not everyone experiences heatwave thresholds, the majority of the UK will experience the finest conditions and highest temperatures so far this year.”

The Met Office added that western areas will be affected by an approaching weak weather front over the coming days, on Friday and Saturday. This will bring some wetter conditions to northwestern Scotland.

Although there is a chance that some isolated weather stations could record 30C around the middle of next week, overnight temperatures will be lower, providing some respite for those who struggle with hot conditions.