Met Office verdict amid reports UK to be 'hotter than Turkey'

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Met Office weather experts have given their verdict amid reports the UK could soon be hotter than Turkey.

Some news outlets have suggested the nation is set for a heatwave, as weather maps from WXCharts forecast temperatures of 25C in the UK next week, while Istanbul is set to be around 22C at the same time. There has also been talk of it being the "hottest May on record".

The Met Office forecast, however, paints a different picture.

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Liverpool is set to be battered by rain in the coming days, with a yellow weather warning in place from 12.15am on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday, May 22 and 23. We can expect highs of 18C and 13C on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The Met Office outlook for Thursday to Saturday adds: "Remaining unsettled over the coming days with variable amounts of cloud and showers. These perhaps merging to give more general rain on Thursday. Becoming dry and bright by Saturday."

Looking beyond this, a Met Office spokesperson told the ECHO: "Beyond five days, we are not able to provide figures for temperature expectations. This is because when looking at forecasts beyond five days into the future, the chaotic nature of the atmosphere starts to come into play - small events currently over the Atlantic can have potentially significant impacts on our weather in the UK in several days' time.

"Therefore while we can still forecast the general feel of the weather to a relatively high level of accuracy using our ensemble models, it becomes harder to offer local detail to as high a level of accuracy as our shorter range forecasts.

For the period between Saturday, May 25, and Monday, June 3, a long-range Met Office forecast predicts things are "likely to become more showery in nature with scattered showers" before these later clear and create "more settled conditions more likely for most, though rain may threaten north-western areas".

It adds: "Temperatures are likely to be a little above average, but some large spatial differences are likely."

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