Stoke-on-Trent forecast as 'Saharan plume' to bring 30C heat

A hot day in Burslem Park -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel
A hot day in Burslem Park -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel

Families could soon be sizzling in a 30C heat blast as a 'Saharan plume' is reportedly taking aim at the UK. It comes as some meteorologists reckon the end of the May could represent the transition into a heatwave.

The latest weather maps from WX Charts suggest Stoke-on-Trent will see temperatures mainly sat in the mid-teens before getting into the 20Cs around May 28. And James Madden, of Exacta Weather, reckons its the end of May when the UK could begin to head into sizzling conditions.

He told BirminghamLive: "Once again, the outlook is nowhere near as dire or severe as third-party forecasts were repeatedly indicating for this week over the past several days, and despite some rain in the forecast and the developing risk of thundery showers at times, it will now be much more settled in between any unsettled weather and actually feel quite warm and summery in any developing sunshine.

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"Our forecasts also concisely covered this kind of scenario for the upcoming week, despite much different forecast projections from elsewhere. Additionally, our longer-term projections are also showing some pretty decent and warm weather persisting as the more dominant feature from in and around next weekend and into the final third of May for many parts of the country, and there is a higher than normal risk that this will transition into periods of warm to very hot weather within this developing period that could easily see temperatures reaching or surpassing the 30C mark for the first time this year."

Such conditions would represent another change in the weather. This month has brought some balmy conditions - which came to a thundery end on Sunday evening. As reported by StokeonTrentLive today the BBC reckons tomorrow afternoon (May 15) will bring even more thundery conditions.

While there have been some predictions of the heat blast heading our way, the Met Office isn't quite buying into it just yet. Responding to claims we could then experience a UK heatwave, a Met Office spokesperson told the ECHO that it is simply too far ahead to comment on any possible heatwave later in the month, but added that its forecasts do not suggest anything about a Saharan plume.

Latest Stoke-on-Trent forecast

After tomorrow's rather grim conditions, the Met Office reckons we'll see a largely dry Thursday with a high of 18C and some light rain into the evening. It's a similar story across Friday and Saturday with highs of 18C and a chance of some light rain.

Sunday should be largely dry with Monday (May 20) bright and rain-free. The BBC takes over with its longer range forecast and says Tuesday will be a day of light rain showers and a high of 17C.

The following day will be similar with temperatures dropping to 16C with Thursday (May 23) set to be dry. It's looking wet on the Friday with light rain on Saturday morning heading off by around 11am.

Sunday (May 26) is dry and sunny with a high of 19C.

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