UK heatwave forecast as 35C temperatures 'achievable'

Senior meteorologist Jim Dale says 35C temperature is achievable this summer -Credit:Lucy North/PA Wire

Britain could be set for its first 35C day of the year in an upcoming heatwave, weather experts have said. Senior meteorologist for British Weather Services, Jim Dale, said 40C is not impossible, but not very likely, yet 35C is more achievable this summer.

He told "I still expect to see significant high heat especially in July and August, possibly extreme if we get those African plumes. There is no reason not to expect it given record global temperatures in the air and oceans.

"But, it will take the highs and lows to be in the right position. Odds suggest it will happen, if only in spells. A stab in the dark, 35 C (but 40 would be exceptional, again)."

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The Met Office currently has two medium-to-long-range forecasts on its website. From May 23 to June 1, it states: "Most likely an unsettled start to the period with western showers and eastern rain, potentially heavy in the northeast, before a transient settled spell late in the week.

"Early in the bank holiday weekend a band of rain, heavy at times moves in from the west, becoming weaker as it moves east becoming more showery with scattered showers also following. Into the new week, increasingly settled conditions are more likely for most, though rain may threaten north-western areas early on whilst some southern or eastern areas are occasionally less settled with showers more likely later in the period though there will be some sunshine between times, the best of this in south-western parts.

"Temperatures are likely to be a little above average, but some large spatial differences are likely." Its outlook for June adds: "Relatively muted signals for conditions to be markedly different from climatology through the first half of June. That said, both temperatures and rainfall are more likely to be a little above average overall, with further rain or showers (possibly heavy/thundery at times) but also some spells of warm sunshine."

This is all down the line. For now, there is warm weather here in Coventry to enjoy.

The latest Met Office forecast for the Coventry area says we will see highs of 19C today. During the week, things will heat up again. Thursday will even see highs in Coventry of 25C, the Met Office says.

For Monday, the Met Office says: "Some low cloud is possible at first, especially in the east. This gradually lifting and clearing to leave another fine day with lots of strong sunshine. Feeling warm. Maximum temperature 22 °C."

For the outlook from Tuesday to Thursday, the Met Office says: "Somewhat cloudier through this period but still warm in the sunny spells. Showers are likely at times, these heaviest on Tuesday when thunder is possible. Perhaps staying dry in places."

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