UK set for first major heatwave of the year with temperatures soaring to 28C

UK weather maps are ablaze with a fiery red hue, as forecasters predict a surge in temperatures that could herald the year's first significant heatwave. The mercury is set to soar into the mid-to-high 20s across the country.

WX Charts' projections, based on Met Desk data, depict the nation bathed in a crimson glow. London could see temperatures of up to 28C, while Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, the rest of the Midlands and the north could reach 25C, reports Birmingham Live.

The Met Office's weekend forecast reads: "Bright or sunny spells and a few showers on Saturday. High pressure building to bring a lot of dry weather during Sunday and Monday. Becoming more widely very warm."

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Looking ahead to Friday, June 21, the forecast states: "Outbreaks of showery rain will develop across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the west of England. Elsewhere it will stay largely dry with spells of sunshine. Very warm in places."

The BBC Weather forecast for the upcoming weekend starting Saturday (June 22) suggests a brighter outlook for Britain, noting: "Saturday looks to see a few scattered showers lingering until early afternoon but it will become a drier and brighter day across the UK later. A settled and warmer day on Sunday, but thick cloud and some drizzle in the north-west."

Additionally, the forecast warns that Monday might be overcast, stating: "Monday will see thick cloud building in across most of the country with some brighter breaks developing later in the day."

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