UK weather: Exact date 'Saharan Plume' to hit as Brits set to bake in 24C heatwave

Weather maps turn red as Saharan plume heads for Britain
Weather maps turn red as Saharan plume heads for Britain -Credit:No credit

With temperatures set to climb in the coming days, UK motorists could see their cars at risk of damage as weather maps indicate a sizzling 'Saharan Plume' is approaching the country. The recent spate of wet and windy weather, that has seen mixed temperatures and frequent rain showers in recent days, is set to give way to a patch of warm weather and sunshine next week.

Weather experts suggest temperatures will begin rising again from Sunday, 19 May, lasting till Tuesday, 21 May, bringing balmy weather just in time for the half term. The predicted temperate conditions offer hope for those longing for a taste of summer after the hit-and-miss weather experienced so far this week.

Forecasts indicate the best weather will likely be concentrated in regions such as the Midlands, the North East of England, and Yorkshire, where temperatures could reach up to 23C. Nonetheless, the South of the country won't miss out on the heatwave with London, the south-east and the south coast potentially experiencing temperatures rocketing up to a blistering 24C on May 26. The rest of the areas enjoy agreeable temps comfortably over 20C.

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Netweather says we can expect highs ranging from 22C to 24C across most of England. For Wales, cooler temperatures are expected but still above 20C in several places with a similar picture reflected in Northern Ireland, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The Met Office however, has described the weather forecast for the week commencing May 19 until May 28 as "changeable", with temperatures expected to be "generally around or just above average."

According to the current weather forecast: "Temperatures will be generally around or just a little above average. With winds tending to be light, it will feel warm in sunnier areas. As we head further into the following week, confidence lowers into the following week. On balance, a continuation of the showers in the south seems most likely, with the north continuing to see the best of any drier weather. Temperatures will probably remain a little above average."

This latest hint of warmer weather comes amid growing speculation of another Saharan plume set to impact the country in the coming days. While many may welcome the return of warmer temperatures, Saharan weather also brings certain risks - for both people and vehicles.

Saharan dust can easily scratch and damage car paint and windows if not properly removed
Saharan dust can easily scratch and damage car paint and windows if not properly removed

One of the major hazards of a Saharan plume is the dust it carries, which recently wreaked havoc when it hit mainland Europe last month. This natural phenomenon thrilled spectators as it brought hazy skies and vibrant sunsets to many regions, but it also caused air pollution levels to rise to the point where they breached some of the European Union's safety thresholds in several regions - including popular holiday destination Spain.

Residents in the southern and eastern parts of the country were left inhaling dirty air that was four times above the healthy limit for contamination with PM10 particles, a situation that could be particularly problematic for those suffering from lung conditions such as asthma.

The Saharan dust also poses a risk to vehicles, as the thin layer of dust that often coats cars after weather from the desert can scratch paintwork and windows if not properly removed. To safely remove the dust with minimal damage, drivers are advised not to rub or wipe away the dust, but instead to thoroughly rinse the car first ideally with a pre-wash before soaking in a snow foam soak and thoroughly rinsing.