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Warm weather continues: Britain ready for 10-day heatwave that will last until June

The sun shines on Brighton beach (Picture: PA)
The sun shines on Brighton beach (Picture: PA)

Britain is getting ready to bask in a 10-day heatwave that will last all the way into June, forecasters have said.

Temperatures are set to hit as high as 25C this week and the warm weather is set to continue until the end of May and even beyond.

While this weekend’s second May bank holiday may not be as hot as the first, there will still be plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

The Early May Day bank holiday broke records when temperatures reached just below 29C.

A man walks along a path lined with cherry blossoms in Harrogate, Yorkshire (Picture: PA)
A man walks along a path lined with cherry blossoms in Harrogate, Yorkshire (Picture: PA)

It will be largely dry, warm and sunny with temperatures hovering in the low to mid 20s, several degrees warmer than the May average, the Met Office said.

It will be a wet start to the week for Northern Ireland and western Scotland however, but the showers and clouds should largely clear by Wednesday.

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The balmy conditions have swept in on a high pressure system, dragging in hot air from the continent, meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said.

Scattered showers across England and Wales should largely die away by Monday night, though there is a risk of some isolated thunderstorms across central and southern England throughout the week.

As the days progress it will grow cooler along the North Sea coasts owing to a northeasterly wind.

Mr Dewhurst said: “On Sunday we had a high of 24C (75F) and that was in Sheffield and the day before we had 23C (73F) – usually in May we expect highs of around 17C (63C).

More idyllic sunshine scenes like this are expected this week (Picture: PA)
More idyllic sunshine scenes like this are expected this week (Picture: PA)

“Temperatures in the low to mid 20s should continue for this week, with quite widespread warmth across the country.

“But an easterly wind will make it feel a bit cooler across the North Sea coast as we move on.

“UV (ultra violet) levels are generally high across the UK as well, so people should make sure they’re protected from the sun.”

Temperatures are expected to largely vary between 20C and 23C in parts of the UK this week but there is a chance they will reach 25C, forecasters said.