Met Office confirms ‘hottest day of the year’ will arrive in hours

UK weather: Sunshine and mild temperatures forecast by Met Office

The Met Office has confirmed that record-breaking temperatures are set to hit the UK, with parts of the country basking in 25C heat on the “hottest day of the year”. This comes as an “African plume” sweeps across the continent, bringing in “intense heat” for the weeks to come.

North Wales witnessed the highest temperature of the year on Sunday, as the mercury soared to a scorching 23C in Porthmadog. 

Additionally, throughout England and Wales, temperatures surpassed 20C for a significant portion of the day.

However, as temperatures are expected to rise again this week, the UK is set to see another hottest day of the year on Thursday.

Parts of East Wales, the West Midlands, and the South West are set to experience the best of the mini-heatwave.

The scorching temperatures will not only beat the current record in the UK for the hottest day of the year, but also be hotter than parts of Spain.

Malaga, the capital of Spain’s Costa del Sol, is set to be around 23C tomorrow.

In the northern regions, temperatures are predicted to range in the late teens, whereas southern areas can expect yet another day with temperatures surpassing 20C.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “It sets us up for a nice start – lots of sunshine around, even in eastern Scotland, and conditions improve as the day goes on.”

Meanwhile, Met Office Chief Forecaster Neil Armstong added that the southern air is set to bring “intense heat” to the UK.

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He said: “If you have heard media hyperbole that a heatwave driven by an African plume will bring intense heat to the UK in the next few days you are going to be disappointed – this isn’t true. 

“However, if you are looking forward to a spell of largely fine, sunny and warm conditions across the majority of the UK, then you are going to be in luck.”

Today, however, the northwest may experience an increase in cloud cover along with scattered showers.

Although the overall weather remains mild, the nights might turn chilly, resulting in the formation of fog patches. 

Thankfully, the fog is expected to dissipate as the day unfolds, allowing for pleasant daytime weather conditions.

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