Temperatures could reach HIGHEST of the year so far this week

Temperatures could reach HIGHEST of the year so far this week as Brits look forward to belated burst of summer following weeks of wash-out

  • Warm air from the Continent will spread across the Channel to hit 30C

With children back at school, and millions of workers having returned to full swing, it can only mean one thing – a heatwave.

After weeks of washouts, the next few days will be a belated burst of summer.

In fact, this week could potentially bring the hottest temperatures of 2023.

Having been the culprit for the cool, damp conditions Britain endured for much of July and August, the jet stream is finally shifting north, meaning yesterday was sunny and dry for most.

Even better weather could be on the cards from the middle of this week, as warm air from the Continent spreads across the Channel, forecasters predict, with the 30C (86F) mark set to be reached for the first time since early July.

The beach and esplande were packed yesterday afternoon in Bournemouth, Dorset

Southern areas could even beat the highest temperature recorded so far this year of 32.2C (90F), reached twice, on June 10 and 25.

‘Most places are going to see wall-to-wall sunshine by the middle of the week, which is something we haven’t seen for much of the summer,’ Met Office senior operational meteorologist Amy Bokota said. 

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‘It’s going to feel warmer than we would expect for the start of autumn, particularly in London and the South East, where the heatwave threshold could be met.

‘But it will also feel humid and muggy in some areas, with temperatures in parts of the country staying above 20C (68F) overnight, making for uncomfortable sleeping conditions.’

Warm and sunny weather extended across the country yesterday with beachgoers thronging the sands from Bournemouth in the South of England to resorts in the North.

Seaburn Beach in Sunderland was packed with families rounding off the school holidays in style. Surfers and swimmers took to the North Sea as the balmy temperatures, while others brought buckets and spades.

The warmest location yesterday afternoon was Aberdeenshire, which recorded 27C (81F). If this week does top 30C, it would be the first time the UK has been that hot since July 7.

People enjoying the warm weather in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset on Sunday

However, it is unlikely to match 2016, when a sweltering 34.4C (93.9F) was recorded in Kent on September 13.

Next weekend could see the warm weather break down with thundery showers, but there are hints of a return of high pressure the following week.

Despite an unsettled July and August, 2023 is likely to have been one of the UK’s ten warmest summers on record, according to provisional Met Office figures, due to an exceptionally warm June.

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