UK weather forecast LIVE – May HEATWAVE on cards, Met Office reveals at 23C temperatures predicted

BRITS look set to be hit by a mid-May heatwave with temperatures reaching 23C in the south, according to the Met Office.

Temperatures will start to heat up from today with experts predicting the mercury will hit the low twenties buy the weekend, with plenty of warm air and sunshine forecast.

Thursday has seen balmy minimum temperatures of 18C, before hitting highs of 22C in time for the weekend – with London and the south-east to see the best of the warm weather.

Forecasters have predicted more warm weather stints in the second half of May, with hot spells also likely to bake Britain in June

A "Spanish sizzler" blowing in from the continent in the week of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee from June 2 to 5, when Her Majesty will mark 70 years on the throne.

The Met Office's long-range outlook over the period states: "Chances of hot weather and heatwaves are increased compared to average, especially later in the period.

"There is an increase in the likelihood of warmer-than-average conditions over the three months."

Read our UK weather live blog below for the latest forecasts and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Londoners in for a treat tomorrow

    Early morning fog patches soon clearing, leaving a dry and warm day, with sunny spells in London.

    Cloud increasing from the northwest through the afternoon, bringing patchy rain for the evening with maximum temperatures of 22 °C.

  • Louis Allwood

    Mid-May to be 'very warm'

    Mid-May is expected to be particularly cheerful, with "very warm" sunshine on the way and highs of around 23C.

    And by the time the Jubilee bank holiday rolls around, it could be a scorching 30C.

    "Temperatures are several degrees above where they should be at this time of year," said meteorologist Marco Petagna.

    Bookies are slashing the odds on this month becoming the hottest May ever.

  • Louis Allwood

    What has the hottest day so far been?

    The UK's hottest day so far this year was Good Friday, when 23.4C was recorded in St James's Park in central London.

    It comes after a pleasant April that has seen average maximum temperatures above normal for the month, with little rain.

    The UK had around a third less rainfall than is usually expected for the month, forecasters say.

    England and Wales were the driest UK nations.

  • Louis Allwood

    Rain expected soon

    The Met Office have confirmed that some will see rain showers soon.

    They said: "Rain and drizzle across NW Scotland becoming heavier and edging southeastwards into Northern Ireland.

    "Mostly dry elsewhere with clear spells and a few fog patches."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Met Office predicts weather to warm up by weekend

    Every cloud has a silver lining and the Met Office reckon the weather is likely to warm up by the weekend.

    Dr Mark McCarthy, of the National Climate Information Centre, said April’s official figures will be announced tomorrow.

    He said: “What we’ve seen in April is a long period of time with the UK under the influence of high pressure, bringing calm and settled weather, especially in the south.

    “Early in the month, the Azores High dominated the weather in the south, with low-pressure systems continuing to make some progress in northern areas.

    “Later in the month high-pressure remained dominant, but this time centred more towards Scandinavia or Iceland, and over the UK itself.

    “What this adds up to is a dry theme for the month, with scattered showers making limited impacts in northern areas.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Extreme heat can pop up at short notice’

    A forecaster said: “Temperatures are expected to be close to or above normal throughout the period to May 13, with some bright weather.

    “May 13 to 27 has temperatures most likely above normal for all areas, with an increased chance of warm spells.

    “The South looks drier, with showers possible in the North.”

    But ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “There’ll be a warming trend ahead – and extreme heat can crop up at short notice.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Hotter than normal temperatures ahead

    The Met Office is also forecasting hotter-than-normal temperatures across the three months from April to the end of June.

    Warmer-than-usual average temperatures are almost 10 times more likely than much-cooler conditions, at 45 per cent versus five per cent, Met Office briefings to councils and businesses reveal.

    The long-range outlook over the period states: “Chances of hot weather and heatwaves are increased compared to average, especially later in the period.

    “There is an increase in the likelihood of warmer-than-average conditions over the three months.”

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    Tree pollen warning for hay fever sufferers today

    As the temperature creeps up today, hay fever sufferers are being warned pollen levels will begin to rise.

    The Met Office says tree pollen levels "are high across England and Wales" today.

    It also added how "a little grass pollen will be airborne too">

  • Joseph Gamp

    Great British sizzler forecast for Queen’s Jubilee

    Forecasters are predicting a 30C sizzler for the Queen’s Jubilee, with temperatures potentially reaching highs of 30C.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza, helping sun-starved Brits celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

    Weather maps show the UK burning a deep orange over the celebratory period – and meteorologists reckon the mercury could top 30C in some parts.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Short weather summary for tomorrow

    Rain across Northern Ireland and southern Scotland moving into Wales and northern England.

    Turning brighter to the north with a few showers.

    Warm sunny spells for southern and southeast England.

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    Bookies make summer 7/4 to be hottest on record

    This year could see the hottest summer on record, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

    With temperatures ready to soar across the UK in the coming weeks, the bookies have now cut odds to just 7/4 (from 3/1) on the hottest summer EVER being recorded this year.

    Elsewhere, 6/4 says this goes down as a record-breaking hot May.
    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Things are about to get a whole lot hotter, and we've already cut odds on a record-breaking hot summer as a result."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather outlook for Saturday to Monday

    The majority of the UK will see warm temperatures over the weekend with the glorious weather set to least into early next week.

    The Met Office says: "Southern parts will see a good deal of dry weather, and here it will be rather warm.

    "The northwest likely cloudier and cooler with rain at times, especially from Sunday."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Mid-may heatwave

    The Met Office predicts a “brief heatwave” will hit in mid-May.

    Highs of 23C are expected in the south of England, with one forecaster hinting it may become “very warm” this month.

    Met meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures are several degrees above where they should be at this time of year.”

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    The latest view from space

    The Met Office has published a satellite image showing the Uk's weather from space.

    It tweeted: "Cloudy skies or sunshine this morning?

    "Here's the latest view from space."

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    In pictures: Stunning sunrise of the City of London

    Brits are set to see temperatures rise to 21C from today, following a midweek blast of wintry weather and torrential showers.

    The eye-catching image below shows the sun rising behind skyscrapers and offices in the City of London financial district.

    Forecasters say the lion's share of the warm weather will be seen in London and the south-east and is set to continue over the weekend.

    The sun rises behind skyscrapers and offices in the City of London this morningCredit: Reuters
  • Joseph Gamp

    Hotter-than-normal temperatures until end of June

    The Met Office is also forecasting hotter-than-normal temperatures across the three months from April to the end of June.

    This week, the mercury is set to soar and provide a real taste of summer – making some parts of the country hotter than Ibiza.

    Make sure you secure a good sunbathing spot on Thursday, as the heat will rival some of Europe's holiday hotspots.

    Conditions will be warmer than Saint-Tropez in France, and Crete in Greece – but meteorologists warned not to expect "wall-to-wall sunshine".

  • Joseph Gamp

    A dry and mild weekend ahead

    Brits will be in for a dry and milder this weekend leading into next week.

    In particular, the south will likely enjoy some lovely weather.

    Northerly areas will see a scattering of showers, though temperatures are expected to remain above average across the UK apart from in coastal areas.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather set to hit 20C in coming days – but it’s not a heatwave

    BBC Weather says despite 20C temperatures being forecast from tomorrow, Brits won’t be experiencing a heatwave at the end of the week

    It tweeted: “You may have heard/read news about a heatwave coming our way?

    “Well, while it’s set to turn warmer than average in the coming days with temperatures up to high teens/low twenties, it won’t qualify as a heatwave.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    May 6/4 to be hottest ON RECORD

    LADBROKES HAVE SLASHED ODDS on this going down as the hottest May on record.

    Having been a 2/1 shot last weekend, the bookies now make it just 6/4 for this month to play host to the hottest May EVER, with temperatures set to rise once again.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Temperatures are soon set to soar in the coming days, and the latest odds suggest this could go down as a record-breaking hot May as a result.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Heavy showers now spreading East, says Met Office

    It’s been a wet, windy & damp May afternoon today.

    The latest map from the weather agency shows a band of rain moving eastwards across the UK.

    It also says eastern Scotland will also be experiencing a few rumbles of thunder this afternoon.

    Have a look at the map below.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Better weather is coming this weekend

    It’s set to be dry and milder this weekend leading into next week.

    In particular, the south will likely enjoy some lovely weather.

    Northerly areas will see a scattering of showers, though temperatures are expected to remain above average across the UK apart from in coastal areas.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Londoners could see highs of 21C today

    Early mist and fog patches will soon clear to leave a mostly fine day, with bright or sunny spells for many.

    Feeling warm in the sunshine, with light winds and maximum temperatures of 21 °C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Eight days of sunshine from Monday

    The country could also be in store for eight straight days of sunshine from next Monday, according to BBC Weather.

    It comes after balmy weather over the Bank Holiday weekend saw Brits soaked as rain dampened the three-day break.

    But Brits are in store for some sunshine in the coming weeks.

    The Met Office is also forecasting hotter-than-normal temperatures across the two months from May to the end of June.

    This week, the mercury is set to soar and provide a real taste of summer – making some parts of the country hotter than Ibiza.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Mid-may heatwave

    The Met Office predicts a “brief heatwave” will hit in mid-May.

    Highs of 23C are expected in the south of England, with one forecaster hinting it may become “very warm” this month.

    Met meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures are several degrees above where they should be at this time of year.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Glorious heatwave to bring 30C for a WEEK

    A heatwave is heading to the UK just in time for the Platinum Jubilee weekend – and it’s set to be a scorcher.

    A “Spanish sizzler” is set to bring temperatures of up to 30C during the week the Queen celebrates her 70 years on the throne.

    The weather front is forecast to blow in from the continent at the end of May, bringing a much-needed dose of sunshine with it.

    The incredible weather will be a major boost for thousands of Brits digging out their barbecues and bunting to mark Her Majesty’s mighty achievement in style.

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