The UK is bracing for a boiling heatwave to strike on Friday, which marks the start of the first May bank holiday weekend. Temperatures are expected to rise to as high as 25C in London and the South East by the end of the week, with the highest temperatures forecast for Friday afternoon. Britons will be able to enjoy the warm weather in their gardens and on balconies with the country expected to still be under strict coronavirus lockdown measures.
The shift in temperature comes as a plume of hot air shifts northwards from the Iberia, France and Spain.
The mercury will start to rise on Wednesday, with WXCharts forecasting thermometers will nudge towards 16C by the afternoon.
Thursday is expected to be even warmer, with the South East expected to reach 18C.
By Friday, forecasters predict temperatures will soar to towards the mid-20s, with similar highs on Saturday.
BBC Weather meteorologist Nina Ridge said the warm air will start to move in from Wednesday night, forecasting temperatures as high as 23C on the weekend.
She said: “We start to see the warmth arriving through to the end of the week and potentially by Friday we could start to see temperatures back up to around about 22 to 23C.”
But, the Met Office have suggested temperatures could be much higher – forecasting highs of 25C.
Met Office spokeswoman Nichola Maxey told Express.co.uk: “In the south east we can expect to see temperatures reach 24C on Friday.”
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She said parts of Scotland, such as Aberdeen, can also expect to see highs of 21C on Friday and Saturday.
Ms Maxey added: “Friday is going to be quite a warm day. Saturday will see something similar with highs of 25C in the south of the country.
“Most places will be a nice warm day in the mid 20s.”
But she cautioned that not all parts of the UK will experience the sunny weather, with parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland expected to be hit by showers and cooler, cloudy weather.
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Southern England will continue to bask in the warm weather on Saturday, but sadly the summer spell is not expected to last.
Bitterly-cold temperatures are forecast to sweep in across the country from early evening, before plunging to lows of 3C at 6pm on Sunday.
Most of the UK will see a significant drop in temperatures.
The west country is forecast to have the warmest weather on Sunday, with highs of 12C forecast.
But the majority of the UK will average at around 6C.
Jo Farrow, senior forecaster at Netweather, explained the shift in temperatures will be caused by a band of rain and cloud.
She said: “24C is forecast for London by Friday as this week warms up.
“However, during the weekend colder air will move in from the north and next week starting on Sunday looks chilly. Quite a change on the way.”
She added: “By Saturday evening there will be a brisk wind making everywhere feel cooler.
“During Saturday night colder air moves down over Scotland with a frost and snow showers for the Scottish mountains, into the Pennines by Sunday morning.
“Another band of rain and cloud will be lurking over northern France into the Channel which could push northwards bringing rain to southern Britain by Sunday but the cold flow from the north may keep that at bay.”
Friday’s bank holiday will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
The first May bank holiday usually takes place on the first Monday of the month but was moved to mark the celebrations.
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