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You don’t need to visit the Mediterranean to experience scorching weather next week, as the Westcountry is set to enjoy one of the hottest starts to June on record. According to the Exeter based Met Office, temperatures are set to soar to a balmy 28C because of a plume of warm air from the Continent and the Azores. Summer is set to properly start from Wednesday, and it will get hotter by the end of the week.
The temperature is expected to hit 28C in the south of the UK, and mid-20s in the other parts. It’s still going to be slightly more grim in the north, with it expected to be at least 8C colder than the rest of the country. It still looks pretty rainy in Scotland – but Southerners and those in the West will enjoy the sun.
In the meantime, the Met Office warned of four seasons in in a day this weekend as the Westcountry gets a taste of sunny, chilly, wet and windy weather. A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: “Saturday is definitely the best day of the weekend and on Sunday there are going to be some pretty terrible conditions across the region. “Overall, she said the last weekend of May will be one of showers, some sunshine and gusty winds.”
The good news for those with trips planned to stay in Cornwall holiday accommodation is that from mid next week it could be hotter in Britain than Spain and the south of France, where temperatures are expected to peak at 23C next week.
Summer could truly be on its way for us after a cold, wet and bleak May, which had an average temperature of a chilly 9.6C, as experts predict warm weather from now until the end of August.
British Weather Services forecaster Jim Dale said: “We haven’t had the chance to say ‘barbecue weather’ much this spring but next week we could well be talking about a heatwave. “It is going to be quite a surprise for many, with quite a dramatic change in the weather expected. We are looking at temperatures quite widely in the mid-20Cs, possibly higher in parts, especially in the south and London.”
The UK will enjoy weather that is far above the 16C average temperature for June, thanks to the warm air from the Continent.
The highest June temperature on record was during the 1976 heatwave when the mercury in Southampton soared to 35.6C.