Britons to bask in bank holiday weekend scorcher with mercury soaring up to 30C

UK weather: High temperatures continue

Britons may be basking in an August bank holiday scorcher with temperatures pushing 30C for some, according to a weather expert.

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, told parts of Britain might see the mercury rise up to 28C or even 30C if a possible warm spell sticks as Brits down tools for the August 26-28 Bank holiday weekend.

Mr Dale, giving a potential outlook for that weekend, said: “For the most part it doesn’t look too bad, but there’s plenty of time to go between now and then.

“The bank holiday weekend looks predominantly dry, predominantly warm to very warm with the warmest areas in the south and east.

“If there’s a threat at all, it will be weak fronts coming in over Northern Ireland and north west Scotland. That’s what I might expect to see.”

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The weather expert added he saw no reason why south east England, East Anglia and Cambridgeshire couldn’t see 27C to 28C while the north and west might see 18C to 21C.

Mr Dale warned the forecast may change given how far ahead it is, but if a possible warm spell were to persist and intensify, then 30C might be “on the cards”.

He also said the August bank holiday weekend (August 26-28) no longer heralded the end of the summer in Britain with warm, summery weather now possible into September as a result of climate change.

Mr Dale said: “I don’t see the August bank holiday as the end of the summery weather. This Bank holiday’s weather may well continue into September.”

He added: “A settled spell for a week or two is perhaps overdue, not just one to two days then back to rain. The end of August could well deliver that.”

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Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon told the bank holiday weekend forecast is uncertain at this point in time.

He said: “The outlook for the Bank holiday weekend is still fairly uncertain at present, with models suggesting a range of scenarios are possible for weather over that weekend.

“While there’s some warmer air likely in southern Europe later next week, it’s not yet clear if that will influence the UK weather, with a large spread in potential outlooks for the weekend.

“As always, further details will be available with a shorter lead time.”

Weather maps generated on Wednesday (August 16) for the Bank holiday weekend show maximum temperatures ranging from 18C in Scotland to 27C in the south. Wales will see temperatures ranging from 18C to 24C while Northern Ireland will see low to mid-20Cs, according to WX Charts.

Meanwhile, the forecast for today is for a mostly dry evening with the odd light shower further north but also lots of widespread evening sunshine.

The early hours of Thursday morning will see similar conditions with widespread clear spells, especially to the south with only the odd patch of light rain in Scotland, according to Meteogroup UK.

Thursday morning will be mostly dry with sunny spells in the south but becoming increasingly cloudy further north.

During the late morning and afternoon light showers are expected especially in northern England and parts of Scotland. There will be some evening sunshine in north-eastern regions with gentle to moderate easterly winds.

The outlook for Friday and Saturday shows a band of rain pushing in from the south-west on Friday morning.

This is expected to continue for most of the day and be generally heavy and often persistent.

As the band of rain leaves northern Scotland on Saturday morning, it will bring a mixture of sunny spells and light showers across most of the UK, according to Meteogroup UK.

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