Parts of the UK could be hit with scorching temperatures for the in time for the Queen's Jubilee bank holiday as sweltering heat looks set to hit our shores.
An unusually high pressure area based in the Azores is set to find its way to France over the next few weeks, before heading to British shores.
French cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Paris and Lyon will be bathed in temperatures ranging from 30c to 24c during the few days of hot weather.
And French newspaper Le Figaro has already warned of a “drought episode” due to the early heatwave.
When it hits the British shores, it is expected that areas such as Kent or Dover will be hit with 28c, while those up North will be bathed in Northern sunshine racking up temperatures of 16c.
Speaking to the Express, Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “Very warm weather will start to come in from the Southeast through the latter part of the week.
“Then, next weekend, we will start to see the real heat pick up as warm air comes in across the Continent from the South of France and Italy.
“This is the result of high pressure which will pick up a continental air flow, and it keeps the warm air over us into the middle of May.
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“Temperatures could hit the high 20Cs after next weekend.”
And Netweather meteorologist Ian Simpson writes in their forecast for next week, ahead of the possible heatwave, that most of the UK will be dry and sunny with temperatures well above average for the time of year.
He put that down to “high pressure centred just to the east of the British Isles”, bringing southerly winds.
He added: ”It will be cooler near south and east-facing coasts due to onshore breezes, which could bring some low cloud and fog into coastal parts of eastern Scotland and north-east England at times, but this is not likely to spread far inland.
“It is probable that daytime temperatures will reach around 25C quite widely over inland parts of England around midweek.”
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