Britain’s heatwave is set to continue bringing scorching temperatures throughout the week – but summer storms could strike some of the hottest areas after a weekend of record highs.
Temperatures should remain over 30C for some parts of England for at least the next three days as ‘Freedom Day’ arrives for England.
Today marks the fourth and final step in easing most lockdown restrictions after a weekend which saw Brits flock to beaches across the country.
Highs of up to 32C are set to bathe London, parts of England’s South and the Midlands later this week, the Met Office says.
But Tuesday could bring the risk of isolated thundery showers for some parts of England’s south, and the sweltering conditions are set to be dampened by downpours in some areas later in the week.
The Met Office says a band of rain with showers and thunderstorms is set to hit the South West on Friday morning, and could spread to the North East over next weekend
The Met Office says high pressure conditions will remain for days to come after the weekend brought the hottest day of the year so far.
Brits hit the beaches as a system from the Azores in the North Atlantic brought baking hot air settling over the country- with more than 45 areas recording temperatures higher than 30C.
Highs of 31.6C were recorded at Heathrow and 30.2C in Cardiff on Sunday in the hottest day of the year for both England and Wales, according to the Met Office.
It was the hottest day ever in Northern Ireland on Saturday, with 31.2C recorded in Ballywatticock, County Downbeating the previous highest temperature of 30.8C, reached on July 12, 1983 and June 30, 1976.
Coton in The Elms in Derbyshire record temperatures of 30.3C on Saturday, beating the previous hottest day of 29.7C recorded in south-west London on June 14,
Record temperatures were recorded in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales, at 29.6C on Saturday, while 28.2C was recorded in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.
Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We could get up to 32C next week, it is possible each day for different places in the country.
“The most likely areas to get 32C are parts of the Midlands and down towards south-west England and potentially London, they are all going to see the highest temperatures in the coming days.”
Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan added: “people are really going to feel the effects of the heat as we go through this week”.
Monday will bring dry conditions for much of the UK, but low cloud and some drizzle will affect coasts across the north, but breaking inland to give sunny spells, the Met Office forecast for the week says.
Further south, plenty of sunshine is expected again and it will become hot inland, possibly triggering the odd shower later.
By the evening conditions should remain fine, dry and warm for many areas, although low cloud again may affect some northern parts, whilst a few mist patches form elsewhere under clear skies.
Another mostly sunny and hot day, with higher temperatures extending further north into Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Cloudier far north. Risk of a thunderstorm in south later.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday
Fine and dry for most, just the odd isolated afternoon shower. Very warm, locally hot, although northeast coasts will be cooler. More widespread showers will reach the southwest on Friday.