The Met Office has raised its heat alert level ahead of a scorching end to the week. In partnership with the UK Health Security Agency, a level three alert was issued for the south-east, London and east of England on Wednesday (June 15).
It comes after a level two alert was introduced on Tuesday (June 14), with the Met Office now expecting its threshold temperatures for an alert across the three regions to be met towards the end of the week. Mercury is expected to rise through Friday (June 17) while warnings remain in place through Saturday (June 18).
Parts of the UK are forecast to be hotter than the Sahara these days, with meteorologists warning that temperatures could peak at 34C. BBC weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said: “Well we will certainly be turning up the heat over the next few days.
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“For the southern parts of the UK this will be a short lived heatwave and this is the peak, by Friday, London and the South East up to 33C maybe even 34C.” The mirror reports. He continued: “Look at the average, we’re significantly higher compared to what we would normally see, not unprecedented, the record is actually a little over 35C so we’re not actually beating records but it is not that far away when you think about it.
“Well, that’s what’s happening on the satellite imagery. Here the heat comes from the south, we have cooler air in the North Atlantic, that cooler air will eventually win. I think as we get into Saturday, into Sunday things will cool down and there will be storms coming as well, but not in the short term.
Looking ahead to today, Mr Schafernaker said it will be hot across much of the UK but a cooler weather system is already coming into play in the far north west of the UK. “This is how it looks Thursday morning, clear skies over England and Wales, a bit more cloud in the north west here with these Atlantic weather systems just brushing the north west British Isles and raindrops,” he said.
“Some of these showers could be a little heavy in the western islands perhaps during the day in Northern Ireland there will be a different weather system but that is Thursday night. But look at temperatures of 28C in London, widely mid 20C in Yorkshire for example we could actually hit 30C on Thursday.”
There’s also a warning about high pollen and UV levels, urging caution if they’re outdoors for long periods. Looking ahead to Friday’s weather, Mr Schafernaker continued: “This is actually going to be the peak of the heat so these south and south west winds are bringing this hot air from the south, 33C or 34C, all the hot air that comes from France.
“The northwest of the country is much fresher here, that’s the cooler Atlantic air that’s already spreading.” But he added that temperatures will drop over the weekend.
“So the weekend is coming, like it or not, after a hot and sunny Friday, it’ll all work out,” he said.
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