Hot weather: Met Office verdict as UK mercury tipped to soar in weeks – new maps | Weather | News

The Met Office has given its verdict as Brits prepare for a sweltering summer ahead. Weather maps have shown temperatures as high as 22C in Yorkshire with the North East of England and Midlands set to feel the heat most of all on May 23.

London might see a peak of 22C but that looks set to be beaten by Northern Ireland by one degree, according to the maps.

One map generated by WX Charts using MetDesk data shows almost all of England, Wales and Northern Ireland a degree or two above the temperature expected for the time of year at 6am on May 29.

The Met Office says signals during the period May 28 to June 11 are weak and only offer limited guidance, but it expects a mixture of rain and showers along with settled, and potentially warm, interludes in-between.

It adds: „By early June, the chances of above and below average rainfall are evenly balanced. There is a slightly higher likelihood of above average temperatures compared with below average temperatures, such that the chance of hot spells, although still very small, is slightly higher than normal too.“

A weather map of France at 6pm on May 23 shows maximum temperatures of 19C in Brittany and Normandy, with Britain possibly catching some of the warmth from across the English Channel.

Maximum temperatures look set to be in the high teens across much of the UK at 6pm on May 28. South East England sees the mercury range between 17-19C while the South West, Midlands, East Anglia and parts of the North East could see 16-18C, according to WX Charts.

Elsewhere, maximum temperatures for the same date range from 11C to 15C in Scotland and 15C to 16C in Northern Ireland.

The latest Met Office verdict on the chances of hot weather comes after weather expert Jim Dale told the Express Britain could be hit by record-breaking heatwaves this summer.

Temperatures peaked on Sunday (May 12) as the UK recorded its hottest day of the year, though forecasters predicted a week of milder temperatures as thunderstorms brought an end to the fine weather for many.

Chertsey in Surrey recorded the warmest temperature of 27.5C on Sunday while 25.3C was recorded in Usk in South Wales, according to the Met Office.

A thunderstorms warning for the west of the UK, including most of Wales, was in force until 11pm on Sunday, while another was in place for western parts of Scotland until 3am on Monday (May 13).

Met Office UK five day weather forecast

Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17

Headline: Changeable this week with spells of rain and showers.

This evening and tonight: Rain will move into the rest of England and also southern and western Scotland. The driest of the spells ahead of the rain band towards the east, with clearer but showery weather following in the southwest. Mild under the cloud.

Tuesday: Largely dry and bright across the far north, with bright spells and showers across southern and western areas. Rather cloudy elsewhere with outbreaks of rain, turning heavy in places.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Remaining changeable with a mix of sunshine and showers. The showers heavy at times, with perhaps some longer spells of rain at times. Temperatures falling back to closer to average.

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