Forget foreign holidays! Britain is set to bask in a weekend heatwave on Sunday with temperatures reaching 87F – making it the hottest day of the year and warmer than Ibiza
- Met Office is forecasting rising temperatures for the remainder of the week, which could peak at 87F in parts on Sunday
- This would surpass the previous hottest day of the year on record, which was 83°F last month
- The good weather could continue into Wednesday next week with warm temperatures and sunny skies
The UK could experience its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures forecast to hit 87F in parts of the UK this Sunday – making it warmer than Ibiza.
Despite “biblical” flash floods and torrential rain in London and other areas earlier this week, the high-pressure weather is set to improve, making for fair and dry weather across most of the country.
While Ibiza is forecast to peak at 84°F on Sunday, the Met Office has predicted parts of the UK could see temperatures of 87°F, making it the hottest day of the year so far.
The current record holder is June 14, when temperatures reached 83F at Heathrow in west London last month.
With temperatures already warming today, Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said Britons can expect sunny skies and rising temperatures across much of Britain for the remainder of the week and into the weekend.
He said: “It’s dry in most places, it’s fine with long rays of sunshine and temperatures a little warmer than yesterday.
“Overnight will be a little cloudy over the North Isles, North and West Wales and North West England but otherwise a mostly dry night with long clear spells and it will be a fairly warm night.
Brits could bask in warm temperatures and sunny skies for the rest of the week and into the weekend as temperatures could reach as high as 87F this weekend. Pictured: Families flock to Lyme Regis in Dorset to soak up the sunshine today
The beach is packed as families and sunbathers flock to the Dorset seaside resort on a day of scorching heat
“Tomorrow starts with lots of clouds for North West England and parts of Wales. Cloud will then make its way across the Midlands and eastern England, but plenty of sunshine will return for most places in south west England, Wales, northern England and Scotland on Thursday afternoon.
“We will see high temperatures again in places into the mid 20’s but it will be cooler in the eastern areas particularly on the Norfolk coast with the breeze off the sea and fairly overcast skies.
“On Thursday night the skies are clear for most as we head into Friday and high pressure is responsible for that. It moves in and stays, lasts until the weekend, brings a lot of nice, dry weather and also rising temperatures.
“By the weekend, some places could hit almost 30C by Sunday, so plenty of sunshine and temperatures rising and it’s getting hotter day and night.”
Pictured: Watersports enthusiasts enjoy the sunshine early this morning as they take a dip at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset
Brits can expect warm and dry weather from Friday (left) while temperatures soar on Sunday (right).
Until next week, the Met Office says the weather will continue to be affected by high pressure moving across the UK, meaning dry and sunny weather will continue.
Temperatures over the next week will initially continue to be very warm, with the hottest temperatures observed in central and southern areas.
It will then become cooler and fresher later in the next week before a period of more unsettled weather towards the end of July.
Ahead of the temperature rise, the Met Office has shared how to tell if warm weather is meeting the definition of a heatwave.
In the UK, each part of the country has certain thresholds that must be met for a period of three days or longer to be considered a heatwave, with the higher thresholds being in the southern parts of the country, with the highest threshold in London being at 82.4F.