May temperatures could set new records with heatwave forecast


Image: Temperatures are expected to rise in May. Credit: Creative Commons/stevepb

The UK is on track for one of the warmest spring spells in nearly 100 years, forecasters say.

May is set for “temperatures could hit 20 degrees Celsius” during the second half of the month, the Daily Express reported on Monday May 9.

Scorching heat is believed to come from southern Europe.

A 1,200-mile high-pressure system being built across Europe in Britain this week is expected to draw heat from the continent.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for the UK Meteorological Service, told The Express: ‘Very hot weather will start rolling in from the south-east until the end of the week.

“Then next weekend we will start to see the real heat increase as warm air enters across the continent from southern France and Italy.

“It’s the result of the high pressure picking up a flow of continental air, and that’s keeping the warm air above us until mid-May.

“Temperatures could reach 20 degrees Celsius after next weekend.”

It would be a stark contrast to May last year, which was the coldest since 1996. Weather models show thermometers could hit 28 degrees Celsius through the start of the second half of the month.

Daily maximum temperatures could be exceeded. Records for this period are 27.8 degrees Celsius measured at Camden, London on May 16, 1925; 28.9 Celsius in West Yorkshire on May 17, 1952, and 28.3 Celsius in Glenbranter, Argyll and Bute, Scotland on May 19, 1948.

The welcome forecast for May comes as Spain will experience unusually high temperatures this week.

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