UK weather forecast: ‘Spanish Plume’ to ROAST UK - latest Met Office HEATWAVE forecast

This weekend was likely a bit of a washout wherever you were, with Storm Hannah giving the British shores a battering. However, it was good news for runners taking part in the London Marathon, who enjoyed the cooler climes after last year’s heat. So when will we feel the start of summer again?

According to Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze, highs of up to 28C could arrive in Britain as early as next month as hot air blows in from Spain.

He said: “28C would not be a surprise later in May, with warm air expected to arrive from southern Europe, known as a ‘Spanish plume’.”

BBC weather agrees we’re looking at an early start to summer in May.

The BBC weather site forecasts “drier and calmer weather... with warm weather at times and temperatures above normal for the time of year.”

What does the Met Office say?

The  agrees May should see the warmth return, even if it’s a few weeks away yet.

The beginning of May will see “colder, showery conditions will spread into the north later, with the showers turning wintry over the Scottish mountains”.

The Met Office forecast adds: “During the Bank Holiday weekend a pattern of generally dry weather is likely to develop, with some sunshine across most parts, although western and northern areas may eventually see some unsettled and windier conditions later.”

Some parts might even see overnight frost as nights cool down significantly.

But then, around the middle of the month, “there are indications that more settled weather will begin to dominate,” said the Met Office.

The forecast says: “This should bring periods of light winds and fine and dry weather, but with a risk of occasional interludes of cooler, wet and breezy weather.

“Temperatures will be near to the seasonal average but, as is usual for this time in Spring, we can expect some marked day to day regional variations.

“The highest temperatures are most likely in the south and southeast, with the north and northwest probably seeing some cooler spells at times.”

But first, the week ahead will be quite changeable and cool in parts.

Southwest England, Wales and southwest Scotland will see patchy rain and low cloud which will most west and linger over Northern Ireland.

After any early fog patches have cleared, the rest of the UK will be dry with warm sunny spells.

Rain will continue in Northern Ireland, but the remainder of Britain will be dry with long clear spells.

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