June HEATWAVE: Chart turns DARK RED as scorching temperatures engulf UK this weekend

Britons can prepare to bask in the sunshine this weekend, as temperature are set to soar up to 27C. A temperature anomaly chart turns red and orange in the southern half of the UK on Thursday. The chart then shows temperatures increasing by 6C to 8C in some parts on Friday, with all of the UK covered in orange. The chart then turns a deep red in England and Wales as a band of heat covers the two countries.

The chart measures the difference from the average temperature in the UK.

Sunday shows a difference of 2C to 3C, before temperatures drop slightly below average on Monday.

BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas warned, however, that the north of the country may struggle to reach temperatures above 14C with persistent outbreaks of rain.

She said: “Through the day tomorrow we see quite a cloudy picture first thing. The cloud will break up for central and eastern parts of England and in the sunshine we’ll see temperatures of up to 23C or so.

“Further north though, more rain to come at times for Scotland, north-west England and Northern Ireland too.

“Temperatures here under the clouds around about 15C to 18C.

“Into Friday, more rain in the north-west and a soggy day again for Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland where the rainfall will really be mounting up in the next few days.

“Much of England and Wales though should have a dry and fine day with spells of sunshine breaking through the cloud lifting temperatures in the warmest spots to around 22C or 23C.

“It will be warming up over the next few days and heading into the weekend top temperatures could reach up to 27C by Saturday.”

The baking heat is thanks to the jet stream rising north of the UK bringing lots of sunshine and warmth.

And it is just in time for summer, which officially starts on Saturday, June 1. Although there will be plenty of sunshine, the extreme heat will not be widespread throughout the entire UK.

Scotland will remain cool with highs of 17C in Edinburgh and 16C in Glasgow on Saturday.

The north of England will manage 21C while Cardiff, Wales, will see the same temperature.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “The indication is that we could see highs of 28C (82F), isolated highs of around 28C, on Saturday, and the most likely candidate places for those would be places like Norwich, north London, those sorts of areas away from the coast, but in the south-east corner of the UK.

“And on Sunday we could see highs of 29C (84F), even possibly 30C.

“So Sunday looks very much as though it’s going to be a warmer day than Saturday. So we have got that warmth coming through.

“Once this warm front, and the air behind it, starts to pull across the UK then we will see temperatures starting to rise.”

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