Summer SCORCHER: Mini heatwave to see UK reach 25C - but how long will sunshine last?

Ladbrokes and Coral have slashed the odds on this May being the hottest on record from last weekend to today. According to the bookies, Britain is due to brighten up after a week of rain and citizens are about to enjoy the sizzling sunshine as a mini heatwave begins. UK weather forecasts are looking promising, with the UK set to reach 25C according to bookmaker Coral, but how long will the sunshine last?

Coral predict temperatures will soar above 20C and make it odds on 1/2 that somewhere in the UK sees 25C or higher by the end of the weekend.

Harry Aitkenhead from Coral said: ““We’re getting towards summer now and the sun is finally here to stay by the looks of things.

“We’ve slashed our odds on this month going down as the hottest May since records began and the future looks warm.

“There’s every chance that this summer will top the sweltering heights of last year and if it does it will almost certainly go down as the hottest summer the UK has ever seen.”

Ladbrokes also slashed the odds on May being the hottest on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The scorching weather looks like it’s here to stay and this could well be the hottest May on record.”

But according to the , the weather might not be as immediately luscious as the bookmakers predict.

The Met Office says over the course of the next five days, it will be “mainly warm and sunny, but showers later in the week”.

The weather service’s five day forecast suggests that the warm weather will continue until Friday when the weather will become cooler and more changeable with a mix of sunshine and showers, some of which are expected to turn heavy.

For the rest of May, the Met Office predicts it will remain changeable with an increasing chance of showers which could become heavy and have a small risk of thunder.

But drier spells in west and northwest Scotland are expected, with these regions expected to be the warmest.

At the very end of the month, the Met Office predicts the sunshine and warm summer weather will arrive properly.

The highest temperatures are expected in the north, especially the northwest, but the prolonged are expected to spread south in due course.

Temperatures will hit 24C by the middle of the week, according to the Met Office, although some weather charts show thermometers nudging 29C.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “High pressure is dominating the weather, this is a pretty intense high and it is quite unusual.

“This high extends unusually high right to the top of the atmosphere and is exceptionally well-developed, in terms of how it will affect the weather, over the next three days it is going to be largely sunny with rising temperatures.

“The jet stream is well away to the west and north taking unsettled weather systems away from us, this is allowing the high to become more established.

“Because we have this high sitting over us, air is sinking and warming as it does so, we are looking at a lot of fine weather.

“Temperatures will probably peak on Wednesday with highs of around 24C, although it will be largely another decent day on Thursday.

“Later on Thursday, and from Friday into the weekend we will see a change with things turning a bit more unsettled.

“Next week it should turn nice again and this is the pattern looking further ahead.”

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