UK weather forecast: Temperatures to SOAR in May as Britain basks in BLISTERING HEATWAVE

Temperatures will rocket at the weekend amid predictions for a possible heatwave during the second half of May. Bitter Polar air responsible for the cold weather over the past week will be shoved aside by balmy breezes from the south. After an unusually chilly May Bank Holiday the mercury will rise above average for late spring this weekend, forecasters say.

However, the change will be triggered by a deep low-pressure system on course to smash the UK today.

Swathes of the country are facing torrential downpours, gales, hail and thunderstorms through the rest of the week.

Met Office meteorologist Richard Miles said: “Between now and the weekend there will be some unsettled weather with quite a lot of rain spreading north-westwards on Wednesday.

“The rain will be slow-moving and some of these showers will be heavy and thundery with hail in some isolated places.

“The rain will hang around, particularly in northeastern parts of the country, through Wednesday and Thursday, and in the north over the hills there could be wintry showers.

“While it will feel cool in the wind and the rain, milder air will start to come in from the southwest.”

High pressure building over the weekend will bring calmer conditions and some even warmer weather, he said.

Thermometers could hit the 20C (68F) mark in some parts with clear skies and sunshine largely set to continue through next week, he added.

He said: “By the weekend it will be more settled, warmer, drier and much more pleasant in most places.

“High pressure is expected to settle over the country pushing away the Polar air and allowing temperatures to rise higher than average for the time of year.

“While it will be warm by day, under very clear skies this heat will disappear and bring the risk of some widespread frosts on Friday and Saturday nights.

“This weekend we are expecting mild, almost warm temperatures and it looks like the relatively settled, mild conditions will hold out into the following week.”

Sweltering heat could hold out into the start of summer as Britain with a ‘flaming’ June on the cards, according to some experts.

Exacta Weather’s James Madden said: “There is the potential for some wet and windy weather through the first part of May.

“However confidence is high for a switch to something much warmer before the end of the month there is a chance the UK will see an early taste of summer within the next fortnight.

“Many southern parts of the country are likely to bask in temperatures in the mid to high-20Cs at the least with prolonged and warm periods on the cards from mid-May onwards.

“Parts of the country can look forward to periods of prolonged and widespread warmth with ample wall-to-wall sunshine from mid-May onwards."

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