UK set for sunshine as 23C temperatures start climb towards hottest day of year

BRITS can wave goodbye to the miserable weather as temperatures today will hit 23C across the UK.

The Met Office has forecast the weather for sunny spells that will continue to Friday, expected to be the hottest day of the year.

According to the Met Office, today will be fine and dry with sunny spells for most of the UK.

Temperatures will reach 23C in the southeast while in the north of England temperatures will hit the high teens.

Conditions are expected to be less breezy and warmer than the cloudier weather experienced yesterday.

There will be a few showers for northwest Scotland and cloudy weather with rain will arrive in Northern Ireland later this evening.

Temperatures will continue to build-up through Thursday with Friday predicted to be the hottest day of the year despite following an unseasonably chilly July, the Met Office has said.

The UK average temperature for this July is currently on course to be just 14.1C – one degree less than the 1981-2010 long-term average of 15.2C, it said.

So far this month, the highest maximum temperature recorded was 28.5C on July 17 at Heathrow Airport.

The cool temperatures and wet weather are due to low-pressure systems and weather fronts coming through, as well as "unseasonal" winds – gusts of up to 50mph were recorded on Monday.

In recent years, the average July temperature has exceeded the average, hitting 16.4C and 17.2C in 2019 and 2018 respectively, it said.

The Met Office has forecast scorching weather for the end of this week, with the warmest day coming on Friday.

This week's heatwave will be some comfort to those unable to travel to Spain for holidays after a 14-day quarantine was introduced due to a coronavirus spike.

London and the South East could reach 33C at the end of the week, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said.

"It will get warm… it will be 30C and above quite widely, from the south coast and up to Yorkshire. The warmth will extend to the Scottish border, where temperatures will be in the high 20s," Mr Madge told Yahoo.

The expected temperatures will top this year's current warmest day, when the mercury hit 31C on June 24.

Beaches across Britain were empty today as recent bleak conditions have kept people away from the shore.

Heavy rain covered most of the UK early this week, with just the far South and South East of England missing the worst of the rainy weather.

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