Beach ready Britain! UK is set for 86F mini-heatwave over weekend as millions head to the coast and beauty spots – with 71F highs to last all week
- The mercury could exceed a scorching 86F (30C) in a mini-heatwave this weekend, predicted forecasters
- Sunday to be warmest day of weekend for England, Scotland and Wales, and highs of 77F (25C) on Saturday
- Sweltering weekend is forecast despite gloomy conditions in south-west England and south Wales today
- Weather conditions in Cornwall also scuppered a trip by Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to St Michael’s Mount
The UK is set for an 86F (30C) mini-heatwave over the weekend as millions head to the coast and beauty spots with 71F (22C) highs to last all week.
This weekend is on course to be the warmest weekend of this year yet and the warmest since the end of last summer, according to Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon.
Forecasters predicted the mercury could exceed a scorching 86F (30C) this weekend, with Sunday lined up to be the warmest day for England, Scotland and Wales, and highs of 77F (25C) on Saturday.
A spell of high pressure means most areas will meet the weather service’s definition of a heatwave – defined as three days above a particular temperature threshold.
The sun is set to stick around for the rest of the month, with only north-western parts due a little wind and rain towards the end of next week.
And the sweltering weekend is forecast despite gloomy conditions today, with overcast weather in south-west England and south Wales resulting in the partial solar eclipse being blocked out in some parts of Britain.
Weather conditions in Cornwall also scuppered a trip by US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to St Michael’s Mount, a castle on a tidal island off the county’s coast, with a No 10 source confirming the visit was ‘sadly off due to the weather’.
A view of the bay in St Ives, Cornwall, today ahead of the G7 summit. Weather conditions scuppered a trip by US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to St Michael’s Mount, a castle on a tidal island off the county’s coast
The sweltering weekend (right) is forecast despite gloomy conditions today (left), with overcast weather in southwest England and south Wales resulting in the partial solar eclipse being blocked out in some parts of Britain
Earlier this week, the Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze said computer models were suggesting ‘temperatures could exceed 30C (86F) this weekend’, with the BBC’s Helen Willetts saying the UK ‘could approach the 30C (86F) mark by the end of this weekend’.
Meanwhile, for tomorrow’s forecast, the Met Office’s Mr Dixon said: ‘Friday will be largely fine and dry for much of the country.
‘There is a band of cloud and light patchy rain in the far north-west of Scotland, and there’ll be some showers affecting parts of the west as well.
‘There’s also clouds in the south (of England), however temperatures will remain above average for this time of year and there will be long, warm sunny spells for central and south-east areas in particular.
‘You’re looking at temperatures of mid-20Cs across the country but in London it could be 80.6F (27C) on Friday.’
He added: ‘There will be long sunny periods for most, but there’s a chance some rain could reach the extreme north-west in the day.
Visitors go for a walk on the beach at St Ives in Cornwall today, ahead of the three-day G7 summit being held from June 11 to 13
Police officers patrol on the water as visitors take their daily exercise on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall, today, where G7 leaders will meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years
A police marine unit patrols a harbour in St Ives. Temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are predicted to see highs around 77F (25C), with Sunday lined up to be the warmest day of the weekend for England, Scotland and Wales
Police patrol by the harbour in St Ives, Cornwall, this morning ahead of the G7 summit. Views of the partial solar eclipse on Thursday will be ‘somewhat fleeting’ across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said
A police marine unit patrols a harbour in St Ives as security preparations are underway for the G7 leaders summit in Cornwall
‘Temperatures will remain above average for this time of year with highs across England generally in mid-20Cs and 80.6F (27C) in London.’
Grass and weed pollen levels are also increasing at the moment, the Met Office tweeted, with the highest levels expected in southern England during the coming days.
Ladbrokes cut odds to 1/4 that this week will play host to temperatures of 86F (30C) or higher in the UK, and also slashed odds to 1/3 on this month going down as the hottest June ever.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: ‘Things are only going to get hotter over the coming weeks if the latest odds are anything to go by.’
Coral bookmakers also slashed the odds to 1-6 (from 4-5) on 30C or higher being recorded in the UK before the end of the weekend.
The Met Office’s weather forecast for Britain this weekend, pictured above. The mercury soared above 70F (21C) for the 13th day in a row yesterday, continuing a remarkable turnaround
The offshore naval vessel HMS Tamar patrols off St Ives, Cornwall, today. The Met Office tweeted this morning: ‘Thursday morning will be a much cloudier one for most, though it will be mild’
People head over the causeway leaving a mist covered St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall this morning, as overcast conditions are forecast for the rest of today
A man walks on a beach in front of a mist covered St Michael’s Mount in Penzance as Cornwall prepares for the G7 summit
‘Our betting suggests temperatures will rise into the early 30s before the weekend is up’ said Coral’s John Hill.
And Betway makes it 5/2 that June will be the hottest month of the year, with Chad Yeomans saying: ‘Summer has finally arrived with a heatwave heading for Brits this weekend.
‘The country is in for a treat with temperatures to push upwards of 30 degrees priced at 2/1. While the weather looks here to stay, with June to be the hottest month of the year priced at 5/2.’
But despite bookies offering odds on this being the hottest June ever, it is too early in the month to say whether we will see record-breaking average temperatures.
The Met Office’s Oli Claydon explained that the average maximum daytime temperature for June is 63.1F (17.3C), but that the first eight days of June 2021 have sat a couple of degrees higher than that at 67.5F (19.7C).
The record average maximum June temperature was set in 1940 at 68.9F (20.5C).
‘Currently we are not even in the top five hottest Junes on record,’ Mr Claydon said.
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