Leeds brace for a three-day mini heat wave this weekend as temperatures soar
A period of high pressure means most areas will meet the Met Office’s definition of a heat wave – defined as three days above a particular temperature threshold.
The sun is expected to stick around for the remainder of the month, with only the northwestern parts due to some wind and rain towards the end of next week.
In Leeds, temperatures will remain around 22 ° C but it will be sunny and sunny all day.
Things started to heat up on Sunday with temperatures hitting 25C by 1pm – just in time for England’s first game of the Euro.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: ‘There is a definition of what a heat wave is – it is at least three consecutive days of maximum temperatures reaching or exceeding a temperature threshold. .
“It’s above 28C (82.4F) for London and much of the southeast, it’s 27C (80.6F) for the Midlands and going southwest its 26C (78.8F).
“In Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Devon and Cornwall and the North East it’s 25C (77F) – so it’s a sliding scale depending on where you are. , but we have not yet reached that maximum threshold. “
But the weekend is expected to be scorching, with the mercury potentially swinging by 30 ° C (86 ° F) in parts of the southeast by early next week.
Mr Claydon said: “But by the start of the weekend and next week we could start meeting those criteria, on Sunday we could see 28C (82.4F) or 29C (84.2F).
“This is expected to continue into next week, which is outside of our detailed forecast, but the indication is that the installed warm weather is expected to continue.”
Mr Claydon continued: “In addition to the 28C / 29C (82.4F / 84.2F) expected in London and the South East, elsewhere in places like Nottingham will potentially meet heatwave criteria with a forecast of 27C ( 80.6F).
“Various other places are also expected to reach the heatwave threshold. “
He added: “There is a chance that we will be approaching 30C (86F) early next week.”
If you can’t get out this weekend, it looks like there will still be plenty of time to work on your tan, with at least a few more weeks of sun on the way, according to data from the Met Office.
“The high pressure theme is expected to continue throughout June, although we may see some forays of choppy weather into the North West of the UK, including wet and windy weather in Scotland,” Mr Claydon said.
“The general theme is that the high pressure will bring more stable conditions across the UK.”
The weather could change in early July, but nothing concrete is planned, Claydon said.
“There are very early signs that the high pressure could start to collapse at the end of the month, but we are still a long way off,” Claydon said.
While bookies are giving the odds that this June will be the hottest month ever, it’s too early in the month to tell if we’ll see record average temperatures.
Mr Claydon explained that the average maximum daytime temperature for June is 17.3 ° C (63.1 ° F), but the first eight days of June 2021 were a few degrees warmer than 19.7 ° F. C (67.5 ° F).
The record average maximum temperature for June was set in 1940 at 20.5 ° C (68.9 ° F).
“Right now we’re not even in the top five hottest June on record,” Claydon said.