Weather in UK: Hottest day of year set to arrive this weekend as Euro 2020 fever sets in | UK News
The UK is set to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far this weekend – just as football fever bites with the start of Euro 2020.
Temperatures could reach a new high of 30 ° C (86 ° F) in 2021 in parts of the southeast by Sunday afternoon, just in time for England’s first game of the tournament against Croatia in Wembley.
That would make June 13 the hottest on record and surpass the hottest day of the year so far, when the mercury rose to 28.3 ° C (83 ° F) in Northolt, north London, on June 2.
Parts of the UK will be warmer than popular holiday destinations such as Ibiza, Mykonos and California due to a “jet stream” coming in from the south – and just as well given that neither of these places is currently on the government’s green list for foreigners travel.
Temperatures will also be warm on Saturday for England, Wales and most of Scotland, through the mid-1920s in parts of the day, the Met Office said.
This means Wales fans should be able to get their barbecues out for their team’s first Euro 2020 game against Switzerland in the afternoon, as it could be as hot as 21C (69.8F).
“Large parts of the UK will experience beautiful weather this weekend due to an area of high pressure moving across the country, ”said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna.
“I’m afraid Saturday will not be easy for everyone, as parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland will see clouds and a few showers, but elsewhere it will be a lot of sun.
“Many places will experience highs of 25C (77F) on Saturday after a cooler start to the day.”
Regarding Sunday, Mr Petagna said: “It will certainly be the hottest of two days for many in the UK.”
He said the good conditions were due to “a high pressure jet stream coming from the southwest, bringing with it sunshine and hot, dry temperatures.”
This prompted the AA to warn parents and pet owners of the dangers of leaving children or pets in locked cars, saying a dog becomes vulnerable to heat in less than half an hour.
Although Wembley has hosted all of England’s group matches this month, the stadium will only be at 25% capacity due to COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions.
But the tournament will be shown in pubs across the UK with social distancing measures in place – with the hot weather potentially triggering scenes similar to the 2018 World Cup when England reached the semi-finals.
Fans will also be able to watch the matches in dedicated “fan zones” – public events organized by the host cities.
The official UEFA fan zone in England is in Trafalgar Square in London, open to key workers for the first two group matches before tickets are allocated through a voting system.