UK weather forecast: Spanish plume sparks 33C heatwave – before Atlantic system strikes

According to BBC Weather, the UK can expect to see temperatures hitting up to 33C towards the end of the week as a heatwave spreads across the country from Spain and France. But a cooler forecast is expected by the weekend as a weather system barrels across much of the country from the Atlantic.

BBC Weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said: “A heatwave looms, love it or loathe it, temperatures will be hitting around 33C by the time we get to Thursday and Friday.

“As you might imagine, the hot air is coming in from the southern climates from Spain and France and will be spreading across the UK and into Scandinavia and a large chunk of Europe.

“You can see a big dome heat there developing over the next few days across the continent.

“But the thinking is by the time we get to the weekend, low pressure is going to swing in off the Atlantic and the fresher Atlantic winds will push the heat further away towards the heat so temperatures will come right down.”

The Met Office has issued a heat-health warning as UV levels are expected to be very high.

They said: “This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.”

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert, predicts Northern Ireland and Scotland will have a shorter heatwave compared to the rest of the UK.

He said: “By Thursday, Northern Ireland and Scotland will join the rest of the country in seeing a shorter-lived spell of warm and sunny weather, but we’re also seeing an increased risk of thunderstorms towards the end of the week which is expected to bring an end to the very warm and sunny weather.”

Although the heatwave is set to scorch the country this week, Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said most places will see the “fresher air coming” by the weekend.

He said: “By Saturday most places will be seeing the fresher air coming across for the weekend, so although it might still be humid at times I think generally temperatures will be falling below heatwave.”

As Britons enjoy new freedoms after lockdown measures have begun to ease, beaches and beauty spots are likely to be busier than normal.

The emergency services are urging people to follow the two-metre social distancing rule.

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The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has warned against starting fires in public places.The NFCC said: “The weather is forecast to improve and, although we’ve had our fair share of rain recently, the risk of wildfires remains.

“These fires are often preventable, so if you are enjoying the countryside please be wildfire-aware and look out for our advice.”

Caroline Abrahams, the director of Age UK, warned older people are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

She said: “Lockdown and shielding bring added complications as it can be harder to spot someone who may be getting into difficulties and in need of extra help.

“There are so many different ways to get in touch during the pandemic, whether it’s a note through the door, picking up the phone, or, for this online, messaging via social media or chatting by video message like FaceTime or Skype.

“The important thing is keeping in touch and to make sure older people are ok.”

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