The Met Office’s official verdict on the heatwave as temperatures began to soar

Bristol and the South West basked in summer temperatures last week, but a band of heavy rain put an abrupt end to dreams of an early summer heatwave ending on Monday. While temperatures should remain in the low teens for a while, there could be a chance of a warm spell on the horizon.

The Mirror reports that forecasters at WXCharts are predicting a slow climb into the 20s to mid-20s by the end of next week (Thursday 23 May). Similar temperatures could be seen across the Midlands and North East England, with Yorkshire potentially reaching highs of 22C.

London is also set to peak at 22C, while Northern Ireland could see highs of 23C. The forecast suggests that the hot weather, originating in North Africa, will continue into next weekend, bringing plenty of sunshine.

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A yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued yesterday, ending the warm weather we had last week. But the weather is starting to look up as weather maps show a burst of warm air moving in from Africa.

The Met Office’s long-term forecast suggests the UK will continue to feel warm throughout this week, despite an increase in rainfall. Showers and heavier rain are expected to be a common feature in many areas.

Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond, the Met Office is predicting changeable weather with a mix of sun and showers and temperatures closer to the seasonal average.

Weather map for Thursday, May 23(Image: WXCharts)

However, the Met Office’s long-term forecast for late May to June suggests there could be a chance of “above average” temperatures. It said: “There is a slightly higher likelihood of above-average temperatures compared to below-average temperatures, so the chance of hot spells, although still very small, is slightly higher than normal.”