Britain will be hotter than the Sahara desert this week as the country sizzles in the first of up to EIGHT heatwaves predicted this summer.
A 10-day ‘Spanish blowtorch’ heatwave will send the mercury soaring to 33C from Wednesday – making it potentially the hottest day of the year so far.
Temperatures will begin to rise from Tuesday after an already baking weekend saw millions flock to beaches and beer gardens up and down the country.
Scores of people were out enjoying the sunshine as they watched England beat Panama 6-1 in the World Cup – and it looks like it’ll be hotting up even further as England makes its way to the knock-out stages.
After a marvellous Midsummer’s Day at 27C, the Met Office forecast 30C by Tuesday and up to 33C on Wednesday and Thursday.
Up to eight summer roasts are now predicted ahead – with each spell reaching at least 28C, according to AccuWeather, the world’s second biggest commercial forecaster.
Britain will be matching Nouakchott, Mauritania on the edge of the Sahara Desert, by the middle of the week, where temperaturesare set to be around 31C on Wednesday.
The hottest day so far this year came in April when a temperature of 29.1C was recorded in London.
Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said We would expect at some point this week to beat that.
We are going to continue with the dry and sunny weather for most places. Top temperatures are going to be on the rise.
We could see temperatures into the low 30s some time this week, possibly from Tuesday, but more likely from Wednesday.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said A blowtorch feed of hot air will come from Spain.
Mr Gaze also said It’s a marvellous Midsummer’s Day for most of Britain.
Computer models show 35C isn’t out of the question from midweek as temperatures continue to rise amid a Spanish plume of warm air.
While its good news for those who enjoy the warm, dry weather, high UV levels mean sun cream is a must for those spending time outside, and gardeners will have to make sure they water their plants.
Hay fever sufferers are also in for a difficult time, with pollen levels expected to remain very high.
Ms Yeomans added The pollen levels are going to be very high right throughout the week, with grass pollen the main allergen there, so for hay fever sufferers it’s bad news.
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