BBC Weather: Temperatures set to soar across Europe
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Heavy downpours of rain and thunderstorms have lashed the nation over the past week, with the Met Office warning more torrential weather is set to come over the next few days. But temperatures could soar at the weekend as the latest heat maps from Netweather show 23C (73F) baking Leeds in North Yorkshire on Saturday, July 10. A day later, many eastern regions of England appear to be hit with 22C, including Kent, Norwich and Scarborough.
Elsewhere, London, Peterborough and Luton are shown to have highs of 21C on the same day.
The news will be welcomed by those watching the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, where beer gardens could be packed out if England makes it to the final.
BBC Weather’s long-range forecast between Sunday, July 11, and Sunday, July 18, predicted potential high pressure in the Atlantic pushing warmer air towards the UK at the weekend and into next week.
The forecast said: “Our best chances for warmer weather will be if the winds shift out of the southwest or south.
“There’s little support for southerly winds through mid-July, but south-westerly winds are possible if high pressure builds into Germany.
“The main risk to the forecast is that high pressure in the Atlantic may build stronger into northern Europe than we expect.
“This would be a drier pattern for southern and eastern areas although wetter weather would still be possible in the west and north.
“Temperatures would also be a little warmer, rising slightly above average especially for southern areas.
“Our shorter-range computer models are showing good support for this, but they have been tending to overestimate the extent of high pressure in Europe, so caution is needed.
“There is perhaps a 30 percent chance of this pattern developing instead.”
The Met Office added Sunday should see temperatures hitting “above average” levels.
The forecast between Sunday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 20, said: “It is most likely turning increasingly settled with a good deal of dry weather, variable cloud and spells of sunshine.
“For the remainder of this period, there is a chance of warmer and drier than average conditions overall.
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“The occasional spell of rain and unsettled weather are still possible, particularly over northwestern areas.
“However, most of the UK could see fine and dry conditions with slight showers at times for some.
“Temperatures are likely to be around average in the northwest and above average elsewhere, whilst south and southeastern areas could see conditions feeling very warm.”
But before the hot weather arrives, Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said heavy showers are likely to last in northeast and southwestern corners of England this week.
She added that up to 50mm of rain has been predicted in North Yorkshire on Wednesday.
Ms Shuttleworth said: “It’s quite a messy picture – there’s a lot of rain going on. We are seeing generally unsettled conditions across the whole of the UK with heavy showers in the South and South East.
“On Wednesday morning we will see clouds break out and heavy showers, many across the South East through the mid-morning onwards.
“By early evening showers will start to die away. The sunnier and drier spells will be much more likely by 8pm – though there is still a risk of rain.”
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