Met Office issues scorching 23C temperatures as Brits set to bask in heatwave

The Met Office have confirmed that Brits could see highs of 23C in the coming days as there is “plenty of sunshine” on the way.

Thermometers will rocket this weekend, with weather charts showing ground temperatures touching up to the mid-twenties in the following days.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “After it turns a little bit cooler towards the end of the week, the hot weather will arrive at the weekend.

“The peak of this mini heatwave, which will get going during the latter part of the weekend, should be around until Tuesday or Wednesday.

“It will be driven by warm air being drawn into the country around an Azores High-pressure system from the Continent.”

It comes as a North African blast makes its way towards Blighty which could also result in the hottest May temperature on record.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “A bright, dry day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures feeling warm.

“High pressure builds over the UK with sunny spells over most of the country and later this high will start to pull up warmer air which is a sign of things to come next week.”

It comes amid early predictions this summer could be shaping up to be one of the hottest on record.

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According to some independent forecasts, Britain could be in the firing line for five heatwaves over the next four months.

Meteorologists at the Met Office say: “Towards the second weekend, this unsettled weather over the west may spread further eastwards, generally bringing more changeable conditions for most.

“Temperatures will be widely warm or very warm for most through this period, perhaps locally hot in the south and southeast.”

Looking ahead from May 15 to May 25, meteorologists believe the mercury will continue to bring warm conditions.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “Next week may see temperatures reach perhaps the mid-twenties Celsius in the south as the high eventually shifts east and settles over eastern Europe, drawing a very warm deep southerly flow across the UK.

“Peak temperatures could be Wednesday and Thursday but with the warmth is likely to be rising humidity and instability, with a risk of thundery showers spreading north at times.”

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