UK weather forecast: Map shows red-hot 80F European air hit before brutal lightning storms

BBC Weather: UK set for 'sunnier skies' and dry conditions

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According to the latest chart from Netweather, which shows red-hot heat sweeping across the southeast of the UK, the nation could see temperatures between 25C and 27C over the weekend as the warm and humid air is pulled up from the south. The chart shows the nation layered with dark red and orange colours as the heat from southern Europe slowly makes its way northwest. 

According to the chart, southeast of England is expected to see the highest temperatures, with London possibly experiencing a mini heatwave this weekend and towards the end of the month.

BBC Weather forecasters have said the capital could see temperatures of up to 23C just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

According to the Met Office’s long forecast for August, “temperatures are most likely to remain close to, or above average, with warm spells likely at times” towards the end of the month.

But, the UK will also see some heavy rain this weekend.

The Netweather forecast said: “Low pressures kept influencing the UK weather for the end of this week.

“Frontal rain and more cloud from the west and as a low centre moves right over Britain by Sunday there will be heavy, even thundery downpours.”

However, with the Atlantic hurricane season intensifying over the last few days and affecting the weather models, the forecasters cannot predict which parts of the UK will get the heaviest rain and storms.

The Netweather forecast added there is some confusion “around the detail of where the heaviest rain will be this coming weekend and where the high pressure for the Bank Holiday weekend will park itself”.

As for today, most parts of the UK can expect a fair amount of cloud with a few breaks for eastern England with glimpses of sunshine.

Showers could drift eastwards over southwest Britain as a weak frontal system edges in.

This is likely to bring clusters of heavier showers over North Wales, which will then move eastwards towards the Humber throughout the day.

The Convective Forecast for August 19 identifies the risk of “a few thunderstorms breaking out in these areas”.

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Netweather added: “A weak cold front has already edged down over northern Scotland, and this still brings more cloud and a little patchy rain, but it will feel cooler behind this.

“In the brighter spells for East Anglia, Kent and up through Lincolnshire temperatures will tip into the low 20sC with a light westerly breeze.

“Temperatures will fall down into single figures for inland Scotland tonight, so a coolness for the start of Friday here.”

It continued: “The next low pressure begins to throw its weather fronts over Ireland during Friday morning with some heavier bursts.

“The southerly wind picks up and ahead of the frontal rain and cloud it will feel warmer through Britain. More areas in the high teens and low 20Cs.”

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