BBC Weather: Europe forecast sweltering temperatures
May has started on a freezing note with snow hitting northern regions after temperatures plunged to a bitterly cold 2C yesterday. But the wintry conditions could soon be blasted away as a high pressure system is forecast to send temperatures soaring from next week. Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, shared maps showing shades of red and orange hot air swirling across Northern Europe and heading towards south east England on Tuesday, May 11.
The maps also suggested temperatures of 20C could sweep over northern and western regions of Europe on the same day, potentially sending the hot air towards Britain too.
He wrote on Twitter: “Impressive air mass temperature gradient west to east.
“More than 20C over about 300 miles.”
Mr Gaze explained weather conditions in the UK are likely to change next week following a cold start to May, as high pressure arrives.
UK hot weather forecast: High pressure is set to arrive in the UK
He told Express.co.uk: “Things become more uncertain as we head through next week.
“After a chilly and showery start there are signs of high pressure beginning to have more influence.
“However, it’s not looking particularly warm or settled, although in much of the country it may be an improvement on the current conditions!”
Britain could sizzle from Sunday, May 9, as the latest temperatures models from WXCHARTS show highs of 18C hitting London, Norwich and Kent in the south east of England.
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UK hot weather forecast: Maps show hot air pushing towards the UK from Europe
Further north in Lincoln and Nottingham, temperatures could hit 17C, while Cumbria in the north west and Newcastle and the Yorkshire Dales in the north east are slightly cooler at 12C.
A couple of days later on Tuesday, May 11, temperatures could hit double digits as the European warm air brings highs of 14C in the south east.
The BBC’s weather forecast for next week also predicted temperatures rising next week due to high pressure sweeping into the UK.
The forecast between Monday, May 10 and Sunday, May 16, said: “The second full week of May should begin to bring about a gradual change in the weather.
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UK hot weather forecast: A scorching European system is shown heading for the UK
“High pressure is not expected to stay away to the south for long, and we should see it begin to build back in from the southwest.
“The southern half of the country should trend drier through the week.
“As the high builds in from the south, northwest or north winds will develop on the northern edge of it, and this will continue to feed a polar air mass into the UK.
“Temperatures will still be below normal for the time of year, continuing from a very cold April.
UK hot weather forecast: The European plume is set to send temperatures nudging 20C
“However, as the high gets a bit closer to us the northerly winds will shift and weaken, and the polar air will instead be sent into Scandinavia, where we anticipate a low pressure system to be brewing.
“This will allow temperatures to moderate and drift nearer to normal, but probably not above average.”
The Met Office added the south east is expected to see “warmer conditions” next week.
The forecast between Sunday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 18, said: Temperatures nearer average, with a chance of warmer conditions in the south east.
UK hot weather forecast: Charts show the south east bearing the brunt of the European system
“Further spells of rain, showers and fresh winds mainly for the north, with some hill snow in the far north through early next week.
“After that, remaining unsettled for the rest of the period with showers, longer spells of rain and strong winds.
“Temperatures likely to dip back below average, or remain close to.”