...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
UK Braces for Hottest Day of the Year Amid Record Temperatures in Europe
The UK is preparing for its hottest day of the year, with temperatures of up to 21C expected.
Meanwhile, Europe is currently experiencing record-breaking conditions, with Spain and Portugal reporting record-breaking temperatures for April.
Last week, a temperature of 38.8C was recorded in Spain’s Cordoba, beating the previous record of 38.6C in Elche.
In Portugal, the temperature reached 36.9C, breaking the record of 36C set in 1945.
May 17 Expected to Be the Hottest Day This Month
New long-range weather maps suggest that May 17 could be the hottest day in the UK this month, with temperatures reaching up to 21C.
The weather is expected to improve over the coming days, with occasional spells of higher pressure in the later part of the month.
Met Office Forecast for the Upcoming Bank Holiday Weekend
According to the Met Office, the upcoming bank holiday weekend will be a mix of “brighter conditions and showers”, with temperatures “above average”.
The deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Chris Almond, said, “By Friday temperatures will have increased so that we will see values around 18-21C across parts of the UK”.
On Saturday, showers will tend to be heaviest and most frequent in the west, while on Sunday, most locations can expect to see at least some showers.
On the bank holiday Monday, the focus for showers is more likely to be the east, with drier conditions elsewhere.
According to Netweather, this month is looking warmer than average, with a brief early hot spell expected later in the month.
The rainfall is expected to be around average overall, with a chance of wetter conditions in the northwest and drier weather in the southeast.
The Met Office has suggested that 2023 will be the 10th successive year that temperatures have reached at least 1C above pre-industrial levels.