Summer starts here: UK set to bake in temperatures over 30C after Spanish heatwave

12 June 2022, 12:31

Brits in London and the South East could see temperatures over 30C
Brits in London and the South East could see temperatures over 30C. Picture: Alamy

By Will Taylor

Parts of the UK could be baking in 30C heat by the end of the week.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

London and the South East of England could push past the record temperature so far this year, which was 27.C at Heathrow on May 17.

Those parts will be caught up in a heatwave that's heading up from Africa via Spain, which has been sweltering in temperatures that are forecast to reach as high as 43C.

Those regions will see the hottest weather because of high pressure which is not extending across all of the UK, meaning northern areas will see cooler but more gradual increases in temperature.

Jonathan Vautrey, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said there is a "lot of sunshine around to help to keep things feeling pretty warm" in the south.

Read more: Gale force winds and heavy showers set to pummel UK as tropical Storm Alex remnants arrive

"If we take a look further north-west though it is quite a different story, so western areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland are much cloudier today and we are actually seeing some very unseasonably strong winds, so we have seen gales across north-west Scotland, the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides and places like that with rain coming through as well, so temperatures here are struggling a bit more," he added.

"It is the eastern side of Scotland that has sort of been pushing towards the high teens mark in terms of their temperature, just seeing a few more drier and and brighter spells."

London could swelter in 30C heat
London could swelter in 30C heat. Picture: Alamy

Speaking in the wake of ex-tropical Storm Alex, which the Met Office had warned could see strong winds and showers, especially in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mr Vautrey said: "We will sort of continue slightly with this north/west south/east split into next week as well, so we have high pressure building into the south which will allow things to stay relatively settled.

"At the moment, [it] doesn't properly extend its influence across the entirety of the UK and that's allowing low pressure and frontal systems to just fringe into north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland as well into the start of next week, so they can expect some spells of rain and showers at times.

Read more: 'Thunder fever' warning as remnants of tropical Storm Alex arrive ahead of summer heatwave

"As we move into the end of the week, that's when we are starting to pick up the signal for the potential for some significant heat to come up from the south."

There is still some certainty given the end of the week is still "a fair way off", he added, but he said "there is a signal in that the heat we have currently got over Spain - I believe they are experiencing rather high temperatures at the moment - could edge its way northwards to south-eastern areas of the UK, at least for the end of the week".

Temperatures over 30C will drive Brits to the beach
Temperatures over 30C will drive Brits to the beach. Picture: Alamy

He went on: "So at the moment, the model wants to take us up to mid-20s by the middle of the week and then potentially into low 30s for Friday, which would be the warmest conditions we have seen over the course of this year so far."

Spain's heatwave saw a forecast high of 43C for Seville, Cordoba and Badajoz in the south, with the hottest areas due to be in the south west and centre of the country.

Madrid could reach 38C after a mass of hot air travelled up from Africa. That would be well above the capital's average for this time of year.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Footage shared with LBC shows alleged fireworks celebrating the Iranian president's death.

Fireworks and dancing as Iranians celebrate President Raisi’s death following helicopter crash

Police chiefs have been told to arrest fewer people due to a shortage of space for prisoners across England and Wales.

Police chiefs told to arrest fewer people to save space in overcrowded prisons

Donald Trump

Trump campaign says it will begin accepting cryptocurrency contributions

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani pleads not guilty in Arizona election interference case

Prince Harry 'turned down the King's invitation to stay at a royal residence'.

Prince Harry ‘turned down King’s offer to stay in royal residence’ during UK trip because it ‘didn't come with security'

A screenshot taken from AP video showing a general view of northern Gaza as seen from southern Israel, before it was seized by Israeli officials

Israel says it will return video equipment seized from news organisation AP

Craig Mackinlay has said he wants to be known as the first 'bionic MP' after losing both his arms and legs to sepsis.

‘I’m the bionic MP’: Craig Mackinlay says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ as he reveals he lost both feet and hands to sepsis

Former US president Donald Trump sits in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York

Defence rests without Donald Trump entering witness box in hush money trial

A veterinarian feeds a young howler monkey rescued amid extremely high temperatures in Tecolutilla, Tabasco state, Mexico

Howler monkeys ‘falling out of the trees like apples’ in sweltering Mexico

Mobile coverage is being expanded across the network.

Full list of London Underground stations to receive phone signal this summer - is yours listed?

Prince William hosted a garden party on behalf of his father King Charles

Prince William hosts rain-soaked Buckingham Palace garden party in absence of King Charles

Jan A P Kaczmarek poses with the Oscar for best original score for his work on Finding Neverland during the 77th Academy Awards in February 2005 in Los Angeles

Composer Jan A P Kaczmarek, Oscar winner for Finding Neverland, dies aged 71

Lawbreaking from the extreme-left is just as bad from the extreme-right, Robin Simcox has told LBC.

Lawbreaking by Just Stop Oil is as bad as similar acts by extreme-right, Commissioner for Countering Extremism says

Fred Roos

Fred Roos, Godfather Part II producer and longtime Coppola collaborator, dies

Matthew Trickett, 37, who was on bail after appearing in court accused of assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service

Former Royal Marine charged with spying for China on Hong Kong activists found dead in park in 'unexplained death'

Smokes rise to the sky after explosions in the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel

UN halts food distribution in Rafah due to lack of supplies and insecurity