Met Office confirms 28C heat surge and lightning storm to arrive in days
UK Weather: MET Office predicts temperatures of up to 26 degrees
Britain is on the cusp of seeing thermometers sky-rocket to heatwave levels, the Met Office has confirmed. Whopping 28C highs may be reached in parts of south east England this weekend – and it’s all thanks to Storm Oscar, named by the Spanish government’s state meteorological agency, AEMET. While it’s set to increase humidity in Britain, it’s actually the cause of several alerts in Spain and the Canary Islands, with torrential downpours dominating this week.
The Met Office said: “Storm Oscar is currently bringing heavy rain to parts of the Canaries. This area of low pressure will move northwards, leading to a change with our weather this weekend.”
With the added heat comes the risk of thunderstorms, the Met Office added: “Increasing heat and humidity drawn up from the near continent will lead to heavy showers and thunderstorms.”
Jim Dale, senior meteorologist for British Weather Services told the Express that as much as hot weather may be expected this weekend, that the UK must also be aware of disruptive conditions too.
He said: “It’ll be both up and down. Overall far more rain than we’ve had (it couldn’t be less) but at the same time periods of very warm sometimes hot weather. In both cases no obvious over the top stuff – thundery deluges apart.”
Weather maps have started to glow dark orange and red as the first heat spike of the year is predicted. But the chances of such humidity lasting long enough to be officially classed as a heatwave remains unlikely at the moment.
Top temperatures of 28C need to remain for at least three consecutive days. By 3pm on Saturday, June 10 sporadic showers look set to hit, with stronger downpours hitting areas in Suffolk, Greater Manchester and Birmingham.
By 6pm on Sunday much of Britain will have seen downpours amid the heat surge.
Models are suggesting that Storm Oscar will have peaked by the middle of this week, with the UK set to reel from its humidity at least two days later.
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Will El Niño give us a summer heatwave?
Forecasters have been monitoring the notorious El Niño climate pattern developing later this year, which sees the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean heat up. This, in turn, can cause temperatures to increase across the globe.
The chances of it peaking in the height of this summer are around 40 percent, with a stronger likelihood of it ramping up summer 2024.
The Met Office blog added: “With the waters warming in the tropical Pacific Ocean there is consensus an El Niño will develop later this year. However, while fundamentally important globally, the impacts of El Niño on UK summer conditions are modest.”
But there are fears, especially after 40C highs were met in the UK last July, that this could heat Britain up further as and when its effects are felt.
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The Met Office added that this year, such highs are not expected, but that hot days are. It says: “Like in every year the chance of temperatures reaching 40C in the UK is very low and our forecasts suggest this is still the case for the coming summer.
“However, with an increased chance of above average temperatures we are likely to see some very hot days this summer with heatwaves and hot weather impacts are possible.”
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