June maps show hints of blistering Azores heat beaming over Britain

Weekend weather for 20/21 May: Warm days, cool nights

Long-range weather forecasts show the days Britain finally looks set to get its first hot snap of the year. Forecasters are predicting “sunnier than average” weather as temperatures are likely to be “above normal” for much of the UK. 

Looking ahead to the end of the month and into early June, Netweather is predicting “high pressure” coming in from the Azores in Portugal. 

The forecast for Monday, May 29 to Sunday, June 4 said: “This means that the period is somewhat likely to be mainly dry, sunny and warm for Scotland and also Northern Ireland, and in north-west England.

“Cloudier, cooler weather is likely to affect eastern England at times due to low cloud coming in off the North Sea, and we may see a trend towards wetter weather pushing into southern areas more frequently, as low pressure to the south starts to play a stronger role.

“Thus, it is again likely to be drier than average, except potentially in southern England, and also sunnier than average except in eastern and southern England. “

Looking at temperatures, the forecaster said they are “likely to continue generally above normal” with the possibility of “positive anomalies of around 2C away from the east of England”. 

The Met Office shows a similar outlook with high pressure being “dominate over most of the UK”.

The forecaster added: “During the second half of this period, high pressure is expected to continue to lie across much of the UK. This is likely to extend over the southwest and northeast of the country bringing a return to more settled weather.

“This will bring a good deal of fine and dry weather for the majority of areas.”

Further into June, the Met Office is predicting “largely fine conditions” for most of the month. However, in the south, there is the possibility of an “increased risk of rain and showers”. 

The forecaster said:  “Temperatures are likely to remain a little above normal for this time of year; however, the far southeast of England may be closer to average.”

Looking to the Spring Bank Holiday next week we could see highs of 23C.

Meteorologist Jim Dale said “a heatwave of some description is overdue” as temperatures in the UK rise over the coming weeks. 

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Weather maps show the warmest temperatures on Monday, May 29 meaning Brits could enjoy the final May Bank Holiday outside, after a drizzly Coronation weekend. 

However, it might not quite be a heatwave as temperatures have to reach a minimum of 25C for at least three consecutive days to qualify. 

WXCHARTS maps show an early indication of high pressure hitting the UK from the east on June 3, but exactly how hot temperatures will get remains to be seen. 

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