Temperatures could reach the mid-30s in parts of Britain this week as forecasters said Britain should prepare for its “first properly hot summer day”.
The coming months will also bring heat waves, which the Meteorological Department has already warned. the more likely Climate change and CO due to high concentrations of2 in the environment.
“Not much has come in the way of exceptionally hot days or hot days so far this year, but that is set to change,” said Steven Keats of the Met Office.
“We are set to see perhaps a brief bout of warm weather this coming weekend.”
The Met Office said temperatures in south-east England could reach 32C (89.6F) on Friday, but could also reach the mid-thirties.
This would make the region warmer than the Canary Islands, Portugal, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cyprus.
It would also mean that at some point later in the week the country would get the hottest day of the year so far. last was the hottest 27.5C (81.5F) Heathrow . recorded on on 17 May.
Keats said we should beat the record “comfortably on Friday,” but could be close to or exceed it on Wednesday or Thursday.
He also warned that the country could face a heatwave between June and mid-September.
A heatwave is defined by the Met Office as “at least three consecutive days with the daily maximum temperature meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature limit”. This limit varies by county.
“We think it will be warmer than average at this time and with an increased likelihood of a heatwave,” Keats said.
“There hasn’t been a heatwave so far this year… more likely it’s further south, southeast, you.”
In March, the Met Office updated its heatwave thresholds due to the impact of the warmer climate. The Met Office said eight counties from Surrey to East Yorkshire had been changed to reflect “an undeniable warming trend for the UK”.
Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Center, said: “Although heat waves are extreme weather events, research shows that climate change is making these events more likely.
“A scientific study conducted by the Met Office in the UK in the summer of 2018 showed that the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 30 times higher than in 1750.”
The NHS Warm Weather Advisory recommends that people stay out of the sun, stay hydrated, use sunscreen and wear loose-fitting clothing between 11am and 3pm.