Forecasters tip UK to hit 26C this week as new ‘hottest day of year’ looms

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    Weather forecasters reckon the UK could see the record for the hottest day of the year broken again this week.

    Sunday (May 28) saw the warmest temperature of 2023 recorded anywhere in the country, with Plymouth clocking in at 24.4C.

    All forecasters have warned that the end of this month and the start of June will see roasting temperatures. Some have even described it as a mini-heatwave.

    READ MORE: Britain to see sizzling temperatures for next two weeks after hottest day of year so far

    According to Netweather's Nick Finnis, an area of high pressure is expected to sustain this week meaning temperatures will remain warm.

    Specifically, he writes it will be "centred over Scotland or close to the northwest". He tipped Glasgow to be particularly toasty on Wednesday (May 31) when temperatures there could hit 26C.

    Finnis says: "With lighter winds across Scotland but a strong easterly or northeasterly breeze towards southern and eastern England, the highest temperatures this week will be in the west.

    "The ‘hot spot’ could be across the Central Belt, with a high of 25-26C for Glasgow possibly on the cards on Wednesday, making the warmest temperature of the year so far."

    For Tuesday (May 30) Finnis expects temperatures to be cooler in the east of the UK where cloud will likely linger.

    He writes London could hit 20C, Cardiff and Liverpool 22C, and Glasgow 24C. In contrast, Norwich will be 14C.

    On Wednesday, away from the 26C scorcher in Glasgow, Finnis says elsewhere in the west and south should be around 20C to 22C. The east coast will be around 16C to 17C.

    The Met Office forecast reads similarly. For Tuesday it says: "Cloudy in the far north and across parts of eastern England, otherwise another fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine. Warm in the west, but cool where cloud persists."

    And for Wednesday to Friday (June 2): "The fine spell continuing throughout the period with plenty of sunshine around. Highest temperatures always in the west with eastern areas maintaining the cool breeze off the North Sea."

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