Now enjoy a taste of summer…but mini-heatwave is set to go out with a bang! Britons will enjoy balmy 25C heat thanks to African plume sweeping across UK before thunderstorms hit over weekend
- By tomorrow, London and the south will reach highs of 23C as the sun returns after the wet weather this week
- The Met Office said parts of England could see weather in the mid-20Cs but warns of likely thunderstorms
- Forecasters put the sunnier weekend down to a hot weather plume from North African sweeping across UK
Britons set to enjoy 25C at the weekend thanks to an African plume sweeping across UK before thunderstorms hit over weekend, forecasters say.
The Met Office said parts of England could see weather in its mid-20Cs but has also warned that the end of the wet weather seen during the week is not over.
Forecasters put the sunnier weekend down to a hot weather plume from North Africa which is sweeping hot and dry air across Britain.
But with this balmy weather also brings the danger of thunderstorms – which rely on moisture and warm – as it causes heat to build up.
The national weather service has also said there are high pollen counts today that will cause many to sneeze and sniffle as they enjoy the warm weather.
The Met Office said parts of England could see weather in its mid-20Cs but has also warned that the end of the wet weather seen during the week is not over. Pictured: Riders today in Wimbledon Common
Britons set to enjoy 25C at the weekend thanks to an African plume sweeping across UK before thunderstorms hit over weekend, forecasters say. Pictured: People enjoy the sculptures, sunshine and picturesque surrounds at The Odney Club in Cookham, Berkshire
Pollen counts reached their highest levels of the year so far this week, with hayfever sufferers across the UK left sneezing and rubbing their eyes.
But things could get even worse for those Britons who have the condition as grass pollen – which affects 95 per cent of sufferers – reaches its peak.
Up to 20million people are expected to be affected this summer by the more than 150 species of grass in the UK.
Pollen levels will be very high in central England today, high in other parts of England and moderate to low in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Up to 30 per cent of adults and around 40 per cent of children suffer from hay fever, according to Allergy UK.
Those who suffer with the condition are advised to avoid alcohol, wear sunglasses outside, close windows, change clothing regularly and shower to remove pollen from hair and skin.
Today, there were decent spells of sunshine in the morning and there will be bright spells the rest of the day, the Met Office has said.
And some scattered light showers in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of 18C in London and the southeast.
While Scotland and the north will reach highs of 16C and have a few evening showers particularly across the Peak District.
Friday will be a lot hotter and brighter as the weekend gets off to the right start. It will be a bright day with plenty of sunshine and maximum temperature of 23C.
It will also be a windy start to the day that will ease by the end while the outlook for Saturday is similar with a risk of some heavy showers into Sunday.
The national weather service explained for the UK that today: ‘Most areas dry with sunny spells and cloud bubbling up through the day, probably sunniest in the southeast.
‘Northern Ireland and much of Scotland breezy and cloudier with some showery rain at times.’
While Friday will be: ‘Dry and fine in south with hazy sunshine for most. Very warm in southeast. Cloudier in north with occasional rain across northern and western Scotland, though eastern areas staying dry.
‘Mainly fine and warm [at the weekend], locally very warm, with sunny spells. A few showers in the far north Saturday, then showers or rain, some heavy, in the south Sunday or Monday.’
BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker said: ‘Thursday into Friday the high pressure starts to build in so this is where the warmer, sunnier weather is to the south of us.
‘We’ve got that more unsettled weather to the north again with hints of rain across parts of western Scotland. But whichever way you look at it, it is really starting to settle down by Friday with widespread sunny skies and temperatures of 20C in London.’
Another BBC meterteologist Nick Miller said: ‘It will be pleasantly warm [this weekend] especially when you get to see some sunshine, high pressure is close by but that is not the whole story.
‘Later Saturday, Saturday night, first thing Sunday there are some showers, some thunderstorms pushing up from the south and into parts of England and Wales, some of those come back Sunday night and into Monday morning.’
Today, there were decent spells of sunshine in the morning and there will be bright spells the rest of the day, the Met Office has said. Pictured: Jennifer Shulver with her son Edward, two, admire the spectacular display of wisteria today which has burst into bloom this week hanging over the pergola in the Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
The sunrises over Coquet Island (pictured) today which sits 1.2 km off the Northumberland coast near Amble. The island at this time of year becomes home to over 35,000 sea birds including puffins and terns and home to a large amount of seals
UV levels (left) will still be moderate or high for much of the country while there are high levels of tree pollen, Met Office said, especially for England and Wales and some grass pollen in the south (on right)
And there will be some scattered light showers in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of 18C in London and the southeast. Pictured: A group of horse riders on a bright morning today on Wimbledon Common as temperatures are forecast to rise over the coming days in London
Friday will be a lot hotter and brighter as the weekend gets off to the right start. It will be a bright day with plenty of sunshine and maximum temperature of 23C. Pictured: People out in the woods in the early mornings sunshine in Clayfield Copse, Berkshire
There is also a warning of high pollen levels in the UK by the Met Office which could allergy sufferers to sneeze a lot more this week.
The forecaster explained: ‘Hay fever is the most common name for pollen allergy and is most commonly caused by grass pollens, although other pollens can also trigger the symptoms. The symptoms are caused when immune system reacts to pollen in the body to produce histamine and other chemicals.
‘Around two in every ten people have this allergy and it is thought that more than 10 million people in Britain suffer with hay fever.’
Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, said previously: ‘If you have asthma you should check pollen and air pollution forecasts in your local area, make sure you carry your reliever inhaler, and know what to do if your symptoms get worse.
‘If you also have hay fever it’s important to use a steroid nasal spray every day together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets as needed.’
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