UK heatwave to last into the week with 26C highs as forecasters share end date

Brits will bake in warm weather throughout the week as sun-lovers continue to pack the nation's beaches.

Midday temperatures in the high teens and mid twenties made for a sizzling Saturday in some parts on Saturday (May 8) — but forecasters say the best is yet to come.

The mercury could even rocket up to 26C on the south coast of England, smashing the current record of 23C for 2022's hottest day.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “It’s likely we’ll see those warm and much warmer than average temperatures across the UK. Ultra-violet light levels will likely be high.”

However, tempreatures could fall back to the mid teens as the week draws to a close, marking an end to the heatwave.

Meteorologist Dan Stroud predicted Scotland and Northern Ireland would experience slightly cooler tempreatures than the rest of the UK, and said: "We're thinking at the moment we're going to see a legacy of cloud and outbreaks of rain clear in the south-east on Saturday morning and then brightening up from the north and the west.

"Some decent sunny spells and feeling rather warm in the sunshine across many areas of England and Wales. Temperatures a bit cooler further north, closer to the seasonal average in Northern Ireland and Scotland."

In the betting markets, a high street bookmaker now makes it just 5-4 that this May goes on to become the hottest since records began in the UK.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We go just 5-4 now on this May to be the warmest we have ever had in the UK, the odds tumbling at the same speed as temperatures are rising. It’s going to be a scorching couple of weeks”

“Hopes are now high for this summer to be a memorable one weather wise and we make it a 2-1 shot that the summer of 2022 enters the record books as the hottest we’ve ever enjoyed".

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