Temperatures surge to 21C with October warmth set to break UK records
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Temperatures will soar to at least 21C in parts of the country on Friday, as the UK experiences a late Indian Summer. The latest BBC forecast shows temperatures “well above the average” at this stage of October. BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor told BBC Breakfast viewers that temperatures are “close to the warmest October morning on record in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland right now”.
Earlier this morning, Mr Taylor tweeted: “Feeling near tropical out there for many this morning.
“With a temperature close to 17C in Edinburgh right now it’s one of Scotland’s warmest October mornings on record.”
He told Breakfast viewers: “Let’s talk about how warm it is out there at the moment.
“It is close to the warmest October morning on record in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland right now.”
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The BBC weather presenter continued: “Temperatures should be around 6C to 9C at this stage, but temperatures are well above it as you can see.
“However, it is not a dry start for some.”
“Heavy and extensive” rain will break out across Northern Ireland and Scotland this morning.
He added: “It is a much drier start for England and Wales, but it could be quite misty and murky for some.
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“A lot more sunshine across England and Wales compared to yesterday.
“Afternoon temperatures today are high teens if not low-20s.”
Mr Taylor noted that the rain will persist on Saturday while Sunday “will be brighter but turning cooler”.
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The sub-tropical blast of warmth could make the UK hotter than both Istanbul and Rome.
This comes after torrential downpours and flash floods wreaked havoc across the country earlier this week.
Temperatures are expected to drop at the start of next week, with highs of just 13C.
Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Service, explained the warm weather: “The remains of Hurricane Sam will veer towards Iceland as it moves across the Atlantic, this will mean it will miss the UK but pull warm air in from the south.
“As we are now in October, we can call this an Indian Summer.
“This could last through the week or possibly longer into the mid-month when we expect to see a return to something more usual for the time of year.”
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