UK weather: Sunshine and mild temperatures forecast by Met Office

The Met Office has said a hot spell will continue into next week, with top temperatures of 25C expected. This is caused by a high pressure system which is dominating, and will continue to do so until at least the start of June. Even the threat of damp and drizzly weather will “quickly dissolve”, the forecaster said, with strong UV rays set to take hold.

Speaking to, Oli Claydon, a Met Office spokesman, said: “High pressure will continue to dominate the UK weather through this week and the current signal is for this to continue through next week too.

“This means lots of settled weather for many, with dry sunny conditions. There will be spells of cloud and light rain at times in the north west as weak fronts move in but they will quickly dissolve.

“Temperatures will gradually rise through the week, with an expected high of 24C, possibly 25C, by Thursday.”

The highs are expected to dominate the western parts of the nation, with East Wales, the West Midlands and South West England tipped to get the strongest thermometer readings.

Is your local area included?

The towns, cities and local authority areas set to see the top temperatures are: 

East Wales

  • Bridgend
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • The Vale of Glamorgan

West Midlands

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Hereford
  • Lichfield
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Wolverhampton
  • Worcester

South West

  • Bath
  • Bristol
  • Bournemouth
  • Cheltenham
  • Exeter
  • Gloucester
  • Plymouth
  • Swindon

Is this the UK’s first heatwave of the year?

It’s certainly the country’s first hot spell of the year, but the current forecasts show the mercury will not soar enough to warrant a full on heatwave.

The Met Office says the heatwave threshold is met when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures.

This threshold varies from county to county – with London and suburbian areas having to hit 28C for three days before a heatwave can be officially declared.

In these circumstances it is likely for the Met Office and UKHSA to issue an extreme heat warning, which foresees the potential impacts of extreme heat to protect lives – and to help people’s decision making with the hot weather in mind. 

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Met Office five day forecast


Rather cloudy across Scotland with a little light rain or drizzle in the west. Otherwise it will be a dry day with sunny spells, a little cooler than on Monday.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Remaining largely settled this week with further warm sunny spells. Cloudier in the northwest on Wednesday with patchy rain. Chilly overnight with some fog patches but these clearing by day.

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