Brighter days are ahead! Blast of tropical air heads to Britain igniting hopes of an Indian summer with temperatures to hit 77F by the end of the week
A blast of tropical air is heading to Britain which is igniting hopes of an Indian summer with temperatures hitting 77F by the end of the week.
Following a soggy end to September, today is expected to be dry and breezy for most as high pressure is due to build from the south, bringing sunny skies and much warmer temperatures.
The upbeat predictions cover all areas of the UK except the north-west of Scotland, which is set to be wet and windy once again. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain which will be in place from today until close of play on Friday, with heavy and persistent rain expected.
The Met Office said: ‘The rest of the country will remain mostly dry and fine, with south and south-eastern areas seeing the best of the sunshine. Light winds are expected further south.’
Some parts of the UK could be warmer than Barcelona on Saturday and Sunday, with highs of 22C forecast in Hull and Manchester, and 20C (68F) in Cardiff and Newcastle.
People out and about in Greenwich Park in London yesterday making the most of the sunny October
A blast of tropical air is heading to Britain which is igniting hopes of an Indian summer with temperatures hitting 77F by the end of the week
Parts of the UK are expected to be warmer than Barcelona on Saturday and Sunday, with highs of 22C forecast in Hull and Manchester, and 20C (68F) in Cardiff and Newcastle.
The sunny forecast follows a fortnight when remnants of successive tropical hurricanes brought wet and windy conditions to many areas.
The first half of this week has been unsettled with rain and thunderstorms, with a lightning strike causing a dramatic explosion at a gas-fired power plant in Oxfordshire on Monday night.
Despite the wet end to September, the month was the joint-warmest since records began in 1884, with a mean daily temperature of 15.2C (59.4F) matching the record set in 2006.
And the heatwave at the start of the month, which saw the UK’s daytime high hit at least 30C for seven consecutive days, was the longest recorded September warm spell – and brought the warmest day of the year, with 33.5C (92.3F) recorded at Kew Gardens.
But the wetter end to the month – including Storm Agnes last week – meant UK average rainfall totalled 4.7in, 31 per cent more than average for September.
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