Spanish heatwave to hit Britain and bring hottest day of year so far

Britons should brace themselves for soaring temperatures as a Spanish heatwave blasts the country in the coming weeks, according to forecasts.

Weather maps show when the UK is set to enjoy fine weather, following the gloom of March and April, with a European heatwave that has been sweeping across the continent in recent weeks due to come our way.

Both Spain and France have recorded record-breaking temperatures, with Cordoba in southern Spain reaching a record 38.3C, breaking the previous record of 37.4C in Murcia in 2011.

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Although temperatures in the UK could reach 21C in the coming weeks, long range forecasts predict May 17 to be the exact day the UK will see this year's highest temperatures.

A Netweather forecaster May looks like a "warmer-than-average month" with the possibility of an "early hot spell" towards the end of the month.

The Met Office's long-range forecast said: "High pressure looks to build from the west or southwest, meaning further Atlantic frontal zones will likely be deflected towards the northwest of the UK, as many other areas becoming mostly dry, at least for a time.

"Winds should also ease for most, compared to the start of this period, and will feel warm in the best of the sunshine."

However, the forthcoming Coronation bank holiday weekend doesn't look so good, with the Met Office predicting "unsettled weather" with "showers of longer spells of rain for many".

The forecaster also warned of the possibility of "thunder downpours" on Sunday (May 7), which could affect the Coronation concert taking place outside Windsor Castle.

Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster, Steven Keates, said: “On Saturday we will see some heavy rain moving into the southwest in the early hours which will move northeastwards through the morning.

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"This is likely to bring some rain to London by around lunchtime as it spreads east and north across roughly the southern third of the UK.

"Further north in Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland it will be a day of sunshine and showers before the more persistent rain moves northwards overnight."

He added: "It will feel humid, especially in the south, with highs of 18C possible in London."

Bank holiday Monday doesn't look to be much better with the possibility of more "thundery showers" in central, eastern and southern England with the northeast looking "daily grey and wet".


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