BBC Weather forecasts ‘beautiful sunshine’ across UK
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The UK has seen mild conditions and sunny spells dominate in the past few weeks, with a hot 20C forecast today. The summer-like temperatures are set to dip away next week, but long-range weather charts show the warm weather is set to strike again in just a few weeks time.
Conditions are set to considerably improve from Thursday May 6, with temperatures expected to rise to highs of 16C by the late afternoon.
Weather maps by WXCharts and Netweather both forecast the sunny conditions are expected to cover much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Parts of the east coast of Scotland can also expect the mercury to rise to the mid-teens.
Friday May 7 is expected to be even warmer, with 18C forecast in the south east at 12 noon.
By 3pm this has risen to 19C, with huge swathes of the south of the UK expected to see temperatures soar to the high-teens, according to Netweather maps.
WXCharts also forecasts highs of 18C in London, with temperatures ranging from 13-17C elsewhere in the south.
The warm weather is set to continue into the weekend, with highs of 15C forecast on both Saturday and Sunday.
Weather maps for both WXCharts and Netweather do not go beyond Sunday May 9, so it is not yet known if the sunny conditions will continue beyond these dates.
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BBC forecasters said the warmer conditions are due to a bought of higher pressure moving in from the start of May.
They said: “The first half of May should bring further high pressure for a time, leading to some drier weather with likely cooler-feeling air as the high centre linger to the west.
“This is again supported by some of the computer model outlooks and many of our historical analogues.”
The forecasters added: “What we can tell you with some reasonable confidence is that May should start out largely dry and settled with perhaps a bit brief spells of rain for some.”
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Netweather forecasters also expected a warm interval to move in from May 6.
They said: “A finer, warmer perhaps very warm interval may occur, mostly over England and Wales.”
The Met Office said for the period from Friday May 7 – Friday May 21: “Confidence is low for this outlook as is typical of spring.
“The UK will likely see spells of fine, dry weather at times, but with an increased likelihood of more unsettled conditions when compared to April.
“All areas could see periods with showers or longer spells of rain.
“Temperatures could be close to the average for this time of year.”
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