Britain will be hotter than Brazil as Azores air plume triggers 28C heat wave
Britain will be warmer than Brazil this weekend as a heat wave brings temperatures of 28 ° C.
The Met Office’s hottest forecast would break the record for the hottest day of the year so far, 25.6C on June 2.
On Wednesday, the mercury will climb to 26C in the south and 24C in the north due to a plume of warm air from the Azores.
Temperatures of 27C in Manchester and 28C in London are expected by Sunday, a degree warmer than in Rio.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “We’re going to see hot sun and dry conditions from the middle of the week.
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“It looks like these stable conditions will prevail for the rest of July and into August. That’s not to say we won’t see rain or clouds, but most of the time it looks good.
The forecast will be welcomed by millions of Britons planning a home holiday. Average temperatures for this time of year are generally around 21C.
Coral bookmakers have slashed the odds that this will be the hottest summer in the UK to 1/2.
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They offer 10/11 for the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK to be exceeded by 38.7 ° C, and 5/4 if the mercury reaches 40 ° C.
A spokesperson said: “There is a good chance that the UK will have its highest temperature on record in the coming months.”
The heatwave could cause discomfort for millions of people with hay fever, with pollen numbers set to skyrocket today.
Levels will be ‘very high’ across England by the end of the week and ‘high’ across Scotland.
Allergen expert Max Wiseberg said: “People with hay fever will bear the brunt of the most pollen of the year starting Wednesday.”
It comes after the nation was lashed by downpours on Monday.
London and the south coast have been the hardest hit with many areas affected by flash floods. Train and tube stations have been forced to close, including Euston.
London firefighters said they had received more than 1,000 calls related to the floods.
The Met Office has warned that the number of “extremely hot days” could drop from 10 to 37 if global warming is not brought under control.
The increase in the number of days when temperatures exceed 25 ° C could occur with a global average increase of 4 ° C, according to a study by the journal Climatic Change.
A weather station in Lapland recorded 33.5 ° C on Monday, its second highest temperature on record.