Parts of the UK may get a brief taste of the tropics next week with forecasters suggesting temperatures could reach the mid-20s C – but the sun won’t shine for everyone.
Tropical Maritime air “drawn across the UK” but a heatwave is highly unlikely, according to the Met Office.
“It is likely to turn warm in the south-east of England where temperatures will rise into the low 20Cs, perhaps mid-20s Cs in one or two spots,” a spokesperson continued.
“At present, this is not expected to fit the criteria for a heatwave, however, as this requires temperatures of 27C or higher in the south-east for at least three consecutive days.”
Before then, the weekend will have a cooler feel, with a mixture of sunshine and showers – with plummeting temperatures felt overnight.
BBC forecaster Darren Bett said: “We’ve got more cloud spilling up from the southwest, coming eastwards into England and Wales and it may well bring some drizzly rain into the southwest of England and the West Country.”
Further north there’ll be some brighter spells though showers will become more widespread in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the far north of England.
Even more showers are expected on Saturday, particularly in northern Scotland and Northern Ireland, thanks to high pressure lurking west of the UK.
It is predicted to be even cooler with temperatures struggling at just 11C in parts of the country on Sunday as showers push their way into England and Wales.
“Some of these showers could be rather heavy as well. It’ll depress the temperatures, of course,” the BBC forecaster added.
Forecaster The Weather Outlook predicted a north-south split in the UK’s weather next week.
It stated: “Monday mostly starts dry and bright. Through the day cloud and outbreaks of rain probably spread across much of Scotland and possibly into Northern Ireland. In southern and central England it will be warmer than recently.
“The north to south split continues on Tuesday. England and Wales have a dry and warm day. Wet weather continues to affect Northern Ireland and Scotland.
“Changeable conditions continue through the rest of the week. Southern and central counties should often be dry. In the north there is an ongoing risk of showers or longer spells of rain.”
UK five-day weather forecast
Mostly dry with some bright or sunny spells across southern parts, clouding over with some rain in places later. In the north, windy with sunshine and showers, some heavy.
Rain clearing southern areas, to give a largely dry night with some clear periods. Further blustery showers in the north.
Dry with sunny spells across many southern and eastern areas. Scattered showers elsewhere with these most frequent in the northwest.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Sunny spells and showers on Sunday. Cloudier and windier on Monday and Tuesday with outbreaks of rain focused in the north and west. Rather cool to start before turning warmer.