UK's weather forecast
The latest BBC weather forecast shows brief spells of heatwave temperatures will blast the UK over the next week, as BBC meteorologist Darren Bett urged Britons to "make the most of it".
Temperatures will surge to 24C today in the UK, before jumping to at least 26C next week, according to the latest BBC weather forecast. However, the days in between these heatwave warmth will be dominated by rain and chillier temperatures. BBC meteorologist Darren Bett said to "make the most of it" today as temperatures will drop between Sunday and next Friday, before another brief weekend heatwave returns.
|Temperatures will surge to 24C today in the UK, before jumping to at least 26C next week, (Image: BBC)|
He told BBC Breakfast viewers: "Temperatures will be higher than they were yesterday.
"But there is a cold weather front slowly coming in from the Atlantic.
"It will arrive into north-western areas later today with some rain, but high pressure is dominant for most of the country.
"Today we are seeing 18C in Northern Ireland, 20C in Scotland and 24C through the Midlands and south-east England where it will be a sunny end to the day.
He continued: "That rain coming into Northern Ireland this afternoon will head its way into Scotland this evening and overnight, and eventually down into northern and western parts of England and Wales.
|BBC meteorologist Darren Bett said to "make the most of it" today as temperatures will drop between Sunday and next Friday, before another brief weekend heatwave returns (Image: BBC)|
"There is a lot more cloud around tonight, and temperatures will be higher than they have been recently overnight, staying around 11 - 12C.
"On Monday, that weather front will move its way southwards, down into England and Wales and the picture is a cloudier picture on Monday.
"There will still be decent temperatures and were we stay dry, for example in the south-east, will have the highest temperatures of around 24C.
|Bett went on to say that the temperatures will bounce back next weekend (Image: WXCHARTS)|
"Temperatures won't be quite as high on Tuesday, with a fair bit of cloud and some showers across the country.
"We will see around 16C in Belfast, 17C in Newcastle, highs of 20C in London."
Bett went on to say that the temperatures will bounce back next weekend, with London experiencing a sweltering 25C on Friday and 26C next Saturday.
Temperature charts from Netweather show hot weather spreading from the south today, with highs of 26C possible. This could repeat on Monday, with much of the south again seeing 26C highs as temperature maps turn red with the heat.
A Met Office spokesman said "On the whole, England and Wales is looking largely settled, with temperatures in the mid-20s in the sunshine." However, the spokesman added: "It is too early to tell if it will be a heatwave."
Forecasters have urged Britons enjoying the sunshine this weekend to wear sun cream, as UV radiation will be "high or very high".
|Days in between these heatwave warmth will be dominated by rain and chillier temperatures (Image: BBC)|
The Met Office also predicted warm temperatures next week too.
The latest forecast on its website said: "Most places will have a dry day with spells of sunshine and becoming warm in southern areas today.
"Cloudier in the far north with some drizzle at first, then more general cloud and rain reaching Northern Ireland and western Scotland later.
"Tonight: Dry in the south and east, but cloud and occasional rain moving south and east, reaching most western and northern areas by morning.
"Monday: South-east England, dry with some sunshine and warm again.
"Elsewhere, rather cloudy with some rain or showers, particularly in the west, but drier and brighter in the north-east."
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday
|Met Office weather forecast: Southern regions will experience warmer temperatures (Image: WX CHARTS)|
The Met Office warned of rain before temperatures rise once again. It said: "Cloudy with rain at times in the northwest.
"Some showers on Tuesday but becoming drier and gradually brighter further southeast and turning warmer too. Meanwhile, Netweather's Paul Michaelwaite added northern regions may not experience the same highs as the south.
He said: "Cloud is going to thicken from the west across the north of the UK and Ireland during the day, with rain getting into western Ireland by lunchtime and the west of Scotland by late afternoon.
"So, a wet end to the weekend here, while much of the rest of the UK finishes up with lots more sunshine.
Europe's weather forecast
Slack low pressure over Iberia will trigger a few thundery showers, particularly in northern Spain later in the day. Much of southern Spain and Portugal stay hot and sunny. The western Mediterranean and Italy will be largely dry, but a few showers may pop up along the spine of Italy and in the southern Alps. Isolated showers in the Balkans, but much of Greece and Turkey will be dry.
On July 14
High pressure over northwestern Europe brings a fair day to much of France, highest temperatures toward the west with a general easterly breeze. Dry for the Low Countries, southern Germany and much of the Alps, but patchy rain affects northern Germany and parts of Poland.
Showery rain for the Baltic states and southern Sweden. Breezy with passing showers for Denmark. Frequent showery rain for west and northern Norway, plus western Finland. Areas of thundery rain affect western Ukraine, Belarus and Romania.
A few thunderstorms could develop over northeastern Spain later in the day but otherwise it's a warm, dry and sunny day for the rest of the country and for Portugal and the Balearic Islands too. Isolated showers may develop too over southwestern parts of Italy and Greece but staying mostly dry, hot and sunny for the eastern Mediterranean.
On July 15
Dry and fine for much of western Europe too as high pressure builds here. France, the Low Countries, Germany and the Czech Republic all seeing a dry and fair day. A scattering of showers may develop over the Alps and over eastern parts of Poland but otherwise a dry and fine day too for Switzerland, Austria and western Poland.
Dry conditions extend into Denmark and southern Sweden though it may be somewhat cloudier here. An area of low pressure over Finland brings outbreaks of rain and some locally heavy showers to Finland, the Baltic States and northern Sweden though there could be some spells of sunshien between the showers for the Baltics. Outbreaks of rain for southwest Norway but drier and brighter to the north.
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