Summer makes a welcome return as temperatures soar to 77FMay 13, 2019
Hotter than Hollywood! Sunshine makes a welcome return as temperatures soar to 77F in Scotland while the rest of Britain enjoys warm weather for the rest of the week
- Temperatures could hit 25C (76F) with Aviemore and Moray Firth tipped to be UK’s warmest spots
- London and the Home Counties will reach 19C (66F) this week which is still above average for May
- Change in jetstream flow which determines Britain’s weather has swapped Arctic air for warmth
It’s a part of Britain better known for heavy snow, strong gales and sub-zero temperatures.
But the Scottish Highlands are the place to be for warm spring sunshine this week, as temperatures could hit 25C (76F) with Aviemore and the Moray Firth tipped to be the UK’s warmest spots.
The balmy conditions could even produce the hottest day of the year so far, with people expected to flock to parks and beaches – and it will be warmer than Los Angeles, which is only expected to get to 23C (73F).
And while Scotland sizzles throughout the week, London and the Home Counties are only expected to reach about 19C (66F) – although this is still above the daytime average for the start of May of 16C (61F).
The sun rises on a beautiful morning over Coquet Island, off Amble on the coast of Northumberland today
Another impressive photograph of the sunrise over Coquet Island, off Amble on the coast of Northumberland today
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: ‘Scotland is going to be warm and very sunny this week. It’s a huge improvement on what we have had in May so far – and will make places in England seem distinctly chilly.’
A change in the flow of the jetstream – the ribbon of strong winds high in the atmosphere which effectively determine Britain’s weather – has swapped the Arctic air for higher temperatures.
An area of high pressure will become anchored over Scotland, drawing warm weather up from Spain. This could break the record for the hottest day of 2019 so far – set on April 20 when Gosport in Hampshire hit 25.5C (77.9F).
Mr Snell said: ‘The sunshine we are seeing today is what we can expect to the latter part of the week. Even eastern coastal spots, which would normally feel a bit cooler, will share in the higher temperatures.
While Scotland sizzles throughout the week, London and the Home Counties are only expected to reach about 19C (66F)
The Met Office warned pollen levels (left) will be high to moderate, while UV levels (right) will be high as well today
‘Of course, it always comes with its hazards. We expect pollen levels to be high to moderate, which is bad news for sufferers of hay fever. And UV levels are going to be high as well, so people should take sensible precautions.’
Since the start of this month, Scotland has been suffering winter-like chills – and came close to recording the coldest May Day on record. That is down to the fact it has been on the northerly side of the jetstream.
However, cold air from the Arctic is about to be exchanged for a mass of warm air from the Continent as the jetstream reacts to storms which have hit America.
Ladbrokers has cut its odds from 8/1 to 7/2 on this week bringing the hottest day of 2019. It said: ‘Brits are in for a treat on the weather front this week and we could well see the hottest day of the year so far being recorded.’
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