Met Office predicts when the UK will experience first ‘heatwave’ of 2024

After being hit by back-to-back storms and even a tornado – families in North Staffordshire could be forgiven for craving some better weather. This week has seen temperatures drop with motorists having to defrost their windscreens just this morning (April 18).

But meteorologists reckon this could all change soon. The Mirror reports how forecasters have said the best chances for a meteorological heatwave – where temperatures have to hit at least 28C in the south of England on three consecutive days – are most likely in late May and June.

Oli Claydon, spokesman for the Met Office, told the Mirror: “It could be May into June that we meet the heatwave threshold as there’s nothing to indicate it sooner. There is some pleasant weather forecast this weekend for many, which will be a boost after unsettled weather recently.

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“We have still got a showery picture this week. Then high pressure will return for the weekend, so it will feel very different on the weekend to what many are experiencing now.”

“The best weather on the weekend will be in the south and the west as these areas will hold on to the brighter and sunnier conditions for the longest. We are looking at highs of 16C or 17C.”

Even parts of rural Scotland – where the mercury plunged to 2C in Dumfries and Galloway on Monday – will see highs of 15C on Sunday, way above the average of 10.3C for the time of the year. Nevertheless, several criteria need to be met for a meteorological heatwave, including three consecutive days of 25C at least for Scotland – and warmer down south.

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