UK hot weather alert LIVE – Hottest May in 100 YEARS as new maps show 25C African blast to arrive within days

BRITS, brace yourselves for early summer heat as a 25C North African blast is set to bring record temperatures.

The sweltering weather is expected to reach our coasts making this the hottest May in 100 years.

According to The Express, the UK is due to melt as temperatures reach the high 20s in the middle of this month.

The hot weather is the result of a gust from Italy and the South of France.

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services told the Express: The near continent is getting hot and we're getting a little bit of that warmth into London that will give us the warmest day of the year so far next week."

He added: "When we get to Wednesday, [we could see] 25 degrees in London. It continues into the following days."

From 16 May to 21 May, temperatures above 20C are likely but it's expected to reach a dizzying 28C in areas, particularly in the south and south east.

Meanwhile northern parts of the UK and Scotland will be as warm as 16C.

Read our weather blog for the latest news and updates…

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    Stay dry tonight ahead of showers

    Cloud and patchy rain is expected to clear southeast England

    This will be followed by reasonably warm weather and sunny spells – the odd shower might still be present.

    Further north, sunny intervals will alternate with light showers.

    Some rainfall may be heavy.

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    Best of British images from this weekend

    The Met Office shared images of some beautiful British landscapes from the weekend's beautiful weather.

    YES! These are in the UK – aren't we lucky?

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    A post shared by Weather from the Met Office (@metoffice)

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    Wednesday to Saturday forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland

    The end of the week will be a little cool in these areas.

    For England and Wales, though, scattered showers on Wednesday giving way to drier and brighter days, along with temperatures above average.

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    Potential heatwave during Platinum Jubilee

    The next week or so is likely to be warm for most of the UK.

    The this month is set to end on mild rather than high temperatures, the beginning of next month may bring a heatwave, just in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

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    UV warnings, but what does that mean?

    A Met Office meteorologist has warned of the increased UV levels during the coming heatwaves.

    Annie Shuttleworth, a Met Office meteorologist has warned of increased UV rays during the next few heatwaves.

    We do need a little UV radiation though – that's the only way we can receive Vitamin D naturally.

    But too much UV exposure can have a negative effect on skin and eyes.

    The exposure on skin can cause sunburn and/or skin cancer, while for the eyes, it can damage the tissue that makes up the eye. This can lead to cataracts and subsequently blindeness.

    So be sure to wear sunscreen, limit sun exposure and use this as an excuse to get a cool new pair of sunnies!

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    Met Office on a more unsettled end of May

    Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “It’s likely we’ll see those warm and much warmer-than-average temperatures across the UK.

    “UV levels will likely be high.”

    However, rainy weather could plague the rest of the month despite its warmth.

    The Met Office said: “The end of May is likely to bring more unsettled weather, with spells of rain or showers for most, and some heavy and thundery showers are possible.

    “Drier and sunnier spells remain likely, particularly in the south and southwest.

    “Temperatures are likely to remain above average, with very warm spells possible, especially in the southeast.”

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    The Met tells us we’ll have a bit of a mixed bag across the UK today

    Layers, suncreen, brolly and sandals may all be needed today!

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    Cloudy heatwave!

    In the South East, the weather is likely to reach a solid 23C, but clouds will remain.

    Such weather can cause secret sunburn and dehydration so be sure to take care today with sunscreen and plenty of water.

    This weekend will see the temperatures spike again, and with clear skies too!

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    How to barbecue in the rain

    Good weather is coming, which means so is barbecue

    Even if you start in the sunshine, there’s no guarantee you won’t get caught in the rain.

    So what to do – move to the garage, or the kitchen? No, the barbecue indoors puts you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    The answer is simpler than you might think – get a parasol or umbrella.

    Weighted parasols mean your hands are free so you can barbecue and have a drink at the same time!

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    Scotland, Wales, the North, Northern Ireland – rain and cloud today

    Great weather in the Southeast today, but not so great elsewhere

    Rain is expected intermittently throughout Scotland and Nortehrn Ireland today.

    The rain will be accompanied by wind and cloud.

    It’ll reach Wales and north western parts of England later today.

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    Rain heading southeast tonight

    Clear spells and showers expected in the north.

    Mild weather in the south is expected.

    The rain will likely not quite reach the south eastern corner of the country.

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    Potential heatwave during Platinum Jubilee

    The next week or so is likely to be warm for most of the UK.

    The this month is set to end on mild rather than high temperatures, the beginning of next month may bring a heatwave, just in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

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    Making the most out of the weather this weekend

    A sizzling Saturday saw Brits flock to the sea to catch some rays, as beaches like Bournemouth heaved with sunseekers.

    The warm weekend dragged crowds outdoors to the coast, to parks and pub gardens.

    The soaring heat heading for the UK could even overtake April 15 as the hottest day of the year so far.

    Good Friday was a gorgeous 23.4C in St James’s Park in London, but May might very well break 2022’s current record.

    By the time the Jubilee bank holiday rolls around, it could be a scorching 30C.

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    Weather forecast May 11 to May 20 (2/2)

    High pressure will most likely persist in the south, with occasional outbreaks of rain in the northwest during May 11 to May 20.

    The weekend will bring settled conditions and sunny spells.

    Fine dry weather continues for most of the following week, but the contrast continues into the rest of May.

    More changeable conditions can be expected in the north and northwest, with breezier and showery weather, while warm or locally hot conditions are possible in the south.

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    UK told to brace for FIVE heatwaves in next four months

    Brits have been warned they will face a four-month furnace – with five ‘major heatwaves’.

    The UK will boil over the next fortnight as temperatures rocket towards 30C (86F).

    James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “The overall summer forecast is now pointing towards at least four or five major heatwaves.

    “These will build throughout the summer months, but at the moment, August looks the most likely to bring these blasts of very hot weather.

    “The first major spell of summer could arrive as soon as late May.”

    The Met Office’s three-month outlook published at the start of May predicts the probability of hot weather this summer to be double that of normal years.

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    London’s Monday to Thursday forecast

    A dry, sunny morning on Monday with mist or fog soon clearing.

    Remaining dry into the afternoon though sunshine becoming hazy over time.

    Warm again, notably so towards the east coast with gentle winds and maximum temperatures of 23 °C.

    Tuesday will be rather breezy with spells of rain and brighter interludes.

    A risk of rain and windy conditions on Wednesday, followed by blustery showers.

    Drier and brighter but still breezy Thursday.

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    UK weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday

    Tuesday will bring patchy rain across England and Wales. Sunny spells and showers across Scotland and Northern Ireland which will merge into longer spells of rain later.

    Sunny spells and showers across northern Britain on Wednesday but it will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain further south.

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    Bookies on May having record-breaking temperatures

    Bookies are now making it odds on that this month will be a record-breaker.

    Coral was today giving odds of 4-5 for heat records being broken, and it was offering evens for this summer to be the UK’s hottest ever – topping 38.7C set in Cambridge in July 2019.

    John Hill, from the bookmaker, said: “It’s going to feel like summer has come early over the next few days. As a result of soaring temperatures we have slashed the odds on this month ending as a record hot May.

    “Looking further ahead, we now make it odds-on to be a record hot summer and we are not ruling out the UK having its highest ever temperature.”

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    Things you need to do to stay safe during the heatwave

    WARMER weather is here at last – but, sadly, it can bring health hazards. Here’s how to avoid common heat perils:

    1. Sunburn – Protecting skin from sunburn and skin-cancer-inducing UV rays is crucial.
    2. Dehydration – Drink plenty of fluids, including tea, water and soft drinks and watch out for tell-tale warning signs such as dark or strong smelling urine, excessive thirst, feeling faint or a dry mouth.
    3. Insect bites – An over-the-counter antihistamine tablet or cream should reduce swelling and itching.
    4. Prickly heat – Seek shade or go inside – prickly heat usually reduces as skin cools.
    5. Heat exhaustion – Resting in a cool place and drinking cold water usually eliminates issues within 30 minutes.
      Heat stroke is a more serious condition where the body overheats so much it is unable to cool.
    6. Insomnia – To cool bedrooms, keep curtains shut in the daytime and open windows.
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    Monday to be hotter than southern Italy

    BBC Weather’s Darren Bett has revealed that mercury is expected to remain in the high teens and low 20s in the south and east of England. 

    Speaking about Monday, Bett has said that temperatures are set to reach 23C – more than Palermo in south Italy which will be 17C.

    He said: “It’s going to be a fine day today. A lot of weather around and lots of sunshine and it will feel warm in the sunshine as well.

    “There is some low cloud heading our way at the moment but if we look out in the Atlantic, this cloud is going to bring some changes in the northwest tomorrow.

    “Overnight tonight we’re going to find the wind picking up in the northwest of the UK.

    “The thickening cloud will come in and we’ll start to see some rain as well but it is likely to be dry and clear.

    “A little bit of a chilly start to tomorrow across East Anglia and the northeast, must milder than the northwest.

    “High pressure sitting over the UK at the moment is going to get squeezed away towards the east allowing these weather fronts to move down tomorrow and bring with it the rain.

    “We’re going to find it getting wetter more widely tomorrow across Northern Ireland.

    “After a bright start withouth the clouds in England and Wales we will see the cloud tending to increase from the northwest but it’s likely to stay dry.

    “With the sunshine across the southeastern parts, it’s going to be quit warm with temperatures getting up to 23C.”

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    Potential heatwave during Platinum Jubilee

    The next week or so is likely to be warm for most of the UK.

    The this month is set to end on mild rather than high temperatures, the beginning of next month may bring a heatwave, just in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

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    Things you need to do to stay safe during the heatwave

    WARMER weather is here at last – but, sadly, it can bring health hazards. Here’s how to avoid common heat perils:

    1. Sunburn – Protecting skin from sunburn and skin-cancer-inducing UV rays is crucial.
    2. Dehydration – Drink plenty of fluids, including tea, water and soft drinks and watch out for tell-tale warning signs such as dark or strong smelling urine, excessive thirst, feeling faint or a dry mouth.
    3. Insect bites – An over-the-counter antihistamine tablet or cream should reduce swelling and itching.
    4. Prickly heat – Seek shade or go inside – prickly heat usually reduces as skin cools.
    5. Heat exhaustion – Resting in a cool place and drinking cold water usually eliminates issues within 30 minutes.
      Heat stroke is a more serious condition where the body overheats so much it is unable to cool.
    6. Insomnia – To cool bedrooms, keep curtains shut in the daytime and open windows.

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