Britain could soon see a three-month heatwave after the appearance of a 900-mile-wide jet of hot air called the ‘Spanish plume’.
Forecasters have predicted a high of 26C (79F) this bank holiday weekend, possibly rising to 28C (82F) later in May.
And late May’s sizzling bank holiday weekend is part of an expected three-month heatwave, with the Met Office‘s long-range forecast predicating higher than average temperatures until the beginning of July.
The Easter weekend saw record-breaking temperatures across the country with the mercury hitting 25.5C (77.9F) in Gosport, Hampshire.
The South will enjoy the best of the weather in the first bank holiday weekend while the North and West of Britain could see some wind and rain.
Thousands of visitors take to the beach in Brighton and Hove as sunny and hot weather is hitting the seaside resorts on the Easter Bank Holiday Sunday
The packed seafront at Boscombe over the East Bank Holiday. The Easter weekend saw record-breaking temperatures across the country with the mercury hitting 25.5C (77.9F) in Gosport, Hampshire
Monday is predicted to have the best weather. During the middle and end of May, the Met Office said ‘above average’ temperatures are expected.
Some forecasters even predict that the record for the hottest day of the year could be smashed at the end of the month.
Brian Gaze, of website TheWeatherOutlook, said: ’28C would not be a surprise later in May, with warm air, known as a Spanish plume, expected to arrive from southern Europe.’
Sarah Kent, a Met Office meteorologist, said: ‘The forecast is based on probabilities that are averaged over the whole three-month period.
‘So it’s a little bit like odds on a horse race — it’s not saying other outcomes are not possible, but that on balance over the three months we are slightly more likely to have warmer than average conditions. It’s not saying hot days, necessarily; it might be milder nights, for instance.’
Caitilin Ahern, 22, Bethany Cammack, 22 and Milly Everett, 19, enjoying the hot weather on Formby beach on Easter Sunday
The Met Office’s long- range forecast said: ‘For April to June, above average temperatures are more likely than below-average.
‘The probability the UK average temperature falls into the warmest of our five categories is 45 per cent. The coldest category is 5 per cent.’
Last year saw the warmest May since records began more than 100 years ago with a daily average high of 17C (63F). The early May bank holiday hit 28.7C (83.66F) at RAF Northolt, west London, according to the Met Office.
Forecasters think that 2019 could be the hottest year to date with February breaking temperature records to add to the hottest ever Easter Monday.
The hot weather continues on the Bank Holiday weekend at Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall. The South will enjoy the best of the weather in the first bank holiday weekend while the North and West of Britain could see some wind and rain