BRITS will bake in a warm and dry spell over the next three months after showers bring in the Bank Holiday.
The soaring temperatures come after the UK fried during last year’s record-breaking summer – with a repeat of the high mercury on the cards.
The South will enjoy warmer conditions over the Bank Holiday weekend, as represented with the red colours in this map. The Green colours further north show colder conditions on Saturday afternoon[/caption]
The Weather Outlook today released its forecast for the next three months, predicting “above average” temperatures and “below average rainfall” across June, July and August.
It warned: “At this stage a summer with above average temperatures is thought probable.
“The signal for rainfall is weak, but it is slightly in favour of drier than average conditions over the three month period.”
Speaking to the Sun Online, the Met Office said early predictions had suggested “drier, warmer weather” than normal for the season.
Meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “There are broad suggestions that there is a slightly greater chance of dry and warm weather than average.
“A small number of degrees above average, and 30 degrees will be hit some days.”
The predictions come after temperatures are expected to reach up to 22.5C tomorrow, before cooling to 19C for Bank Holiday Monday.
Forecasters are saying there will be north-south split with Scotland coming in for a downpour but the south will be mostly sunny.
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However, while the north sees miserable conditions the south of the country will enjoy balmy 20C temperatures for most of the weekend.
“The probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 45-50 per cent. The coldest of our five categories is five per cent.
“Long-range prediction systems show a consistent increase in the likelihood of high pressure, associated with warmer-than-average conditions.”
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The Met Office has said hotter-than-usual UK average temperatures are verging on 50 per cent probability over three months to the start of August.
Forecasts for warm weather will be a boost for events including Glastonbury and Wimbledon.
Bookies have slashed the odds on a summer scorcher with Ladbrokes offering 3-1 from 6-1 for it being the hottest on record.
Bank Holiday weather forecasts show Scotland, northern England and western parts will see heavy rain through the Bank Holiday weekend, with this map showing the scene on Saturday afternoon[/caption]
The Met Office weather map for Saturday afternoon showing light cloud and sunshine in the South and South East – while there is rain and thick cloud in North[/caption]
Heavy rain will sweep into the North this Bank Holiday weekend, with this map showing heavy downpours on Saturday[/caption]
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