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Hopes of 27C heatwave dashed as BBC forecasts temperatures will plummet with rain on the way

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Over the past week, Londoners have been holding out hope for what could turn into one of the hottest days in May for almost 100 years. Temperatures looked set to reach new heights in just days as a blast of North African heat arrives in London via Italy and the south of France – though the latest forecast predicts temperatures may not fly as high as we previously thought.

The hottest day on record for May is 27.8C in Camden, North London, on May 16, 1925. A massive 1,200 mile high pressure system building across Europe this week was set force a gust of tropical air from Africa which could prove record-breaking, the Express reports. However, the BBC has more recently confirmed that we are in fact unlikely to see temperatures soar quite so high.According to the BBC, Londoners are indeed in for a warm few days ahead, with temperatures reaching a pleasant 23C on Saturday, May 14, and 23C on Sunday, May 15. However, as we all return to work for the following week, this warmth is not set to last. After Tuesday, May 17, temperatures are predicted to plummet considerably to those which we may be more used to in May, plateauing back to 19C by the end of next week in the capital.According to BBC Weather: “Saturday will see fine conditions with plenty of warm sunshine in the morning. Cloud building in through the afternoon with a few showers in the evening, potentially heavy with some thunder. Sunday will be another warm day with a further risk of thundery showers. A cloudy start to the day on Monday with heavy rain for many. Drier in the afternoon with some sunshine.”

Despite this, the Met Office is slightly more optimistic about the warmth we can expect in the following week. In particular, the Met Office predicts the southeast will experience dry, settled weather, for most of the week ahead, with warm weather across the UK, with a particular focus on the London area.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “As we go through the weekend, the jet stream arches to the north and this ridging allows high pressure to build across the UK and this will bring most of us a dry and fine weekend. High pressure continues to dominate into the early part of next week and maybe beyond.”

 

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