The Met Office says a break in the warm weather will bring cold and storms

The weather is expected to worsen after a surprise rise in temperatures over the past week. Wetter and cooler weather, including possible thunderstorms, is expected to replace the mini-heatwave.

The Met Office says the UK could see record high temperatures at the weekend, with some parts of the country set to experience their hottest day of the year so far. Parts of southeast England are expected to reach a high of 26C on Saturday, surpassing the current record of 23.4C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, with temperatures across the country substantially warmer than seasonal averages.

London is forecast to reach daily highs of between 23 and 24 degrees Celsius for the rest of the week, with slightly cooler temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius in parts of western England and Wales. According to forecasters, Thursday and Friday will be sunny and dry across most of the UK, with scattered showers in northern areas and heavier rainfall in northern parts of Scotland expected to move away from Thursday.

But next week will bring unsettled weather, the Met Office said, as temperatures cool and an area of ​​low pressure in the Atlantic brings scattered showers and possible thunderstorms from as early as Sunday afternoon.

Amy Bokota, senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “It’s already been quite warm, but as we head later in the week I expect it to slowly climb day by day. For the UK as a whole, the average daytime temperature in early May is around 16C, so that’s slightly above average.”

“We’ll probably see temperatures back into the teens, maybe twenties in a few places, but certainly a few degrees lower,” Ms Bokota said.

The Met Office said the sunny weather would bring “moderate to high” UV levels, which could cause sunburn even where it is cloudy, and advised people to use sunscreen and wear suitable clothing, including hats and sunglasses .

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