Temperatures in the UK are set to soar into the mid-20s on Saturday afternoon with highs of 23C in the south of England. According to the latest WxCharts, an area of high pressure will close in from the continent on Saturday afternoon pushing warm conditions across the UK in a northerly direction. The weather chart shows an area of southeast England turning dark orange as plumes of hot air beat down on the UK.
As the early morning clouds and drizzle fade away, a spell of prolonged bright sunshine is expected across large parts of the UK with highs of 23C in London, 21C in Wales and 18C in the north.
As the sun breaks through the morning cloud cover and light rains, it will bring mild and humid conditions to many.
The warm weather will be accompanied by light winds which will strengthen towards the end of the day.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “The breeze will be perhaps a touch lighter through Saturday afternoon but then going to strengthen further on Saturday night but still bringing that mild air.
“So if we see some sunshine we could easily get again get up to 22 or 23 but where it stays cloudy humid filled 17C or 18C the top temperature.
“Through Saturday evening again many central and eastern parts staying dry but cloudy, a bit more patchy rain in the west.”
Netweather.tv forecaster Nick Finnis said the best of the dry and sunny conditions will be felt across central and eastern areas.
In between the warm weather, gusts of up to 40mph are also expected at a local level.
Mr Finnis said: “Eastern areas seeing the best of any drier conditions.
“Despite the cloud and strong southwesterly wind gusting to 30-40mph locally, it will feel humid, temperatures reaching 20-23C across central and eastern areas of England, the north and west reaching 17-19C.”
BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor added the best of the conditions will be felt on Saturday afternoon before turning more unsettled.
“Temperatures could still hit the low 20s across the southeast, cooler temperatures across the far north of Scotland.
“That cooler weather will be working its way down into Sunday.”
A band of rain will move across the UK during the early hours of Sunday morning with the north of England and Scotland worst affected.
Patchy rain will be persistent across most areas by the afternoon but temperatures will remain warm with highs of 21C in the south, 15C in Wales and 16C in the north.