UK set to be 'hotter than Ibiza' in coming days, forecasters say

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UK set to be 'hotter than Ibiza' in coming days, forecasters say

Some parts of the country are likely to be hotter than Ibiza in the coming days, according to the Met Office.

After a mild start on Monday, Britain is set to bask in Mediterranean temperatures, with the capital reaching around 30C (86F), which is two degrees hotter than the forecast for Ibiza.

This would also set a new record for the year. May 20 was the hottest day of 2020 so far, when the mercury reached 28.2C (82.8F) at Santon Downham in Suffolk.

This beat the previous record set just the day before when St James’s Park in London recorded a high of 26.2C (79.2F).

The Met Office has forecast a north-south split from Monday, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s in the South of England and mid-teens in Scotland.

Daytime showers are also forecast for northern Scotland and Ireland, but these should die out by Monday evening.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said temperatures will “build day on day” across the country and by Wednesday the mercury is set to hit 30C (86F).

With dry and sunny weather expected and the Government’s Covid-19 alert level lowered to three, emergency services across the country are urging people to continue to respect the two-metre social distancing restriction.

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has also warned against starting campfires which can easily get out of control, and to call 999 immediately if you spot a fire.

The NFCC said: “The weather is forecast to improve and, although we’ve had our fair share of rain recently, the risk of wildfires remains.

“These fires are often preventable, so if you are enjoying the countryside please be wildfire-aware and look out for our advice.”

However, there could be a change later in the week as meteorologists are unsure how long the heatwave will last, with the potential for thunderstorms on Friday.

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