Britain’s heatwave comes to abrupt end with temperatures set to drop

Britain’s heatwave comes to abrupt end with temperatures set to plummet by 12 DEGREES to 16C just 24 hours after the country basked in glorious sunshine

  • Very warm conditions after the hottest early May bank holiday weekend on record have now passed
  • Thermometers set to be closer to average for time of year as maximums drop by 21F (or 12C) in two days
  • Temperatures to get to 70F (21C) today in South East of England before falling to 61F (16C) by tomorrow
  • This follows highs of 82F (28C) recorded yesterday, 84F (29C) on Monday and 79F (26C) on Sunday

It’s been a sweltering four days of sunshine for parts of Britain that saw temperatures peak at 84F (29C).

But the very warm conditions after the hottest early May bank holiday weekend on record have now passed, with thermometers set to be closer to average for the time of year as maximums drop by 21F (or 12C) in two days.

Temperatures are likely to make it up to 70F (21C) today in the South East of England before falling to 61F (16C) by tomorrow – following on from highs recorded of 81.7F (27.6C) yesterday and 83.7F (28.7C) on Monday.

A woman makes the most of the warm weather at St James’s Park in London today as she relaxes on a bench

Commuters, walkers and runners make their way along the edge of the boating lake at Regent’s Park today

A woman runs past the boating lake as a beautiful morning greets Londoners at Regent’s Park today

A man and women enjoy a spot of lunch as sun seekers make the most of the weather at St James’s Park today


Two dogs run along a footpath, while a woman does the same at Regent’s Park in London on a sunny day this morning

A woman lies on the grass at St James’s Park today, as temperatures remain warm before tailing off later this week

Maximum temperatures recorded over the weekend were 79.3F (26.3C) on Sunday, and 74.7F (23.7C) on Saturday. But the hottest day of 2018 so far remains April 19 when St James’s Park in London made it up to 84.3F (29.1C).

Forecasters expect today to see cloud and rain move eastwards across the UK, with Northern Ireland and much of Scotland being wet all day while Wales and North West England will turn wet later.

However it will stay mainly dry for central and eastern England today, before a band of cloud and rain sweeps eastwards through the evening – and the far North and West will experience breezy conditions.

Tomorrow there will be scattered showers, heaviest and most frequent in the North West, especially in Scotland where thunder is possible, but through the day the showers will become less numerous.

There will be sunny intervals for South West England, Wales and northern England, but it will be mostly cloudy in South East England – and cooler and breezier than recent days. 



Temperatures are falling sharply across Britain after the scorching highs of yesterday (left), with Thursday just 61F/16C (right)


A runner crosses a bridge on a beautiful morning at Regent’s Park in London today as temperatures get to 70F (21C) today

Dog walkers enjoy the sunshine as a beautiful morning greets Londoners at Regent’s Park today

Friday will see rain move into western areas during the afternoon, but it will remain generally fine and dry in the East. However there will be brisk south-easterly winds, particularly for western and northern areas.

Saturday will be dry with sunny spells and gentle winds for many, although scattered showers are likely for Wales and the South West of England, with some of these potentially heavy.

Met Office Forecaster Helen Roberts warned yesterday of a “massive drop in temperature” as the week progresses, adding that the weather will be “nowhere near as warm” as the Bank Holiday temperatures from today.

On Monday the mercury hit 83.7F (28.7C) in Northolt, West London, making it the hottest early May Bank Holiday Monday since records began – but those hoping for a repeat scorcher next weekend will be disappointed.

Looking ahead to the royal wedding, the forecast is proving elusive, with Ms Roberts telling of uncertainty and low confidence surrounding the conditions on May 19. She said the weather would most likely be changeable.

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