After yet another sizzling day temperatures will stay high again today but forecasters have said the UK will just miss out on an official heatwave.
To meet the definition of a heatwave, areas must see three consecutive days of high temperatures – ranging from about 25C to 28C – depending on location.
Although temperatures around the country are expected to stay in the twenties on Thursday with some peaks of 27 C, most places will not “tick the box” for a heatwave, the Met Office predicts.
Steven Keates, meteorologist at the Met Office, said it was “unlikely” that heatwave criteria would be met.
“My suspicion is that a handful of places will come close to meeting the thresholds but not many will tick the box for a heatwave” he said.
“I think it’s going to be a bit of a near miss for most places.
“It’s been a lovely warm spell but if we’re using the strict criteria we use to measure it then I don’t think anywhere is going to quite get it this time.”
He added: “Nonetheless we’re going to see several very warm days up and down the country which will be welcome for a lot of people after what has been a pretty cool, damp, disappointing May.”
Mr Keates said temperatures were expected to stay above 20C in most areas on Thursday with the highest, most “humid” temperatures being felt in the east, with up to 27C predicted in east Anglia.
He added: “weather-wise it will be a bit of a mess”
“The showery rain tomorrow morning will pivot a bit and push its way toward Scotland.
“Elsewhere across England and Wales it’ll be a bit cloudy and dull to begin with but we should see some sunny spells in the afternoon.
“It’ll be pleasantly warm for most of us but a bit humid in the east tomorrow.”
Mr Keates said that more heavy rain was expected late on Thursday and overnight on Friday.
It comes as temperature records for the year were smashed on Wednesday, with the mercury climbing to almost 30C in some places.
Northolt in west London peaked at 28.3C on Wednesday afternoon, surpassing Tuesday’s record of 26.1C in Cardiff, and meaning the UK recorded its third successive warmest day of 2021.
Parts of Surrey and Kent also saw temperatures of between 27 and 28C, while the village of Hawarden in Flintshire reached 26.5C to become Wales’ own warmest day of the year.
Scotland also recorded its hottest days of 2021 with Achnagart reaching 25.4C, while the 23.3C in Ballywatticock, Northern Ireland, matched its previous warmest day of the year.
UK Weather Forecast
Fairly cloud with a little rain over parts of north England, south and west Scotland and at first Northern Ireland. Either side brightening up with some good sunshine at times and feeling pleasant despite temperatures for many down on Wednesdays.
Clear spells for many. Chilly in southwest with some fog. Cloudier in Northern Ireland with a little rain. Another warm night in the southeast with some heavy rain possible later.
Cloudy but perhaps close in the southeast with some rain at times. Fine with good sunny spells elsewhere and dry for most, though spots of rain for the far northwest.