UK weather: Sunny spells with scattered showers expected
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Britain has experienced one of the warmest September months on record and the balmy conditions are set to continue on Friday and into the weekend. Sunny spells and blue skies are forecast across large areas of the UK this afternoon, with highs of 20C or 21C.
Britons can expect temperature dials to rocket towards 23C or even 24C over the next three days, according the latest maximum temperature charts.
The latest Netweather maps show vast areas of southern and eastern England turning a shade of red from tomorrow.
An area of high pressure is building in Europe and the charts show the warm weather system gradually moving westwards over the next 48-hours.
The mercury is set to reach highs of 23C in the south east of England on Friday.
Central areas of the country can expect highs of 22C by 6pm, with the high-teens forecast elsewhere, according to the weather maps.
Netweather.TV forecaster Terry Scholey said: “Friday continues to see the best of the weather in central southern and eastern parts.
“Temperatures could again reach a summery 22 or 23C in the sunny spells there’ll be on offer, it continues dry here.”
Western areas of the UK and northern parts of Scotland can expect some isolated spells of rain, but temperatures will remain rather pleasant.
Mr Scholey added: “Cloud further north will be thick enough at times to give some patchy mostly light rain or drizzle especially in the west.
“Across the northern half of Scotland however, it’ll be clearer but colder with scattered showers these mainly towards Highland and the Northern Isles.
“Top temperatures away from the east and south 14 to 20C in a moderate or fresh west or southwesterly wind.”
The heat blast is set to strengthen into the weekend and on Saturday an area of high pressure is set to move further northwards, temperature charts suggest.
Mercury is poised to reach 23C or even 24C in southern areas, East Anglia and the North East of England by 6pm.
Central areas are also expected to remain sunny and dry, with temperatures peaking at 21C or 22C.
The Weather Outlook says “Tomorrow [Friday] will be warm in southern and eastern counties.
“Temperatures could reach 24C (75F). In the north and west there is a risk of showery rain at times and it will be windy.
“During Saturday showers could develop, but there should be a good deal of dry weather too.
“In sunny spells it continues to feel warm, particularly in central and eastern counties.”
On Sunday, the warm weather system will continue to grip the country and once again eastern areas are poised for the highest temperatures.
Central and eastern areas are poised to bask in glorious sunshine as the mercury peaks at 24C, the maps suggest.
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The weather system is expected to create a divide across the country, with the threat of showers across northern and western pasts of the UK as the day progress.
The latest Weather Outlook forecast added: “Further showers are possible on Sunday and there is a growing risk of longer spells of rain pushing across the north and west.
“However, much of central and eastern Britain may have a dry, warm and sunny day.”
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