Sunny Saturday could see a maximum temperature of 24C

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Temperatures are heating up for the weekend as most of Britain can expect to be drenched in sunshine.

However, the Met Office warned that a sun-drenched Saturday, which would be ideal for a barbecue, could be followed by heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Saturday could be “16-19C broadly, with 24C the maximum possible in the southeast and that would make it the hottest day of the year so far,” according to Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern.

Widespread sunlight will be present from the north of Scotland to the south of England, with only a few patchy clouds in the north and west.

The warm air is also likely to bring some heavy rain.

McGivern said: “By Saturday night those showers will appear in the south west and spread quite a bit into the south of England and south Wales.

“In some places it would be just a period of rain, but for central and southern England and the south coast there is a risk of frequent heavy downpours, thunderstorms and lightning.”

Sunday looks like another warm day.

Warm air from North Africa is expected to bring above-average temperatures for May to most parts of the UK over the next week, but will be interrupted by potentially heavy or stormy showers.

The Met Office said parts of the southeast could see highs for the week of 25C-27C.

People enjoy a boat ride on the River Cam in Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) / PA cord

Met Office spokesman Richard Miles said “at the moment, Tuesday appears to be the warmest day of the week.”

Throughout the week, some people will enjoy warm and sunny spells, but heavy rain is expected across the country, particularly in the north and west.

These can be stormy at times in parts of the south, central England and south west Scotland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “The plume of warm air we expected from the south will bring higher temperatures across the country over the next week.

“However, it appears that the effects of the Atlantic lows will prevent a sustained high pressure from building up from the east.

“This means that while we may see some warm days, and in very warm places, in general, next week will feel more like what we would expect from a warm spell in May, with some heavy rain, rather than warmer weather. hot summer ”

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