BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts weekend scorcher in late summer heat

BBC Weather forecasts rising temperatures across the UK

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BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood has said temperatures will rise by Saturday in the south of England after a week of cloud and drizzle. She said: “Through the day we will see the cloud across southern Scotland, parts of northern England and Northern Ireland break allowing sunshine to come through.

“There is an area of cloud close to the Isle of Man at the moment that might sweep in across Northern Ireland and if it does, at worst you’ll have bright spells rather than sunny spells.

“Whereas for much of England and Wales it’s going to be cloudy.

“There will be some drizzle especially across the midlands and East Anglia.

“But the cloud should break up across southern counties of England through the afternoon and breezy across the English Channel.

“Temperatures in the sunshine today could reach similar levels to yesterday.”

She added: “In the weekend things start to change.

“High pressure drifts over towards Scandinavia but you can see weather fronts are trying to come in from the Atlantic but note the colour change on the map, that’s telling you the temperatures are going to rise.

“For the last couple of weeks it has been very warm across parts of Scotland but it’s been cooler across parts of England.”

UK weather: Met Office predicts cloudy south and sunshine in north

Scotland and Northern Ireland have enjoyed one of their hottest summers on record, while parts of England saw more rainfall and less sunshine than usual.

The summer of 2021 saw a mix of weather across the UK, with the north and west experiencing a warmer, drier and sunnier season compared to the average, while parts of the South East have been duller and wetter than average.

Northern Ireland experienced its third warmest summer on record, with an average temperature of 15.06C, and also recorded its highest temperature on record with 31.3C on July 21 at Castlederg in County Tyrone.

The Met Office said some regions of Scotland – including Glasgow where the Cop26 climate summit will be held – had their hottest summer since records began in 1884.

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Scotland experienced its fourth warmest summer on record with a mean average temperature of 13.76C.

Wales had its 15th warmest summer with an average temperature of 15.13C, while England had its 12th warmest summer on record with an average temperature of 16.23C.

The UK as a whole has had its ninth hottest summer on record, with an average of 15.28C – the hottest summer for the UK since 2018.

Eastern and north-east England had an average temperature of 15.64C and its seventh warmest summer on record, while south-east England had an average temperature of 16.78C, the area’s joint 19th warmest summer with 1959.

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