BBC Weather: Britain set for another scorcher today before big change next week
BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas warned of rising humidity for much of England and Wales today as a plume of scorching heat from Africa pushes into Europe. Despite the soaring heat across southern parts of the UK, Ms Keith-Lucas warned of heavy and thundery showers for Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and northern England throughout Saturday.
She continued: “Further south across England and Wales, we are looking at a dry day with those southerly breezes developing.
“Top temperatures will be up to 33C or 34C. Quite widely in the low thirties for England and Wales.
“Typically, the mid-twenties for Scotland and for Northern Ireland. Into the evening hours and a fine evening for many across central and eastern parts of England.
“But some heavy showers again for northern England and for Scotland too. Heavy showers and thunderstorms push their way out towards the east through tonight with something a little bit fresher following on from the west.
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“So, not quite as hot and muggy as it was last night across the northwest of the UK. But still 16C or 17C towards the southeast in the overnight low.
“So it could be still quite a humid start to the day on Sunday. But in general Sunday will feel different to today – a much fresher day to come with a mixture of sunny spells and a few showers on the cards too.”
The BBC Weather forecaster said the heat across the UK and France will be pushed further east into Europe.
She added: “It will be Germany and Poland that will feel the brunt of that extensive heatwave through the course of tomorrow.
“But for us it is going to be a fresher feel to the day – a mix of sunshine and showers.
France recorded its hottest day ever today as temperatures hit 45.8C in Gallargues-le-Montueux on Friday.
Spain is also suffering what is thought to be its worst wildfires in 20 years in Catalonia, which the BBC forecaster warned is likely to continue in over the weekend.
Temperatures are set to be in the low forties across southern France on Saturday, in another day of soaring heat for the continent.
On Thursday and Friday, schools and nurseries across France were forced to close as the country struggles to cope with the soaring hot temperatures.
For four days now, French authorities have continued to send warnings to the population, with continuous messages on mass media urging residents to keep hydrated and protect themselves as much as possible from the heat.