BBC Weather: Europe forecast mix of sunshine and downpours
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Sunny skies and hot temperatures are set to stay across the first weekend of June after parts of the UK baked in 27C degree heat in one of hottest weeks of 2021 so far. The first week of the month is already shaping up to be better than what was a remarkably miserable May, marred by wet weather and sub-average temperatures throughout much of the month.
But despite a wet start to Friday in some areas this morning, the weekend is shaping up to be a fine one in the majority of areas.
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Cooler and wetter on Friday in the south east but it will be fine elsewhere with still some warm sunshine.
“A warm front coming in from the continent is likely to turn things wetter as we start off Friday.
“Large areas of thunderstorms over the near continent and the remnants of these are drifting north during Friday morning.”
Weather maps for today, Friday, June 4, show temperatures reaching a pleasant 20C in some parts of the country, with the west coast and Wales seeing the warmest of temperatures.
Areas like Manchester, Cardiff and Gloucestershire are all expected to hit the 20C mark or thereabouts, with slightly cooler temperatures of 17C expected in London, Brighton, and Norwich.
The Met Office forecast for Friday reads: “Cloudy in the east and southeast with some rain, perhaps heavy at times mainly in the far southeast.
“Sunny spells elsewhere, particularly Wales, west and north England.
“Warm in sunshine. The odd shower for Northern Ireland and west Scotland.”
As we proceed into the weekend, fine and dry weather is expected across much of the UK, with the warmest spots expected to be in central England.
Sunshine is expected to continue on Saturday morning although some outbreaks of rain remain possible in some eastern areas.
Maps show some localized rain and cloud across coastal areas in the south east of England, but this is expected to clear up by the later morning.
London is expected to see 21C by 1pm on Saturday, with Birmingham, Manchester, York and Lincoln all expected to reach the 20C mark.
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Things will also heat up as the day goes on, with the Met Office predicting highs of 23C for London on Saturday.
As the weekend draws to a close, maps show that temperatures are likely to remain pleasant in England, while dropping slightly in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
London will maintain its 23C heat streak, but coastal areas in the south are predicted to see temperatures drop into the late teens.
Rain is also expected across the south west and coastal Wales on Sunday evening, with cloud also expected to cover much of England except from the north west, which is expected to see bright sunshine all day long.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The weekend weather for the southwest will consist of scattered showers but sunny spells in between with temperatures remaining above average for the time of year, although not as warm as has been seen this week.
“Night-time temperatures will be cool, likely in the single figures on Saturday and Sunday night but daytime temperatures will continue to stay warm for the time of year.
“This is largely thanks to a high-pressure system moving in from the Atlantic Ocean which will keep temperatures relatively warm for much of the UK.”
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