Temperatures have dropped down to the mid to low teens this week after a weekend of scorching heat which saw the hottest London Marathon on record – but they could be set to rise again in time for the May Bank Holiday.
Forecasters have predicted a return of the spring sunshine, with temperatures rising up to 18C in the South East by the middle of next week.
Brian Gaze from Weather Outlook warns that while temperatures will fluctuate over the course of the next few weeks, temperatures could jump back up for the approaching May Bank Holiday.
Britain could be set to bask in the ‘Beauty from the East’ which will see the onset of a high pressure front, bringing warmer air from the East to the West.
Mr Gaze explained: “We could see temperatures picking back up from the Bank Holiday weekend, in the second week of May.
“There’s a chance of high pressure blowing over continental Europe, that could lead to warm air settling in the South East of England.
“My view is that it’s likely that we could see temperatures of up to 23C, with the warmer spell lasting between three to five days.”
Mr Gaze added that the weather would be “chilly and unsettled” for a while but there are indications that it could rise again by early May.
Britons will be pleased to welcome back the warmer temperatures after the country enjoyed unusually hot April weather last week.
Temperatures soared to 29 degrees last week, with balmy temparatures on Thursday making it the hottest April day for almost 70 years.
If temperatures are the same in May, it would meet the Met Office’s definition of a heatwave -5C or more above the average temperature for that month.
But the Met Office’s John West said the weather would be “trundling along on average temperatures”.
He said: “We might have some spells of warmer weather but they’ll be rather short-lived and transient.
“We’ll be seeing changeable weather, with temperatures dropping to 4-5C in some parts of Scotland this week.
“There’s no suggestion that in May we are going to experience a heatwave.”
Weather Company meteorologist Eleanor Bell said: “A cooler north-westerly flow will see temperatures fall 2 to 4 degrees below normal for the time of year this weekend and into early next week as the flow veers north-easterly.
“From Tuesday 1st May temperatures will begin to rise again as an approaching area of low pressure will bring warmer air from the west/south-west with temperatures back towards normal around the middle of next week.
“To end next week there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers with some prolonged spells of sunshine possible over the south as higher pressure builds there.”
She added: “Although there does remain uncertainty in the forecast we are not currently expecting a 10 day heatwave.”
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