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Most of Britain can expect to be bathed in sunshine over the coming week as temperatures climb to a possible high of 27C in what would be the hottest time of the year. ‘year.

Saturday could be “16-19C widely – with 24C the maximum possible in the south-east”, according to Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern.

Widespread sunshine should be present from northern Scotland to southern England, with only a few scattered clouds in northern and western parts.

However, the Met Office has warned that a sunny Saturday, which would be ideal for a barbecue, could be followed by heavy rain and thunderstorms as the air warms.

“By Saturday evening, these showers would appear in the southwest [of England]spreading quite widely across southern England and southern Wales,” McGivern said.

“In some places it would only be a rainy spell, but for central and southern England and the south coast there is a risk of heavy showers, thunderstorms and frequent lightning.”

Sunday was to be another beautiful 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 it will be interrupted by potentially heavy showers or thunderstorms.

The Met Office said parts of the south east could potentially reach maximum temperatures for the week of 25C-27C.

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

Throughout the week, some people will enjoy warm sunny spells, but heavy showers are expected to move across the country, especially in the north and west. These can be stormy at times in parts of southern, 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 Atlantic lows will prevent the development of sustained high pressures from the east.

“This means that while we could see some hot days – and in very hot places – overall next week will be more like what we would expect from a heat wave in May, with some heavy showers around , rather than hot summer weather. ”

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