UK weather: Five-day heatwave kicks off with sun 26C warmer than Turkey en route

Temperatures are set to soar in parts of the UK, with some areas even being recorded as hotter than Istanbul, with the mercury expected to hit 26C before the end of the week.

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Met Office forecast dry conditions with highs of 20

Sun-seekers expect Turkish delight… as parts of Britain leave Istanbul in the shade.

As the city that straddles Europe and Asia will struggle to rise above 18C (64F) this week, a five-day heat wave kicks off with 23C in London, along with warmer temperatures than the average elsewhere.

And the mercury could hit a dazzling 26C in the south before the end of the week – meaning some of us are in for the hottest day of the year so far.

A balmy 22C on the south coast today saw millions of people pack beaches, parks and pub gardens.

Hotspots included Lyme Regis in Dorset and Branksome Beach in Bournemouth, where morning sunbathers bathed in the sea, while Brighton’s seafront hosted a children’s parade during its annual festival of art and community.

Mercury is expected to remain in the 20s for the next few days


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Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “We are likely to see these warm and much warmer than average temperatures across the UK. Ultraviolet light levels will likely be high.

Supermarkets braced for a rush of burgers and beers as many families dusted off their backyard barbecues for the start of barbecue season.

But unfortunately for people in the Midlands and further north, the best weather of the week will be today, with sunny spells giving highs of 20C.

The hottest day of the year so far was April 15, when the mercury hit 23.4C at St James’s Park in London.

People can enjoy the hot sun before the end of the week


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The bookmakers now think this month will be a record.

Coral was today giving 4-5 odds for heat records to be broken, and it even bid for this summer to be the hottest on record in the UK – topping the 38.7C set in Cambridge in July 2019.

The bookmaker’s John Hill said: “It’s going to feel like summer has come early over the next few days. Due to soaring temperatures, we have reduced the chances of this month ending with a record-breaking May.

“Looking further ahead, we are now ensuring there is a record hot summer and we are not ruling out the UK having its highest temperature on record.”

The prediction, along with the prospect of strikes affecting airport travellers, could encourage people to scrap plans for a summer holiday abroad.

British Airways check-in staff are being voted for industrial action in their battle to get their full pay reinstated after taking a 10% pay cut during the pandemic.

The airline has already cut thousands of flights due to staff shortages this year.

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