UK weather: Hottest weekend of the year for Euro 2020 ahead of 31C sizzler

Temperatures are set to soar from Sunday sparking a heatwave of up to three days (Image: JOE NEWMAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Brits are set to enjoy the hottest weekend of the year as the Euros kick off with a 31C sizzler this Sunday.

Forecasters have said they expect a heatwave to last up to four days in parts of the UK as the balmy weather continues this week.

By Sunday, when England will open up their campaign against Croatia at Wembley, temperatures could soar as high as 31C.

Pubs are expecting to be packed to the rafters with Brits with punters flocking to beer gardens to watch the game and enjoy the sun.

Metereologists say the weather with be hottest in the South and East where the mercury could sail past 31C next week.

According to the Met Office the whole country will see rising temperatures due to high pressure coming from the Portuguese islands of the Azores.

Fans are expected to flock to beer gardens to cheer on the team on Sunday
(Image: JOE NEWMAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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The Met said in a blog post on Tuesday that "temperatures, particularly in the south, are likely to reach the mid, to possibly high 20s over the next few days and into the weekend.

After a cloudy spell on Thursday for most of the UK the skies are looking to brighten with sunny spells before things turn "very warm" in the southeast by Friday.

On Saturday there looks likely to be a cool period before the mercury tips into the 30s as a blast of heat sweeps in on Sunday.

Met Office spokesperson Graham Madge told the Mirror today that temperatures could hit 31C and the weather could reach "heatwave territory".

A heatwave is defined by meteorologists as a period of uninterrupted and exceptionally high temperatures.

The sizzling heat of the past few weeks is expected to continue into next week
(Image: Daily Star)

Mr Madge said there are different temperature thresholds for meeting heatwave criteria depending on where you are in the UK.

Hotter regions like London need to be 28C or higher to meet the criteria while the majority of the UK needs to tip 25C.

"According to our models we could see on Tuesday parts of the country seeing their third day of heatwave conditions," he said.

"By Monday and Tuesday we're expecting temperatures to topping out at 29C an isolated 31C is not beyond the realms of possibility but it's harder to be certain about those."

The Met Office says temperatures in the 30s possible next week
(Image: Met Office)

The mercury will be hottest in the south and east, forecasters say
(Image: Met Office)

Ladbrokes has already said that "temperatures will smash 30C this week" and the betting agency has a 4/5 shot for a hosepipe ban to be issued this month.

The mercury is due to be hottest in the South and East – places like Buckingham, Oxford, London, Kent and Essex.

Ladbrokes has already said that "temperatures will smash 30C this week" and the betting agency has a 4/5 shot for a hosepipe ban to be issued this month.

Today

Cloudy start for many. Brightening up for most with warm sunny spells but the odd shower possible. Staying cloudy for some western parts with some light rain in far west.

Tonight

Cloudy with light rain and drizzle in western areas, heavy at times in northwest Scotland. Dry further east with clear spells but low cloud, mist and fog in south later.

Tomorrow

Brighter and fresher in north with scattered showers. Cloudier across central and southern parts with rain at times in west. Sunny spells and very warm in southeast.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

A brief dip in the mercury is expected on Saturday before temperatures soar up to a sizzling 31C into next week. Very warm for many but nearer normal in the north, the Met Office says.

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