Is Britain about to get its first mini-heatwave of 2023? Country could get hotter than Morocco this week with temperatures predicted to soar to 25C – and stay high into June

  • Thursday is set to be the hottest day of the year so far, predicts the Met Office 

Britain will be hotter than Morocco this week as a mini heatwave sweeps over the nation, causing temperatures to soar.

Forecasters are predicting the hottest day of the year on Thursday, with sweltering highs of 25C in the southwest of England. 

The Met Office said it could be warmer than parts of Morocco, which is experiencing below-average temperatures for this time of year. According to its estimates, capital city Rabat is set to see 24C while Casablanca will likely hit 22C on Thursday. 

And the high temperatures are expected to continue over the weekend and into the first week of June – as the bank holiday and half-term break kicks in.

News of the mini-heatwave comes as after Britain recorded its highest temperature of the year, 23.3C, in Porthmadog, Wales, on Sunday.

Hundreds of people in Dorset packed onto Weymouth beach on Saturday as temperatures hit 22C

And in Sheffield, families basked in the sun at the city’s Botanical Gardens as the hot weather arrived after a damp and dismal few weeks

Many Brits headed to parks and gardens to make the most of the sun, after a dismal few weeks of rain.

In Dorset, hundreds of sunseekers were pictured packing onto the beach in Weymouth, with others enjoyed trips on the River Cam in Cambridge or picnics in the park in Sheffield. 

Speaking of the weather still to come, a spokesman from the Met Office told MailOnline: ‘Temperatures are forecast to gradually increase to 24C potentially 25C by Thursday and 24C for Friday.

‘Highs this week will be in eastern Wales, the West Midlands, south-west of England. We have an onshore breeze in the south-east, which will keep temperatures slightly lower here.’

Despite the predicted breeze, temperatures could still reach 24C in London by the end of the week – that will make it hotter than Ibiza, which is expected to be hit by thundery showers. 

The Met Office said other parts of the UK will see temperatures in the low 20s as far north as southern Scotland. However, the east coast will feel cooler at around 16C to 18C. 

And temperatures at night will continue to be chilly throughout May, the forecasters said, with the potential for frost in rural areas on Tuesday evening.  

Temperatures are predicted to hit 25C on Thursday in some parts of the UK – hotter than Morocco. Pictured are people enjoying the River Cam in Cambridge on Sunday 

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern tweeted a European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts chart showing warmer-than-average temperatures are expected to continue into June, if not beyond.

Tom Morgan, an operational meteorologist at the Met Office, confirmed the warm weather looks likely to stay. 

‘The rest of May looks predominantly settled, largely dry and often sunny,’ he told The Telegraph. 

‘The temperatures look to be a little bit warmer than average for the rest of the month. Early forecasts for June show an initial continuation of the warm weather.’

Today is set to be dry, with plenty of sunshine. It will start cloudy in Scotland tomorrow, with some light rain in the west, but otherwise it will be a dry day with sunny spells.

The rest of the week will remain settled, with further warm and sunny weather in the south, but it will be cloudier in the northwest with patchy rain.

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