Temperatures set to soar as heatwave will finally arrive in Stoke-on-Trent

It feels like we have been waiting for the summer weather to start for for a while, with temperatures though May and the start of June staying stubbornly chilly. But the weather has started to improve and by Friday, it looks like things will have heated up considerably.

Forecasters say the UK could be in for its hottest June ever, with temperatures reaching 32C in some areas – hotter than Hawaii, where it will be a modest 29C. The heatwave is down to a ‘Spanish plume’ which will bring tropical weather to our shores, they say.

The Met Office is forecasting a dry week with warm, sunny spells and much lighter winds than we have seen over the weekend. In Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle, it will be a pleasant 19C on Tuesday. As the Spanish plume hits on Wednesday, it will get steadily warmer, with the mercury set to hit 26C on Friday, June 17. It will be just slightly cooler in the Moorlands at 25C.

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Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Heat is building across Spain and that heat pushes into France and the northern edge of that starts to influence the next of next week. As well as that there is some instability on the northern edge of that week so there is the potential for some thunderstorms to move up from the Continent.”

The predicted hot weather is the remnants of ex-Tropical Storm Alex bringing warm, humid air to the UK.

Bookmakers are offering 3-1 on that the monthly average could be the hottest on record. The south of the UK will see the hottest temperatures. The hottest single June days saw 35.6C, recorded in 1957 and 1976.

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