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Britain to cool down after bank holiday scorcher


British people have returned to work after a record-breaking bank holiday Monday, with parts of the country baking in temperatures of nearly 29C.

Many will have been wondering if the weekend scorcher marked the start of a sweltering summer, or if the UK’s typically unpredictable weather will take a turn for the worst.

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson has dampened hopes of another heatwave, saying there is nothing to suggest the UK can expect one in the next two weeks.

She explained that a jet stream, a narrow band of strong wind, will move south across the country throughout this week.

She said: “That will bring cooler, more unsettled conditions to the UK, but southeast England could see 28C again today.

“There will be spells of wind and rain in the north and west over the next few days, but southeast England will see very little rain.

“Temperatures will return to near normal, but it will be on the cool side in the west.”

Rain or showers will be more widespread by the weekend, she added.

Forecasters have said it is too early to predict what temperatures Harry and Meghan can expect on their big day on Saturday 19 May.

Joanna Robinson said that the UK can expect a “good deal of dry weather” throughout next week but there will still be showers and longer spells of rain.

She added: “Western areas look most at risk, but thunderstorms will threaten the south.”

The Met Office has recorded temperatures on Tuesday of 25C in London in the southeast, 16C in Bristol in the southwest, 20C in Manchester in the northwest and 16C in Newcastle in the northeast.

But there has been heavy rain in northwest Wales and cloud-cover down the west coast of the country.

On Monday, a record high of 28.7C was reported at Northolt, west London, at 4pm – beating the previous high of 28.6C seen in 1995.

That was the hottest ever May Day bank holiday, beating the previous high of 23.6C set in 1999.

Veron Pimm, accompanied by his canine passenger Bibi, kayaks along the River Thames close to Boulter's Lock in Maidenhead Riverside, Berkshire. Sun worshippers are set to sizzle in the spring heatwave, with Bank Holiday Monday forecast to be the hottest since records began. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 6, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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A kayaker and his dog go for a paddle on the River Thames on Sunday

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans told Sky News: “Through this week it’s fairly unsettled and temperatures are falling, coming down to the average temperature of around 13 to 14C for the UK.

“But at this time of year it’s very difficult to say what the average temperature is because the weather changes so much.”

Mrs Yemons continued: “There’s a chance next week will be drier with higher temperatures, but it’s still very early to say about next week.”



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