Highs of 27C can be expected by parts of England (Image: NurPhoto/PA Images)
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A miserable grey spell in parts of the UK looks set to be swept away by a six-day heatwave bringing highs of 27C to England in July.
Parts of Britain have been hit by torrential downpour and dark clouds over the past week as yellow thunderstorm warnings were issued across England and Wales.
But skies look set to brighten over the coming weeks with the mercury soaring close to 30C, if the latest weather charts prove accurate.
The capital has the best chance of seeing scorching highs after the hottest UK temperature on record for 2021 was 28.8C at Heathrow Airport on June 14.
Temperatures could also reach the low 20s for parts of the South West and a week of uninterrupted sunshine could arrive at the end of June, according Netweather.tv.
Recent reports have suggested hot air from Northern Africa could push temperatures over 30C in London and the Home Counties, Somerset Live reports.
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Netweather said of the start of July: “There is a signal for pressure to become relatively high to the east of the UK which may result in rather warmer weather establishing especially in the east of Britain, with winds blowing from the south or south west, and potential for thundery outbreaks.”
Netweather’s temperature charts show at the start of July, the mercury in most parts of the UK will rise to as high as 27C (80.6F) as a new warm front sweeps in from the Azores.
Based on GFS model data, the charts turn dark red on July 1 and show the high pressure coming in from France and covering most parts of the UK, reports The Express.
England looks set for a return to the balmy weather of a few weeks ago
The charts show the trend starts immediately on July 1 at the height of the day at 3pm when the mercury could reach as high as 25C (77F) in south east England.
On Friday, July 2, the mercury will be slightly higher as temperatures soar as high as 27C (80.6F) in London and south east England.
Similar temperatures could also be experienced on July 6.
Netweather's charts show sizzling temperatures across parts of the UK
Other parts of England will see temperatures range between 16C (60.8F) and 21C (69.8F) whilst Scotland and Wales will see more modest ranges of between 14 and 18C (57.2-64.4F).
The same charts show the temperatures will start to climb on Friday, with highs of 25C expected in London. The mercury will hover anywhere between 16-22C for most parts of the South West.
The hot weather looks set to last until Tuesday, July 6, with highs of 27C forecast in London and the east, but temperatures could climb to 23C in the South West.
Met Office five-day forecast for UK Today
Parts of southern England will see rain, perhaps heavy near the south coast – under any persistent rain feeling cool, emphasised by a brisk breeze. Elsewhere odd showers are possible but many areas dry with some sunshine and pleasantly warm.
Rain in the south easing, though odd heavier bursts may continue in the southeast – cloudier areas here staying quite mild. Elsewhere dry with clear spells, and turning out chilly.
Rain in the far south and southeast clearing, then some sunshine for many areas and with light winds, it should feel pleasantly warm. Northwestern UK turning cloudy and damp later.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday
Cloudy in the north and west with occasional light rain and drizzle, perhaps some heavier and more prolonged rain in the northwest on Thursday. Mostly dry and bright elsewhere.