Kent took advantage of much needed warmer weather this week, as memories of a positive start to winter in May slowly fade.
Thankfully, the recent rise in temperatures appears to be here to stay, as forecasters predict the already anticipated hot holiday will result in an even longer heat wave.
There will be particularly hot areas in parts of the country, with temperatures in the UK ranging from 23 ° C to 25 ° C.
By comparison, the Spanish party destination Ibiza is expected to be 24C, and even Malibu in California will only see highs of 22C.
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Met Office forecasters even said the “top 20s” were on the cards from midweek into a scorching start until June.
“The high pressure is setting in and keeping the weather front at bay for once. This peak is until Saturday, Sunday and even Monday holiday,” said Alex Deakin of the Met.
“In general, over the long weekend for the most part, it feels dry, a few sunny spells and certainly a lot warmer than much of May.”
This could mean that the seaside towns of Kent, from the seaside resorts of Thanet to Folkestone, could see an influx of people hitting the sand and maybe even going out for a paddle in the sea.
On the roads, there is expected to be heavy congestion of the 11 million day trippers across the country, according to data from RAC.
Although Kent may not be as much of a honeypot as big names like Blackpool or Brighton. expect traffic if traveling on weekends.
It’s a welcome change after a miserable April and May so far. Spring washings mean the two months are expected to be the coldest in the UK for 70 years, since 1951, according to Met Office records.
Provisional Met Office figures also show that April recorded the third lowest UK average minimum temperature for the month since records began in 1884, while Wales, Scotland and England have all declared their numbers in their five lowest on record.
But the sun will finally arrive and bring warmer temperatures.
Met forecaster Marco Petagna said: “A long-awaited improvement in the weather will see good conditions for the Bank Holiday weekend, with more sun and higher temperatures.
“We could tap into some really hot southerly draft next week, certainly with the 20-20 min for many, and maybe the 20-20 min locally in the south.”
Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze agrees: “Forecast models suggest the highest temperatures of the year could be reached by Monday, with the possibility of very hot weather next week. . “
It might even look like a “heat wave” after months of cold.
MetDesk added: “Holiday weekend may not be a heatwave by official definition – but it will definitely look like it after the last few weeks.”
The forecast for the next 5 days
Dry with varying amounts of cloud but a few clear periods at times, particularly in Kent. A low risk of light showers. Becoming cold at dawn, with a chance of fog or shallow fog in places. Minimum temperature 6C.
Rather cloudy at first but a little sun in the east, becoming predominant thereafter. Hot. Cloudy near the coast in the evening. Maximum temperature 23C.
Outlook from Sunday to Tuesday
Dry and warm during this time, but possibly cooler along the Kent coast, with a risk of low cloud and fog at times, mainly overnight.