Over the weekend, a “unusual” burst of warm October weather is expected to reach areas of the UK.
England and Wales will have plenty of sunlight and temperatures considerably above the country’s average of 13 degrees Celsius for the month.
Forecasters predict highs of roughly 26 degrees Celsius on Sunday, making the country warmer than Los Angeles in California and European beach locations such as Mykonos in Greece.
Meanwhile, heavy rain will fall throughout much of Scotland beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend.
The Met Office’s Greg Dewhurst said, “It’s been very hot in Europe in recent days, and that warm air is going to drift in across quite a bit of the country on Friday and the weekend.”
“There is heavy rain in parts of Scotland, so the warm spells of sunshine will not be seen everywhere.”
“Temperatures on Friday should reach highs of around 22C, Saturday around about 25C and then Sunday around 26C, which we last saw in October in 2018.”
He continued: “It’s not unheard of, but it’s on the unusual side.”
The highest temperature recorded in the UK in October was 29.9 degrees Celsius at Gravesend, Kent, in 2011.
It follows the UK’s joint hottest September on record last month, when the average mean temperature reached 15.2 degrees Celsius, matching the previous record established in 2006.
Early in the month, much of the UK was hit by a heatwave, with temperatures reaching 33.2 degrees Celsius in Kew Gardens in London on September 9 – the hottest day of the year.