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‘Iberian plume’ to bring 23C heat to Britain as maps show when it will hit

In Europe
April 27, 2024

Weather maps are showing that an Iberian plume is set to bring a balmy 23C heatwave to the UK. WX Charts indicate that a wave of hot air will be moving towards Britain in the coming weeks.

The mercury is expected to rise into double digits as the warmer weather rolls in. This hotter spell will spread across the country during May, with even northern areas seeing highs of 17C.

This shift in weather comes after Brits have been dealing with wet and windy conditions throughout April. The Met Office explains that a ‘Spanish plume’, also known as an Iberian plume, is a weather pattern that brings a higher risk of thunderstorms within an air mass travelling north from Iberia.

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This hotter spell will spread across the country during May

This hotter spell will spread across the country during May -Credit:Getty Images

Spanish plumes typically affect southern areas of the UK, with southeastern and southern England most at risk, according to Express reports. These areas are closest to the source of the warm plume of air – so it is here that the contrast between warm and cool air masses is greatest, reports Birmingham Live.

Jim Dale, a weather expert from British Weather Services, said: “The next two weeks will be punctuated by some warmer weather at times and by that I mean temperature ranging from 17C to 21C across the UK. In between that, it will be cooler. We are taking smaller and more natural steps towards the warmer days.”

“There will be choppy weather in the next few days. We will soon warm up and there is everything to play for as we move forward. You will find Spain, France, Portugal already witnessing high temperatures which is classic for this time of the year.”

“As May unfolds properly, we do start to see a bit warm Iberian, as we put it. But there is no consistency on the charts as on yet. But things can change very quickly. We are nearly two weeks away from that point, so we need to wait and watch.”

In its long-range forecast between April 30 and May 9, the Met Office has predicted: “The period is likely to start with areas of organised rain and/or showers in the west, and largely dry conditions in the east although a scattering of showers developing by day. As the week progresses these more organised areas of rain and showers are likely to slide southeast to affect southern parts of the UK, with drier weather in northern, especially northwestern UK.”

“Winds will gradually turn from southerly to easterly, with a chance of rain or even thundery showers for a time in the east and southeast. Temperatures likely to trend upwards, with the chance of a warm to very warm spell in some southern and eastern parts, before conditions probably turn gradually drier, cooler and more settled from the west towards the end of the period.”

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