Hottest summer ever expected with four more record-breaking heatwaves this year

Tomorrow (May 9), sunseekers will bake in the first of five monster heatwaves set to make this summer Britain’s hottest ever.

The Met Office said temperatures in London could blast to a “hazy” 23C by tommorow afternoon, with things getting hotter than parts of Turkey and Mexico over the next five days.

In the next fortnight, the UK is set to boil under 30C heat when blazing sunshine will be driven by a plume of hot air sweeping from Italy and France.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “The overall summer forecast is now pointing towards at least four or five major heatwaves.

“These will build throughout the summer months, but at the moment, August looks the most likely to bring these blasts of very hot weather.

“The first major spell of summer could arrive as soon as late May.”

A sizzling weekend saw millions of people pack beaches, parks and beer gardens, with the south coast yesterday at a balmy 22C.

The Met Office’s three-month outlook put the probability of hot weather this summer approaching double that of normal years.

It said there was a “40% chance” the summer “will be significantly hotter than average”, with only a 10% probability of a cooler than normal season.

The record for the UK’s hottest day is 38.7C set in Cambridge recorded in July 2019.

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said high pressure driven by the jet stream “arching” north of the UK will boost the hot spell towards the end of the week.

British Weather Services’ meteorologist Jim Dale said next weekend will be perfect for firing barbecues.

He added: “We have two good weekends on the way, but it is next weekend when it starts to really feel warm.”

Bookies are already predicting this year will experience the fiercest height on record in Britain.

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Ladbrokes has slashed odds from 7/4 to just 10/11 on the “hottest summer ever being recorded this year”.

It offered 4/1 on the 38.7C record tumbling and 6/1 on a record-setting heatwave sparking a hosepipe ban.

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “The odds suggest record-breaking temperatures could well be on the cards as we prepare to strap in and strip off for a summer scorcher.”

Coral is giving odds of 4/5 for heat records being broken, and offering evens for this summer to be the UK’s hottest on record.

Forecasters have also warned that extreme heat could prompt “lively” lightning and hailstorms.

Experts also warn the sizzling temperatures are the latest sign of the looming climate crisis.

The Met Office said heatwaves – defined as three to five consecutive days of extreme temperatures – are being driven by “above average sea surface temperatures” and “the warming of the UK climate consistent with wider global warming trends”.

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