BANK HOLIDAY SCORCHER: Hottest summer in more than a CENTURY to kick off THIS weekend

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The bank Discount Holidays © holiday scorcher will kick off the hottest summer in more than a century

Despite the chilly temperatures and grey skies things are about to change as the mercury rockets back into the 70Fs from Friday. The best of the blue skies and sunshine will be away from the south which is braced for some heavy downpours over the holiday. Thermometers will nudge 23C (73F) in parts of the UK with even the far north looking at highs of around 17C (62F).

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It is becoming warmer

Met Office spokesman

As Britain welcomes the start of the meteorological summer next month, forecasters say this could herald the start of a long hot season. Above-average temperatures are likely through until the start of August with a good chance of seeing 30C (86F) within weeks. Some experts say the all-time high of 38.5C (101F) is under threat meaning this summer could break all records.

In the immediate future things will start to pick up from tomorrow with the mercury lifting to 20C (68F) widely.

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Britain could see temperatures reaching 30C within weeks

The outlook for the weekend and the bank Discount Holidays © holiday is for more of the same with only the south-east and coastal regions missing out on the glorious weather. Leon Brown forecaster for The Weather Company, said: The weather in the north and west will be best.

High pressure will remain in the north and low pressure in the south, this means easterly breezes, so the east coast will be quite chilly.

Away from the east coast, it will feel pleasantly warm with temperatures in the 19 to 23C range.

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The bank Discount Holidays © holiday is expected to be hot with blue skies and sunshine

Residents in the south should keep a brolly handy.

Southern counties of England and Wales are likely to see showers on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with some locally heavy downpours and thunder. A Met Office spokesman added: Rain is forecast across northern England on Friday which will ease gradually.

Many places will then be dry with sunny spells but some heavy showers developing in southern areas.

It is becoming warmer generally.

A blistering heat surge from the Continent at the start of next month will kick start a stream of major heatwaves predicted through the summer. An unusual set of meteorological circumstances appear to have converged ahead of what could be a historic summer. The jet stream is poised to make a dramatic swing northwards opening the floodgates to scorching air from Africa and the Continent.

Unlike in other years, its path and activity have been affected by a monster El Nino event which has led to a drastic alteration in ocean temperatures. El Nino set in last year raising temperatures in the eastern Pacific and now having neared the end of it s cycle looks likely to trigger a La Nina event. La Nina sees ocean temperatures drop with the strength of the event linked to the intensity of the preceding El Nino.

Such huge variations in sea and atmospheric temperatures have a knock-on effect on weather and climate across the globe.

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This year saw the hottest May in four years

This drastically alters the way air moves between the tropical and so-called mid-latitude regions which includes the UK. Rebecca Lindsay, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) said: This shift disrupts the atmospheric circulation patterns that connect the tropics with the middle latitudes, which in turn modifies the mid-latitude jet streams.

This can affect temperature and precipitation across the world. The peak of this cycle has coincidentally fallen just as Britain enters the summer months prompting forecasts of huge temperature and weather extremes in the coming months.

El Nino was linked to the unusual number of Atlantic storms which battered the UK through the autumn with the resulting southern oscillation – variations in wind and temperatures – now in the driving seat for the summer. After weeks of uncertainty, long-range forecasts have in the past few days started to agree that an imminent and perhaps unprecedented heatwave summer is on the way.

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El Nino was linked to the unusual number of Atlantic storms which battered the UK through the autumn

The Met Office s three month outlook has come down on the side of warmer than average temperatures through until August with independent forecasts following suit. Summer 2016 could put previous scorchers which occurred in 1915, 1949,1959, 1976, 2003, firmly in the shade.

Each of these years saw either record high temperatures for a limited time or unusually long periods of hot weather with 35.9C (96.6F) recorded in July 1976. This month brought the hottest May temperatures for four years after the mercury hit 27.1C (81F) at St James Park, London, a fortnight ago. A similar trend, as suggested by some weather models, would see records of 35.6C (96F) in June 1976, 36.7C (98F) in July 2015 and 38.5C (101F) in August 2003 tumble.

James Madden forecaster for Exacta Weather, said summer will kick off towards the end of May as high pressure builds over the Azores Islands. He said a dramatic surge in temperatures will bring the first lengthy hot spell of the summer with three weeks of sunshine and blue skies ahead. He said: We will see high pressure building in across the country to bring dry weather and prolonged periods of sunshine for many.

This will bring a surge in temperatures for many, and temperatures could approach the mid 20s at the very least in places.

As this scenario develops thanks to high pressure from the Azores, we are likely to experience our first prolonged and widespread spell of warm to hot weather across the country, and just in time for the start of the meteorological summer.

There is now a high chance and growing model consensus that we could have at least a two to three-week spell of warm to hot weather from this developing scenario, and with temperatures ranging in the mid to high 20s for many parts of the country.

We can expect these changes to become even more prominent throughout the start of the meteorological summer and in time for the Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday weekend.

Temperatures will be on a gradual increase to even warmer values within this period, and high 20s or even 30C are not out of the question with this type of high pressure set-up over the UK.

Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said Britain is heading towards a tremendous dry, warm and sunny flaming June . He said for most of next month Britain will sizzle under blue skies and scorching sunshine with heatwave conditions almost certain. He said: We are forecasting a tremendous dry warm sunny Flaming June for most of the month.

The start will be dry, warm or hot, with sunny, blue skies.

It will be more variable near the south and east coasts of England while Scotland will be very sunny.

Some great weather is on the way.

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