By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 22,2017, 8:14:56AM,EDT
Several days of unseasonable warmth are expected across the United Kingdom later this week and into the Bank Holiday weekend.
High pressure will build to the east of England later this week, pulling very warm air from Spain throughout all of the U.K.
Above-normal warmth is expected all week throughout the U.K., but the most intense heat will begin Thursday.
Temperatures will soar more than 10 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal in many locations on Friday and Saturday.
High temperatures will range from 22-26 C (72-78 F) throughout much of the country on Thursday, though coastal areas will remain several degrees cooler.
Temperatures will climb a few degrees in most locations on Friday and remain unseasonably high on Saturday and Sunday.
“The warmest day could have temperatures as high as 28 C (82 F) in Greater London,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.
“This early warm spell comes at the perfect time to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, whether it be going to the beach or firing up the grill,” added Rossio.
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The unseasonable warmth will last through the Bank Holiday on Monday, though temperatures will tumble several degrees north and west of the Midlands on Sunday and Monday.
In the Midlands and southern England, a more modest cooldown will occur with highs ranging from 20-24 C (68-75 F) both days.
Dry weather and increasing amounts of sunshine are forecast from Wednesday into Friday before a few showers develop across Northern Ireland by Friday afternoon.
The threat for rain will spread into western Scotland and Wales on Saturday before reaching the rest of the country on Sunday.
Downpours with localized flooding will be possible this weekend; however, most locations will not get any significant disruptions.
Dry weather will return on Monday along with plenty of sunshine for any Bank Holiday outdoor plans.