UK weather forecast: Glorious sunshine set to hit London with temperatures predicted to reach 23C

Londoners are set to bask in glorious sunshine next week as temperatures are expected to hit highs of 23C. 

The capital is already expected to be hotter than Portugal this weekend, with highs of 21C predicted on Saturday. 

But mercury levels are set to peak early next week, with forecasters suggesting they could reach as high as 23C on Tuesday. 

Met Office spokesman Graham Madge told the Standard: “We expect to see a fairly sunny weekend with the odd bit of April showers. 

Soaring temperatures: Londoners can expect highs of 23C (AFP/Getty Images)

“Sunday will be the wetter day of the weekend, with temperatures settling down at about 15C. 

“Come Monday morning, however, we’ll be seeing warm southerly winds blowing into London and the south east, heating everything up nicely. 

Hot weather in London – July 2016


Workers bask in glorious sunshine by the River Thames

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Workers spend lunch in the sun

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People enjoying the sunshine on London Riverside

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A young woman dips her feet into a fountain in Trafalgar Square

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People stroll through St James’s Park

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A man sits in a deck chair in St James’s Park

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“We expect to see highs of 20C throughout the day on Monday, followed by an even higher peak of 23C on Tuesday. 

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“Although it’s difficult to say for sure at this stage, we imagine temperatures will remain relatively high as the week goes on.”

Meanwhile the rest of the UK is expected to feel “generally warmer over the weekend with sunshine and scattered heavy showers breaking through”. 

Hot weather in London – May 2016


People enjoy the sun in Potters Field Park

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The early morning sun rises behind the Canary Wharf skyline from Tower Hamlets

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Construction workers lie in the sun in Potters Field Park

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A swan escorts her signets in Barnes

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Two women relax in the sun on deck chairs in Hyde Park

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A couple relax in the glorious sunshine at Kew Gardens

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People relax in the sunshine on a warm day in London

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People relax in the afternoon sunshine in Green Park

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A plane passes the Sun

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A couple enjoy the bluebells in Kew Gardens

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Two women enjoy the sun on deckchairs in St James Park

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A woman photographs a display of flowers in St James Park

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Showers are expected to break up sunny spells on Monday and Tuesday, before a drier day on Wednesday.

It is expected to remain cooler in Scotland and the north east with temperatures hitting highs of around 15C. 

Met Office: London to be warmer than Portugal

London is expected to hit highs above those expected on Portugal’s south coast over the weekend, where it is expected to be around 17C.

London Marathon hopefuls looks set to face warm temperatures and scattered showers as they prepare to take on the 26.2 mile run on April 22.

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