AFTER a chilly and damp start to the week, weather forecasters are predicting a “significant spring heatwave” across parts of Europe later this week, with temperatures set to soar as high as 40°C in some parts of Spain by Thursday.
BBC Weather’s forecaster, Sarah Keith-Lucas, has attributed the soaring temperatures to high pressure across the region, with warm air from the Sahara replacing colder Arctic air. Although temperatures in the UK are not expected to reach these highs, Wales can still expect a warmer outlook for the end of the week, with temperatures in Cardiff predicted to rise to around 15°C by Saturday and Sunday.
However, the increase in temperatures comes with an increased chance of rain, with Wales forecast to experience unsettled weather through to Friday, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle expected.
Looking ahead to the start of May, the Met Office predicts that “milder conditions” will spread northwards, with a spell of predominantly dry weather across the UK. However, northern and western areas may experience some rain and strong winds initially, with temperatures starting below average in the far north before increasing to slightly above average through the period.
While the prospect of a spring heatwave may be exciting, it is important to stay vigilant and take precautions to stay safe in high temperatures, particularly for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and young children.