BBC Weather’s Helen Willetts forecast a heatwave to push across Europe next week as places in Iberia will be 10C to 15C above where they would be for the time of year. The new weather pattern is expected to warmest in summer so far. Meanwhile, there are some red warnings for thunderstorms in southeastern Europe.
Ms Willetts said: “Temperatures are about 10C to 15C above where they should be but further south there are some intense thunderstorms.
“There are some amber warnings and briefly red warnings as well with hailstorms and brief lightning.
“Further west it’s a little bit drier and we will start to build the heat across Iberia this week and this heat will push into France and the low countries.
“Here, we will be looking at temperatures towards 30C and 40C in Iberia, the warmest spell of the summer so far.
“A few showers will also affect Turkey around the Black Sea resorts but most definitely in the Balkans and Poland.
“We’ve had temperatures around 30C.
“That heat is with us for other parts next week in Madrid, Rome, Paris and London.
“A greater chance in picking up some heavy downpours further east for the likes of Kyiv.”
It comes as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year so far next week, with sunny weather moving in from the weekend.
Met Office meteorologists said temperatures are forecast to rise day by day, and could reach 30C in London by Wednesday.
The current record for this year was set on May 20, when the mercury reached 28.2C at Santon Downham in Suffolk.
This beat the previous record set just the day before when London’s St James’s Park recorded a high of 26.2C.
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Saturday, when this year’s summer solstice will occur, is due to be mainly sunny and fairly warm, but rain showers will cover most of the country through the night.
Meteorologist Emma Salter said the whole country will experience wet and windy weather overnight, although rain is unlikely to last more than a few hours.
This is good news for regions like Derbyshire, which saw flash flooding after stormy weather hit this week.
Sunday will also be warm and sunny, though there is a divide between the south-east of the country where clear skies are expected, versus north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland where cloudy weather is due.
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