BBC Weather: Low pressure to spark ‘torrential downpours’ this weekend ahead of 31C heat

BBC Weather: Europe forecast mix of sunshine and downpours

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BBC Weather’s Stav Danaos said it will mostly be warm across Europe this weekend but thundery downpours are expected to break out over France and Germany. The low pressure weather front is set to move further east on Saturday. Meanwhile, temperatures are set to reach highs of 31C in Madrid next week.

He said: “High pressures dominating the season across the north of Europe bringing a lot of dry, sunny and warm weather but we have areas of low pressure.

“One complicated area with its low pressure front is pushing into the warmth and the sunshine.

“We’ve seen some thundery downpours breakout through France across into the low countries as we head into Friday. Some torrential downpours in places.

“Much of the eastern Meditteranean is dry, sunny and warm.”

He added: “The showers and thunderstorms will push further east into the weekend.

“Behind it is something a little more settled with temperatures closer to the seasonal norm but high pressure will start to move back into western Europe.”

It comes as parts of the UK will just miss out on an official heatwave despite temperatures remaining high, the Met Office has said.

To meet the definition of a heatwave, areas must see three consecutive days of high temperatures – ranging from around 25C to 28C – depending on location.

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Although temperatures around the country are expected to stay in the twenties on Thursday, most places will not “tick the box” for a heatwave.

It comes as temperature records for the year were smashed on Wednesday, with the mercury climbing to almost 30C in some places.

Northolt in west London peaked at 28.3C on Wednesday afternoon, surpassing Tuesday’s record of 26.1C in Cardiff, and meaning the UK recorded its third successive warmest day of 2021.

Parts of Surrey and Kent also saw temperatures of between 27 and 28C, while the village of Hawarden in Flintshire reached 26.5C to become Wales’ own warmest day of the year.

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Scotland also recorded its hottest days of 2021 with Achnagart reaching 25.4C, while the 23.3C in Ballywatticock, Northern Ireland, matched its previous warmest day of the year.

The warm weather has been a welcome break for people following a washout May, which brought heavy downpours and prolonged spells of rain for much of the UK.

But Steven Keates, meteorologist at the Met Office, said it was “unlikely” that heatwave criteria would be met.

“We define a heatwave depending on three consecutive days meeting certain temperature thresholds and it depends where you are in the UK – it ranges from about 25 to 28 degrees,” he said.

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