It’s the first proper spell of hot weather to hit the UK this summer – and County Armagh will enjoy some of those benefits.
While the Orchard county will see temperatures rise to around 23 degrees on Friday (according to the Met Office) – enough to dust down the BBQ and paddling pool – southern parts of the UK will see the mercury levels hit the low thirties.
Armagh will see temperatures slowly creep up through the week, with 20 degrees on Thursday – rising by three degrees 24 hours later.
Some parts of Northern Ireland will see 24 on their thermometers.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Rudman, said: “Temperatures will rise through the week, becoming well above-average by day by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to reach 30C or even 33C in isolated spots.
“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is still unusual for temperature to exceed these values in June. Many areas will also see some warm nights with temperatures expected to be in the mid to high teens overnight.”
Temperatures are on the rise this week, reaching the low thirties by Friday 🌡️ pic.twitter.com/xClQ348MGe
— Met Office (@metoffice) June 13, 2022
A UK heatwave threshold is met when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold. The threshold varies by UK county.
The highest temperature reached in the UK so far this year is 27.5C at Heathrow on 17th May. It is still relatively unusual for temperature to reach the mid 30C’s in June and you have to go back to 1976 for the highest recorded June UK temperature (records date from 1884). 35.6C was reached at Southampton Mayflower Park on 28th June 1976.