Britain set to reach temperatures of 24C this weekend

Gloucester del Sol! Britain is set to be as hot as Spain this weekend with temperatures to reach 24C… but enjoy it while it lasts as thunderstorms are coming

  • Met Office said parts of England could see weather in its mid-20Cs but warned that wet weather isn’t over 
  • And balmy weather brings danger of thunderstorms which rely on moisture and warm air that builds heat 
  • Charity also warned that high pollen counts could be dangerous for asthma sufferers who have attacks  
  • Britons could be in for a sizzling weekend with temperatures set to reach the same heights as the Costa del Sol at 24C thanks to an African plume sweeping across the UK before thunderstorms hit. 

    The Met Office said parts of England could see weather in its mid-20Cs but has also warned that wet weather seen during the week is not over. 

    And the Costa del Sol is set for temperatures of up to 24C as well on Saturday, meaning Brits won’t have to travel to feel like they are on their summer holiday. While Marbella and Malaga will also see 24C heat. 

    Forecasters put the sunnier weekend down to a hot weather plume from North Africa which is sweeping hot and dry air across Britain. 

    But with this balmy weather also brings the danger of thunderstorms – which rely on moisture and warm air – as it causes heat to build up.

    And a charity has also said there are such high pollen counts that it could cause life-threatening asthma attacks for those who suffer with the affliction. 

    The Met Office said parts of England could see weather in its mid-20Cs but has also warned that the end of the wet weather seen during the week is not over. Pictured: Riders yesterday in Wimbledon Common

    The Met Office said parts of England could see weather in its mid-20Cs but has also warned that the end of the wet weather seen during the week is not over. Pictured: Riders yesterday in Wimbledon Common

    Britons set to enjoy 24C at the weekend thanks to an African plume sweeping across UK before thunderstorms hit over weekend, forecasters say. Pictured: People enjoy the sculptures, sunshine and picturesque surrounds at The Odney Club in Cookham, Berkshire

    Britons set to enjoy 24C at the weekend thanks to an African plume sweeping across UK before thunderstorms hit over weekend, forecasters say. Pictured: People enjoy the sculptures, sunshine and picturesque surrounds at The Odney Club in Cookham, Berkshire

    Pictured is the Met Office's pollen forecast for Saturday

    Pictured is the Met Office's pollen forecast for Sunday

    And a charity has also said there are such high pollen counts that it could cause life-threatening ashtma attakcs for those who suffer with the affliction. Pictured: Pollen forecast for Saturday and Sunday

    Asthma and Lung UK said more than three million people in the UK have lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are at risk of attacks or flare-ups.

    The charity is telling people to ensure they keep on taking their preventer inhalers if they use them and to keep their reliever inhaler with them at all times.

    The Met Office forecast predicts that today will be cloudy in the north of the country even with some rain across Scotland. But in the south Brits can expect sunny spells with some wind though. 

    Richard Miles from the Met Office said: ‘Tomorrow looks like being the warmest day of the weekend, with temperatures up to 23-24C in the south east. 

    ‘Sunday will bring showers moving northward, so temperatures will probably be a bit lower. The top temperature of the year so far is 23.6C so there is a possibility of that being hit tomorrow.’

    Today, there were decent spells of sunshine in the morning and there will be bright spells the rest of the day, the Met Office has said. 

    Today, there were decent spells of sunshine in the morning and there will be bright spells the rest of the day, the Met Office has said. Pictured: Jennifer Shulver with her son Edward, two, admire the spectacular display of wisteria yesterday which has burst into bloom this week hanging over the pergola in the Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

    Today, there were decent spells of sunshine in the morning and there will be bright spells the rest of the day, the Met Office has said. Pictured: Jennifer Shulver with her son Edward, two, admire the spectacular display of wisteria yesterday which has burst into bloom this week hanging over the pergola in the Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

    The sunrises over Coquet Island (pictured) yesterday which sits 1.2 km off the Northumberland coast near Amble. The island at this time of year becomes home to over 35,000 sea birds including puffins and terns and home to a large amount of seals

    The sunrises over Coquet Island (pictured) yesterday which sits 1.2 km off the Northumberland coast near Amble. The island at this time of year becomes home to over 35,000 sea birds including puffins and terns and home to a large amount of seals

    And there will be some scattered light showers in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of 18C in London and the southeast. Pictured: A group of horse riders on a bright morning yesterday on Wimbledon Common as temperatures are forecast to rise over the coming days in London

    And there will be some scattered light showers in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of 18C in London and the southeast. Pictured: A group of horse riders on a bright morning yesterday on Wimbledon Common as temperatures are forecast to rise over the coming days in London

    And some scattered light showers in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of 18C in London and the southeast. 

    While Scotland and the north will reach highs of 16C and have a few evening showers particularly across the Peak District.

    Asthma sufferers given a warning over pollen 

    Rising pollen levels this weekend could leave people with asthma at risk of life-threatening asthma attacks, a charity has warned.

    Asthma and Lung UK said more than three million people in the UK have lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are at risk of attacks or flare-ups.

    The Met Office is predicting high pollen levels across most of England and Wales from Friday, with medium levels in other parts of the UK.

    Pollen can trigger symptoms such as a tight chest, wheezing and breathlessness in more than half of people living with asthma (59%) and more than a quarter of those living with COPD, according to research from the charity.

    Allergies can cause airways to tighten up and a build-up of sticky mucus, making it harder to breathe.

    Asthma attacks can be fatal, with around four people in the UK dying from one every day.

    Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead for Asthma and Lung UK, said: ‘When pollen levels are at their highest this can be deadly for those with lung conditions like asthma who can suffer serious symptoms and have life-threatening attacks.

    ‘These attacks can leave people fighting for breath, which can be terrifying, but there are things they can do to look after themselves.

    ‘Using your preventer inhalers as prescribed is important as the medicine reduces sensitivity and swelling in the airways, helping to prevent symptoms such as wheezing and coughing before they even start.

    ‘We also advise people to carry their reliever inhalers every day, especially when they are out and about enjoying the sunshine in case pollen does cause a flare-up of their symptoms.

    ‘Reliever inhalers quickly relax the muscles in the airways and ease symptoms immediately.

    ‘The third thing people can do is to use a steroid nasal spray every day, together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets to help stop the allergic reaction.

    ‘People should also check pollen and air pollution forecasts in their local area, so they can avoid going outdoors as much as possible on high pollen days.’

     

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    Another BBC meterteologist Nick Miller said: ‘It will be pleasantly warm [this weekend] especially when you get to see some sunshine, high pressure is close by but that is not the whole story.

    ‘Later Saturday, Saturday night, first thing Sunday there are some showers, some thunderstorms pushing up from the south and into parts of England and Wales, some of those come back Sunday night and into Monday morning.’ 

    There is also a warning of high pollen levels in the UK by the Met Office which could allergy sufferers to sneeze a lot more this week. 

    The forecaster explained: ‘Hay fever is the most common name for pollen allergy and is most commonly caused by grass pollens, although other pollens can also trigger the symptoms. The symptoms are caused when immune system reacts to pollen in the body to produce histamine and other chemicals.

    ‘Around two in every ten people have this allergy and it is thought that more than 10 million people in Britain suffer with hay fever.’

    Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead for Asthma and Lung UK, said: ‘When pollen levels are at their highest this can be deadly for those with lung conditions like asthma who can suffer serious symptoms and have life-threatening attacks.

    ‘These attacks can leave people fighting for breath, which can be terrifying, but there are things they can do to look after themselves.

    ‘Using your preventer inhalers as prescribed is important as the medicine reduces sensitivity and swelling in the airways, helping to prevent symptoms such as wheezing and coughing before they even start.

    ‘We also advise people to carry their reliever inhalers every day, especially when they are out and about enjoying the sunshine in case pollen does cause a flare-up of their symptoms.

    ‘Reliever inhalers quickly relax the muscles in the airways and ease symptoms immediately.

    ‘The third thing people can do is to use a steroid nasal spray every day, together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets to help stop the allergic reaction.

    ‘People should also check pollen and air pollution forecasts in their local area, so they can avoid going outdoors as much as possible on high pollen days.’