Met Office weather forecast for Leeds as UK enjoys ‘mini-heatwave’

Temperatures are in Leeds are on the rise this week - with the mercury set to hit 28C.

Tuesday, 7th September 2021, 11:16 am

The Met Office said some areas of the UK were edging close to recording an official heatwave this week as pupils head back to school.

On Monday, the maximum UK temperature was logged at 28.9C in Larkhill, Wiltshire, closely followed by the 28.8C recorded at Santon Downham, Suffolk, and 28.7C at Middle Wallop in Hampshire.

In Wales, the highest temperature was 27.1C at Usk in Monmouthshire, while the mercury reached 24C at Fyvie Castle in Scotland’s Aberdeenshire and 22.2C at Ballywatticock in Northern Ireland.

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Leeds is set to see temperatures of 28C tomorrow (Wednesday).

Met Office weather forecast for Leeds

Here in Leeds, we're expecting to see highs of 27C today (Tuesday) and 28C tomorrow.

Temperatures will reach their peak during the late afternoon on both days.

When will the hot weather end in Leeds?

Temperatures are set to drop off again on Thursday, with highs of 22C expected.

There's even a yellow thunderstorm warning in place for Leeds on Thursday, set to last from 11am to 8pm.

It's then set to get gradually cooler over the weekend, with temperatures dropping to a maximum of 20C on Saturday and 17C on Sunday.

What about the rest of the UK?

Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office meteorologist, said central and eastern England were the likely areas that could experience a maximum of 30C on Tuesday.

More widely across England and Wales, conditions will be in the mid-to-high 20s, while Scotland and Northern Ireland could see temperatures around 24C to 25C.

Mr Dewhurst said low pressure moving in from the south west on Wednesday make it “less hot” in parts of Wales and Northern Ireland, but “hot air” will remain in central and eastern England and Scotland, bringing highs of 26C to 29C.

Temperatures will fall later in the week, with an increased risk of some heavy showers.

Mr Dewhurst said central and eastern parts of England were “most likely” to record an official heatwave across Monday to Wednesday, but will only “just about make it”.

A location meets the UK heatwave threshold when it records a period of at least three consecutive days of daily maximum temperature levels meeting or exceeding thresholds which vary across the country.

These include 25C for Wales, Scotland and south-west England, 27C for southern and eastern England and 28C for London.

“We often get a warmer spell particularly early on in September,” Mr Dewhurst said, adding: “August was particularly cool… and cloudy, so this spell is the warmest spell of weather since July for the UK.”

September has already beaten this August’s highest temperature of 27.2C in the UK, which last happened in 2016.

The current warm weather follows the official end of summer, from a meteorological point of view, which is considered to be August 31.

Mr Dewhurst added: “We often get a warmer spell particularly early on in September.

“August was particularly cool… and cloudy, so this spell is the warmest spell of weather since July for the UK.”

September has already beaten this August’s highest temperature of 27.2C in the UK, which last happened in 2016.

The current warm weather follows the official end of summer, from a meteorological point of view, which is considered to be August 31.

However, temperatures are set to fall later in the week with an increased risk of some heavy showers.

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