This is when warm weather will hit Lancashire this week as parts of the UK are forecast to be hotter than Marbella and Ibiza

Parts of the UK are set for a scorcher, as predictions for the hottest day of the year so far could see temperatures climb as high as 27C (80.6F) this week.

Monday, 18th May 2020, 7:00 am

Over the next few days, most parts of the UK will see warm sunshine and clear skies as the mercury climbs into the mid-20s.

But by Wednesday, the temperature in London and the South East of England could surpass the 26C (78.8F) recorded in Treknow, Cornwall, on Good Friday.

While parts of the UK could be warmer than some of Europe’s top holiday destinations, including Marbella and Ibiza, things are set to be slightly cooler across Lancashire.

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Much of Lancashire, including, Blackpool, Preston and Burnley, will see warm sunshine and temperatures of around 22C.

As the mini heatwave continues into Friday for many parts of the country, Lancashire will see temperatures steadily decline as we head towards the weekend.

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But it will begin to clear going into the middle of the week, as warm southerly winds from the Mediterranean start to move north, Mr Box said.

By Wednesday, parts of Scotland and northern Ireland will reach highs of 22C (71.6F) while Wales could see 23C (73.4F) by the afternoon. The North of England will hit a maximum temperature of 26C (78.8F).

Mr Box, said: “It’s going to be very hot for large parts of England for most of the week, reaching highs of 27C (80.6F) on Wednesday, which would make it the hottest day of the year so far.

“This will occur due to large areas of high pressure, combined with southerly winds from the continent, bringing with it, pleasant sunshine, dry skies and warmer air.”

There is a possibility of thunder and bands of rain across the south and east of England and Wales on Thursday while Friday could be windy, mainly for western areas, with heavy downpours.