BBC Weather’s Stav Danaos has forecast highs of 40C in southern Spain next week while the low countries of Europe will hover in mid-30C. However, eastern Europe will suffer with thunderstorms and torrential downpours in areas. The mercury is expected to rise for the hottest day of the year so far.
Mr Danaos said: “High pressure is building on the western side of Europe. It’s going to be really picking up temperatures across Spain, Portugal, France, southern Britain and Germany.
“In parts of southern Spain, it will reach a low 40C.
“Meanwhile across eastern Europe, in the short-term the weather stays pretty thundery with torrential downpours in some areas.
“Also a drop in temperature across Scandinavia, we’ve had record-breaking highs there over the past few days.
“Some of these thunderstorms will be developing into Greece across high grounds.
“Lots of sunshine for Italy, Corsica and Sardinia.
“Those temperatures building in France as well in the mid to low 30s there.
“You will see highs reaching low 30s in London and close to mid 30s in Paris.”
It comes as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year so far next week, with sunny weather moving in from the weekend.
Met Office meteorologists said temperatures are forecast to rise day by day, and could reach 30C in London by Wednesday.
The current record for this year was set on May 20, when the mercury reached 28.2C at Santon Downham in Suffolk.
This beat the previous record set just the day before when London’s St James’s Park recorded a high of 26.2C.
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Saturday, when this year’s summer solstice will occur, is due to be mainly sunny and fairly warm, but rain showers will cover most of the country through the night.
Meteorologist Emma Salter said the whole country will experience wet and windy weather overnight, although rain is unlikely to last more than a few hours.
This is good news for regions like Derbyshire, which saw flash flooding after stormy weather hit this week.
Sunday will also be warm and sunny, though there is a divide between the south-east of the country where clear skies are expected, versus north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland where cloudy weather is due.
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