BBC weather: Sahara desert winds strike UK and force temperatures to soar

BBC Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood explained that the rest of the week is likely to be very humid and hot for the majority of the country. She added that there would be a brief period of heavy showers on Tuesday night and parts of Wednesday but noted that the hot temperatures would continue to persist. Ms Kirkwood said: “It is a muggy start, it is a cloudy one as we have some mist and fog.

“If you saw the sunrise it may have been a bit redder than normal, that is because the breeze and the wind picking up dust from the Sahara Desert and that will be the case for the next couple of days.

“Here at Blenheim Palace we will lose this mist and fog that we currently have, we will where you are as well.

“It is going to be muggy for the next few days and nights and to give you an example tonight in London we don’t expect the temperature to fall lower than about 27 degrees at 10 o clock.

“The forecast for today is a hot and humid one and it is also one with some showers and some thunderstorms later on.

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“Some of those will produce frequent lightning and some torrential rain.”

“What is happening is we have got high pressure anchored out towards the east, we are dragging up the wind from North Africa and the weather front in the west is still producing some rain through Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

Ms Kirkwood continued to explain that there will be heavy cloud for some, particularly in Northern Ireland where it will linger and parts of north-west England.

She added that through the afternoon clouds should clear for the majority of the country due to the intense sunshine.

The BBC Weather presenter said: “Temperature-wise it is going to be hot and humid.

“The hottest temperatures will be in the south-east of the country where we are expecting 34C possibly 35C but you can see widely we are looking at the high 20s or locally the low 30s.

The weather presenter closed by forecasting the weather for tomorrow.

She said: “We will see some showers in Devon and Cornwall at midnight but later on in Wednesday but they will be replaced by some thunderstorms coming in through.

“From the southwest pushing to the north, northeastwards.

“Anywhere could catch a shower and torrential rain and frequent lightning.”

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