Exactly when temperatures in London will hit 20C and how long the heat will last

After weeks of grey skies and rain showers, many are eagerly waiting for when the summer weather finally arrives.

With suggestions that May 2021 could be one of the wettest on record ever, the sunny skies can not come soon enough.

According to weather forecaster AccuWeather it will not be until early June that we will finally see the temperature hit 20C.

It looks like June 2 will be the first day that Londoners will get to feel the heat, with the temperature stuck in the mid to high teens for the rest of May.

From there onwards it looks set to be a nice warm month, with most of the following days hitting the same temperature of 20C or higher.

With the exception of a few days where AccuWeather has predicted highs of just 18C, the rest of June looks set to bring toasty temperatures in the 20s.

The first week of the month will bring a mix of sunny and cloudy skies but thankfully there’s no sign of any rain at this moment.

Until then we will have to power through the grey and miserable May weather.

Over the coming days Londoners can expect a little dip in the temperature with highs of just 12C on Sunday, May 23 and Monday, May 24.

The rain showers are also set to continue throughout the start of next week, so make sure whenever you go out you have your umbrella handy.

The weather this May has been particularly wet and windy

After a sunny April, the month of May has given an unprecedented amount of rain in London and all over the country.

According to Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern the poor weather has all been because of a blocking anti-cyclone: “April’s weather was because we saw a blocking anti-cyclone. This is effectively a large area of high pressure that sits stubbornly in one place and helps to divert the jet stream.

“During April, that high was sat close to the UK and the jet stream was split into two, like a boulder in stream, the flow was diverted away from the UK – taking cloud and rain away from us and leaving us with clear skies.

Exactly when temperatures in London will hit 20C and how long the heat will last

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“It also left us in a relatively cool air flow and that meant, despite the sunshine by day, we had clear skies at night, which led to the frostiest April on record.

“May’s weather has also been down to a blocking anti-cyclone – but, if you don’t like the rain, you could argue this blocking high has been in the wrong place. This time, it’s been over Greenland and that helped to push the jet stream well to the south, compared to normal.

“We’ve been in a dip of the jet stream, where low pressure moves in and mills around for several days – so we’ve seen wind and rain, followed by frequent heavy showers.”

Thankfully with lockdown measures easing we can once again visit restaurants, pubs and bars, and sit inside where you are safe from the unforgiving British weather.

In just a few weeks the weather should see some improvements and we can once again enjoy sitting outside.

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