Devon to bask in sunshine but warm spell to break after Bank Holiday weekend



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Devonians will be able to bask in the hottest temperatures since September when a wave of warm air moves across the country in the coming days, forecasters have predicted.

The working week will be book-ended by the best of the weather, with highs of up to 27C in some parts of the UK (80.6F) expected on Friday.

Exeter is forecast to enjoy 23C on Saturday, as the Exeter Chiefs contest the Premiership final at Twickenham, followed by expected clear skies for Exeter City’s play-off final date at Wembley.

Many places will enjoy temperatures in the 20s throughout the week, with only the odd shower predicted in the Westcountry.

Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Exeter-based Met Office, said: “Monday is looking like a pretty good day across much of the country, with a good deal of sunshine.

“We could see highs of 25C (77F) in London, the East Midlands and East Anglia, which will get the best of the weather.

“There will be some patchy drizzle on Tuesday and Wednesday when temperatures dip a couple of degrees maybe, but by Thursday we expect to see things on the rise again.

“If we reach 26C (78.8F) then we will have the hottest day of the year so far, but it is Friday which is shaping up to see temperatures peaking.

“We are looking at the high 20s – possibly 27C – with warm air coming up from the south. It’s going to feel pretty good.”

However, the long-term forecast suggests the warm spell may break towards the end of the Bank Holiday weekend.

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The Met Office 30-day forecast says: “Towards the end of the weekend and through the beginning of June conditions are likely to turn more unsettled.

This will bring a greater risk of showery rain and stronger winds over many parts, with the strongest winds perhaps across the west and south west.

“Temperatures will return closer to normal by the end of the month, although in any sunshine it will still become rather warm.

But those looking for the warm run to continue into the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend might be left disappointed.

Mr Burkill added: “This is looking like being the warmest spell we’ve had since September last year, but it might not last beyond Friday – from then we are looking at the possibility of some thunder and showers and temperatures taking a dip.”

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