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Byline: NATHAN BEVAN Reporter

SUNSEEKERS in Wales are gearing up for what's predicted to be one of the hottest starts to June ever.

Some forecasting models are predicting that temperatures could hit anything up to 28degC next week.

The balmy conditions will be courtesy of a plume of warm air from the Continent and the Azores.

Forecasters think that, after a damp start to the week, summer could announce its arrival on Wednesday when the hot blast is likely to reach us. By the end of the week the mercury is expected to peak at 28degC in the south and the mid-20s in many other parts, though the north might be around 8degC cooler.

The rising temperatures will be a welcome relief, because experts think today might see heavy rain, thunder and winds of up to 50mph.

BBC Wales forecaster Derek Brockway tweeted: "A change on the way! By this time next week it should be much warmer but thunderstorms may drift up from Spain".

He tweeted an image from a different forecasting model that predicts temperatures could hit 28degC in the south of England and up to 27degC in parts of Wales.

Channel 4 forecaster Liam Dutton added: "Signs of our first burst of summer heat next weekend. Temps of 20-27degC on Saturday".

"We haven't had the chance to say barbecue weather much this spring but next week we could well be talking about a heatwave," said British Weather Services forecaster Jim Dale. "It is going to be quite a surprise for many, with quite a dramatic change in the weather expected.

"We are looking at temperatures quite widely in the mid-20degCs, well above the 16degC average for June."

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts added: "Towards the latter part of next week we are expecting a continental feed which will bring warm air into the country.

"It does look like things will warm up and we have high confidence of above-average temperatures.

"However, we are keeping our eyes on a low pressure system on Monday and Tuesday which could bring some unsettled conditions."

The Met Office's three-month outlook predicts above average temperatures until the end of August. In contrast, figures show May was cooler and wetter than normal.


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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 31, 2015
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