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Experts say today will be warmest day of the year so far

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

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WEATHER experts have predicted for Burton and South Derbyshire to experience some of the warmest temperatures of the year so far today.

Forecasters at the Met Office said the mercury level would raise to about 21C today and hit a similar level tomorrow.

Warm air will sweep in from the south west bringing spells of glorious sunshine and temperatures which could be warmer than the Mediterranean party isle of Ibiza.

A spokesman from the Met Office told the Mail: “It’s likely to be some of the warmest temperatures of the year so far on Saturday.

“It’s high-pressure over the United Kingdom at the minute that is bringing this period of weather.”

Burton and South Derbyshire are expected to enjoy extensive periods of sunshine with some cloud.

Temperatures were predicted to be in at least the high teens, but could reach the low 20s depending on location.

The Met Office spokesman said: “The sun should be out throughout the day for some prolonged periods and there could also be some patchy cloud later on.”

The town is expected to enjoy similar temperatures tomorrow, although more cloud has been predicted.

The spokesman said: “There will be much more cloud but the temperatures will be much the same and not changing much.”

Weather is expected to become unsettled heading in to next week with showers and rain predicted for Monday.

The spokesman said: “The start of next week is fairly changeable.

“There’s the chance of showers and patchy sunshine but at the start of the week temperatures will hold.”

News that temperatures were set to soar this weekend led to major supermarket chains predict bumper sales of barbecue food and booze.

Tesco said up to 25 million bottles of beer, a million packs of sausages and almost a quarter of a million steaks could be sold.

Asda also predicted a boost in demand for barbecue food, wine and sun cream while Sainsbury’s expects customers to chomp their way through 10 million sausages.

The forecast comes after weather experts poured cold water over claims the region was expected to receive heatwave temperatures for the last two weeks of May.

The Met Office said temperatures must surpass 30C for three to five days for it to be classed as a heatwave.

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