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Heatwave claims put on ice amid rain forecasts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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WEATHER experts have poured cold water over claims that heatwave conditions will hit the region this month.

The Met Office dismissed claims from forecasters at Exacta Weather who claimed the nation will bask under glorious sunshine and temperatures of 28C for two weeks.

Instead, a spokesman from the Government department said there were ‘small signals’ that mainland Europe could experience warmer than average temperatures.

The spokesman said: “It’s far too early to tell if that will extend as far north as the UK.

“In the absence of any strong signals, the conditions will be the most likely for the time of the year.”

This was in contrast to comments in the national press from weather expert James Madden, of Exacta Weather, who said temperatures would start to rise from the middle of the month and stay high until June.

The Met Office spokesman said Burton and South Derbyshire would experience a mix of sunshine, clouds and showers, with the mercury rising to between 14C and 16C this week.

Today, there will be a bright start for the region with sunny spells to start with, although there will be some light showers throughout the day.

The Met Office spokesman predicted more showery conditions tomorrow, which could hang around in the Midlands.

Another bright start is expected on Friday, followed by more showers.

The spokesman added: “There is going to be sunshine and showers with mild temperatures most nights through the week.”

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