The official start to summer is exactly one month away, but forecasters believe Londoners can expect a taste of what’s to come this long weekend.
It’ll be hot and dry, with the daytime temperature hitting nearly 30 degrees by holiday Monday.
“Overall, the spring has just been more like winter than winter was so it’s kind of been an odd season so far, but there are signs now that it’s changing and it’s happening in a hurry all starting this May 2/4 weekend and then really taking hold as we head into June,” said Chief Meteorologist for Global News Anthony Farnell. “June overall is expected to be a much above normal month, dryer than normal as well and that might be a concern by the end of the summer. Overall, it’s looking like a pretty hot summer, especially considering where we’ve come the last couple of months.”
Farnell wouldn’t be surprised if we set some new warm weather records this summer.
“The big question is do we get those heat waves that last for days on end where it feels like 40 degrees, and that’s a little bit tougher to predict but we’re overall going with warmer than normal, quite a bit warmer,” said Farnell. “In fact, it could be the warmest summer in London going back to 2012 so it’s been a while that we’ve seen the signs that it’s going to be a hot summer like this.”
Unfortunately, Farnell admits this may be a difficult summer for gardeners and farmers.
“So far, April has been below normal rainfall, May is on that track as well and really with no rain in sight heading through the next 7 to 10 days, that’s starting to become a concern and that actually plays into our hotter than normal forecast,” he said. “When you get dry ground, it’s a lot easier to heat up with that summer sun.”
The first day of summer 2016 is June 20th.