Nottinghamshire could be as hot as Spain next week as Britain basks in mini heatwave

Temperatures are set to rise in the next week
Temperatures are set to rise in the next week

The temperature is on the rise and next week the UK will be basking in temperatures as hot as Spain, with temperatures set to reach a scorching 30C (86F).

This unusual heatwave will bring incredibly warm temperatures, with next Wednesday set to be the hottest day of 2018 so far.

This weekend is expected to be warm with pure sunshine and clear, blue skies, and the peak temperature of 30C predicted for next week matches those of popular Spanish holiday destinations.

On Saturday Nottinghamshire will see highs of 20C and Sunday will enjoy highs of 21C, with temperatures then continuing to climb.

The average temperature for this time of year is usually about 21C in London and the south of England.

Operational meteorologist at the Met Office, Martin Bowles said: "There's widespread sunshine for several days due”, and that "The temperature will be up a little bit each day."

The forecaster also explained that parts of the UK are likely to reach 30C on Wednesday, explaining: "Monday 27C, Tuesday 28C, it's quite likely, I'd say more likely than not, that somewhere in the UK on Wednesday will get 30C”.

Although this is not certain as Wednesday is still quite a way away in regards to accurate forecasting terms, with the temperature set to climb everyday until then, temperatures of late 20s and early 30s are not unexpected.

If Britain does hit 30C it will be as hot, if not hotter, than Gibraltar and parts of Southern Spain. Gibraltar is set to be 25C and 26C for most of the week, it being 25C on Wednesday. Marbella is also set to reach a peak of 25C on Wednesday, making the UK hotter than some parts of Spain.