Met Office warning as Saharan dust cloud to sweep across UK during 32C heatwave

Weather maps show Saharan "dust clouds" heading for Britain as temperatures are set to reach a scorching 32C across parts of the UK.

Wednesday or Thursday, according to forecasters, will see the hot temperatures reach their zenith, with Brits expected to flock to the beach.

And the organisation says there could be the opportunity to capture "some picturesque sunsets" with the help of the Saharan visitor, with the heat set to last until the weekend.

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"Saharan dust, as indicated by the brighter pinks in the satellite imagery below, is likely to extend across parts of the UK this week," the office posted on X, formerly Twitter.

"Combined with mostly clear skies; there could be some picturesque sunsets."

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a yellow alert in place across the whole of England apart from the North East, between 2pm on Monday and 9pm on Sunday, September 10.

Temperatures could reach 32C on Wednesday and Thursday, with the UK forecast to be hotter than Ibiza in Spain, Ayia Napa in Cyprus and Athens in Greece.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon told the PA news agency: โ€œWe will see good sunny conditions through the week with cloudless skies, and some high temperatures by the time we get to Wednesday and Thursday, where we could see 31C maybe 32C.

"The high temperatures are quite widely spread across the UK, although the highest temperatures are probably somewhere in south-eastern England spreading out to central parts of England as well.

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โ€œ(It could be) a warm night overnight on Wednesday, with the potential for temperatures not dropping below 20C, which is what we term a tropical night.

"Thatโ€™s most likely in the southern half of the UK and more likely in urban areas where the temperatures obviously stay up that little bit higher overnight.

"Then as we move through to Thursday, another hot day with highs of 31C to 32C. And again, another warm night with potential for a tropical night on Thursday.โ€

Temperatures are expected to drop from Monday, September 11, although parts of the South East should retain the warmth the longest.

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