UK weather: Weekend forecast for Bristol as Brits set for blistering heatwave

Bristol will enjoy a warm and sunny weekend before a blistering heatwave settles over the UK on Monday (July 11).

Temperatures will peak in the mid-20s and UV levels will be “very high” across the city, making it important to wear sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible. Old people and children may need extra care during hot spells.

Unfortunately, the gentle northwesterly breeze will do little to relieve us from the scorching heat and temperatures will remain in the 20s until 11pm. The light wind will move to the west tomorrow (Sunday, July 10) allowing the mercury to remain high.

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Temperatures will peak around 25 or 26C in Bristol today (Saturday, July 9)
Temperatures will peak around 25 or 26C in Bristol today (Saturday, July 9)
(Image: Met Office)

Today (Saturday, July 9) will begin warm, with the mercury hitting 20C before most people have their breakfast. Any lingering clouds will clear by 12pm, making it an excellent day for the beach.

However, be aware that temperatures in Weston-super-Mare, and other coastal locations, will be lower than in the city, so remember to take a light jumper. UV levels will peak as “very high” at 1pm, so you should seek shade then and reapply sunscreen.

The day will remain hot right up until 7pm, but there will be slightly more breeze from 6pm onwards, which could make conditions more pleasant. Sunset is around 9.30pm and the mercury will fall to 20C around 11.

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Temperatures will peak around 25 or 26C in Bristol today (Saturday, July 9)
Temperatures will peak around 25 or 26C in Bristol today (Saturday, July 9)
(Image: Met Office)

Tomorrow (Sunday, July 10) will start off warm, but slightly cooler than today. Temperatures will creep up throughout the afternoon and peak at 26 or 27C around 4pm.

Again, UV levels will be “very high” around 1pm, so you should find shade and reapply sunscreen. It will be a sticky night, with the mercury falling sluggishly and remaining in the 20s until the early hours of Monday morning.

UK heatwave

The Met Office has issued an extreme heat warning for the UK from Monday to Friday this week and said temperatures could reach 35C in the southeast, The Mirror reports. The mercury may even hit record heights, surpassing the 38.7C record from July 2019.

Forecasters have put a Level 3 Health Alert in place next week from Monday until Friday meaning a heatwave is likely. The Met Office has advised people to look out for those at risk in sweltering temperatures, like the elderly, young children, babies and those with underlying health conditions.

The Met Office said: “Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot.”

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