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North West Weather - A heatwave on the way?

Last sunset of the astronomical Spring. Preston, 20th June Photo: SONIA BASHIR

High pressure is building over the near Atlantic, set to park right over the UK by the end of the weekend and stay with us for the bulk of next week.

This means fine and dry weather is forecast, with light winds and on this occasion a warmer airflow form the near continent.

We stick with a fairly fresh northwesterly airflow for the next few days with sunny spells, coolish overnight lows and daytime highs just above the average.

High pressure parked comfortably over the UK by early next week, circulating warm and dry air from the near continent Credit: Met Office/ ITV

The warmer air will arrive by the time we reach Monday, with each coming day expected to feel a little warmer than the last.

The average daytime temperature for the North West in late June is about 18-19°C. Expected highs into next week could reach in excess of 25-27°C.

Dry and sunny weather forecast with temperatures rising day on day.... Credit: Met Office/ ITV

As we have just passed the longest day, and with plenty of sunshine on the way, UV levels will be high.

The heat may be welcome for some but for others uncomfortable and unwanted. Try and keep hydrated and stay out of direct sunlight between 11am and 4pm.

No respite for hayfever sufferers either. With the grass pollen season in full swing, combined with dry and warm weather, levels will be high or very high.