Weather forecasters reckon temperatures in the UK could soon rise into the mid-20Cs as a hot spell is heading our way from the end of this week.
Although Storm Agnes is due to batter northern regions today (Wednesday, September) and tomorrow (Thursday, September 28) upcoming Indian Summer conditions have been tipped to make September "the hottest on record".
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden says we can expect "another spell of Indian Summer weather and ample sunshine… as high pressure nudges in across our shores and brings another period of very warm temperatures".
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Madden expects temperatures this weekend to "reach as high or even exceed the mid-20Cs in parts of the south". He adds: "Parts further north should nudge 20C or more in the best of this late summer sunshine, some several degrees above-average for the time of the year."
Heading into October, Madden says there is uncertainty over whether conditions will make a significant turn for the worse or better. "Our forecast favours some sort of warm spell continuation for next week to begin with, and before turning more unsettled later in the week and up to mid-October," he writes.
The upcoming warm spell means this month could be the hottest September on record.
The Central England Temperature is a monthly average surface air temperature reading taken in the Midlands. It is the oldest temperature dataset in the world. At the start of this week that reading for this month so far was over 18C, more than 1.5C higher than the previous September record.
Madden writes: "Now through the early to mid-part of this week is likely to see some reductions in that currently record-breaking September temperature (CET), but not by much, and temperatures are also going to be on the rise again during the final few days of September.
"So a fluctuation downwards over the next few days, will be quickly replaced by an uptick in temperatures by the end of this week, and this will see things going very closely as to whether September 2023 could beat the September 2006 mean record of 16.8C to become the hottest September on record."
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