UK heatwave hopes rise with hot weather baking Europe heading north

UK weather: Sunshine and showers

Experts have predicted when Britain’s unsettled weather will be replaced with warmer temperatures, longer periods of sunshine and maybe even a heatwave. The UK has seen a mix of sunny spells and showers in recent weeks in stark contrast with the searing heat baking southern Europe, which has seen temperatures exceed 40C.

Read more… Virgin Media O2 to axe 2,000 jobs by the end of the year weather forecaster Jo Farrow told Brits might see temperatures in the mid-20Cs in a few weeks’ time with a possible high of 27C. For some parts of the country, if temperatures hit 25C or above on three consecutive days the Met Office classes it as an official heatwave. That fiure needs to be as high as 28C in other parts of the country such as London and the south east.

She said: “We don’t have a firm grip on this, but higher pressure might return and settle things down with longer spells of drier weather without all the chopping and changing.

“In June we were stuck in a dry, warm spell, but we’re now stuck with the jet stream further south. We’re still with Atlantic low pressure.”

Ms Farrow added heat may head towards Britain from the south towards the middle of next month with south east England possibly seeing temperatures of 24C to 27C.

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She said: “If we get warmer days in the next two to three weeks it would be a bump of warmth coming from the south which will flip up and disappear. Mid-August might see a shift in westerly flow, then we’ll get longer, drier spells and it will be up to the mid-20s.”

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told current unsettled conditions are going to remain in situ until at least early August, possibly extending even further.

He added: “Warmer than average conditions become more likely during the second half of August.”

A weather map from WXCharts shows a maximum temperature of 27C in London on August 9 with the mercury dipping as low as 14C in parts of Scotland.

Eastern England will see most of the warmth with the western half of the country a few degrees cooler, according to WXCharts’s map.

The forecasts come amid a third heatwave in Greece which has pushed temperatures back above 40 (104) across parts of the country with nighttime evacuations from fires which have raged out of control for days.

Authorities said more than 20,000 people have been involved in successive evacuations on the island, mostly tourists over the weekend, when fire swept through two coastal areas on the southeast of Rhodes.

On Wednesday, the Met Office will release its State of the UK Climate report for 2022, a year which saw recorded temperatures of more than 40C for the first time as well as wildfires and a record number of heat-related deaths.

Oli Claydon, from the Met Office, said the 40C milestone is still viewed as an extreme weather event but it is going to be increasingly more likely in the UK as the years progress.

The latest forecast from Meteogroup UK says it is set to remain mostly dry throughout the night, with many areas seeing clear skies.

Later on, areas of Wales, Northern Ireland, western Scotland and north-west England will see thick cloud move in with a few isolated spots of drizzle. Winds will be mostly gentle and westerly.

A bright start is expected for some on Wednesday, however some scattered showers are expected in the morning. The afternoon will see a band of rain push across the country from the west, even becoming heavy later in the evening for many western areas.

It will be a cloudy day for most with moderate winds, variable in direction, according to Meteogroup.

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