BRITS have been enjoying soaring temperatures that have coincided with the World Cup and Wimbledon – but will the good weather continue?
Here is what we know about the heatwave and UK’s latest weather forecast.
2018 Ben Stevens / i-Images A heatwave has struck large parts of the UK with people flocking to parks and beaches to bask in the sun
How hot is it today?
Most Brits will see plenty of sunshine this weekend, with Saturday expected to be warm and sunny across the country.
Temperatures in London and the South East could near 30C.
The hottest day of the year so far was recorded as Sunday, July 8.
Temperatures of 32.4C (90F) were recorded in Gosport, Hampshire, the Met Office said.
What’s the UK weather forecast for the next five days?
The current spell of good weather has now lasted for coming up on three weeks.
The Met Office predictions for the coming days are:
Saturday – Warm across England and Wales with sunny spells and isolated afternoon showers in some central and eastern parts. Cloudier for Northern Ireland and Scotland, with light rain in the west.
Saturday to Tuesday – Sunday hot and sunny for England and Wales, cloudier with rain across Northern Ireland and west Scotland. Becoming cooler from the west but increasingly showery early next week, with thunderstorms.
Sun The heatwave is continuing in the UK
What is a heatwave?
The World Meteorological Organisation definition of a heatwave is “when the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5C, the normal period being 1961-1990”.
They are most common in summer when high pressure develops across an area.
High-pressure systems are slow moving and can persist over an area for a prolonged period of time such as days or weeks.
They can occur in the UK due to the location of the jet stream, which is usually to the north of the UK in the summer.
This can allow high pressure to develop over the UK resulting in persistent dry and settled weather.
When was the hottest heatwave in UK history?
The scorching summer of 1976 was the hottest summer since records began.
It led to a severe drought owing to the exceptionally dry conditions, although it is thought that 1995 was drier.
In the summer of 1976, Heathrow had 16 consecutive days over 30C from June 23 to July 8, and for 15 consecutive days from June 23 to July 7 temperatures reached 32.2C somewhere in England.
But the single hottest temperature of 38.5C was set on August 10, 2003.