UK weather forecast: ‘Heat dome’ to blast Britain as temperatures sizzle to 32C
The Met Office’s long-range forecast has predicted a series of ‘mini heatwaves’ which could last for the next three-months, with above average temperatures “more likely” until September. The weather experts state: “For July-August-September as a whole, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.” It added: “Climate warming leads to an increased likelihood of warmer-than-average conditions compared to the long-term average.” Brian Gaze, forecaster for the Weather Outlook, has predicted the South and East of the UK will see the best of the conditions as a warm weather system moves in from across the continent.
Mr Gaze said: “The dome of heat over the Continent is forecast to extend to the UK later in July and August during school holidays.
“Several spells reaching 32C in the UK are expected by the end of August.
“The south and east will be hottest, but the north and west will also get the heat at times.”
Meanwhile the UK will not have to wait long for an upturn in the weather, as temperatures are set to reach 28C tomorrow.
The UK will remain dry with plenty of blue skies and sunshine.
Temperatures will be very warm for most of the day with just a light south-westerly wind.
Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: “The start of the week will be fine, dry and sunny across much of the country.
“On Tuesday, there is an isolated chance temperatures will hit 28C in London and the far west of Bristol.”
Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said the warm weather will continue with temperatures rising on Wednesday before a band of rain edges its way South.
Ms Roberts said: “Tuesday looks like 27C, Wednesday has 28C possible as a band of showers pushes south.
“It could be warm again by the weekend, although breezy.”
However, the warm weather will not last long as on Wednesday evening conditions are set to take a significant turn with outbreaks of rain in the north-west, some of which will be heavy at times.
A low pressure system is set to bring “substantial rain” across Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of the week before temperatures soar again going into next week.
BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor said: “As we go into the second half of the week, things start to change.
“This low-pressure system gets closer and closer.
“Not quite with us for Wednesday across southern and eastern areas dry and bright day to come again, lots of sunshine around, particularly across England and Wales.”
He added: “Sunshine increasingly hazy across the west, grey skies for Scotland and Northern Ireland and a greater chance of outbreaks of rain before Wednesday is over.
“Through Wednesday night we will see much more substantial rain developing.
“Maybe the northern half of the country and the south will remain a little bit parched with one or two showers as we head into Thursday.
“More substantial rain is expected for Friday this time for England and Wales.”
A band of wet weather for much of the North is set to settle down into the weekend as weather charts show another warm weather system moving across the UK into next week.
WXCharts are predicting highs of 27C in Scotland and 32C in the South east by the end of next week.